FP3 – Verstappen Dominates Practice Sessions in Saudi Arabia, but Aston Martin and Mercedes Show Promise

FP3 Report Summary

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is shaping up to be an exciting race, with dominant performances from Max Verstappen of Red Bull in the three practice sessions. Verstappen has shown utter dominance throughout the weekend so far, topping all three practice sessions and putting himself in a strong position for the race.

However, Aston Martin and Mercedes have shown strong form and look to be the biggest rivals to Red Bull’s dominance. Ferrari, on the other hand, had reliability concerns with their power units, and it remains to be seen if they can turn up their engines enough to challenge for pole position.

Charles Leclerc will serve a 10-place grid penalty, while Nyck de Vries had to sit out the session due to a power unit change. This means that de Vries, the only driver with no experience of the track, will face a tough challenge to make it out of Q1 later on.

The midfield is tight, with the smallest mistakes making the difference between a top 10 berth and a back of the grid start. This was evident in the last race in Bahrain, where five different teams went out in Q1.

The final practice session took place in daylight, with qualifying set to take place under floodlights later in the evening. The track temperature is expected to drop significantly for the evening session, which could change the dynamics of the race.

All eyes will be on Verstappen to see if he can make it three from three, but Aston Martin and Mercedes are not to be underestimated. Ferrari may have some tricks up their sleeve, but they will be relying on Carlos Sainz given Leclerc’s grid penalty.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix promises to be an exciting race, with a lot of uncertainty and surprises in store. Fans are eagerly anticipating the qualifying session to see who will claim pole position and set themselves up for a strong race.


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