Verstappen and Pérez make it 1-3 for Red Bull in FP3 in Arabia

The third and final training session in Jeddah started with little activity on the track, with Mick Schumacher’s and Nikita Mazepin’s Haas and Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo being the only ones to leave their garages as soon as the light turned green.

After the first ten minutes of the hour-long session, the Mercedes hit the track on hard tires, with Bottas turning at 1m30s394, a mark that Raikkonen would like to improve to 1m30s189 to take first place on soft tires.

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However, logically the record of the 2007 world champion was short-lived as the best as Hamilton surpassed him with 1m29s605, while “Checo” Pérez turned a second slower than the Mercedes driver on his first fastest lap, achieved on soft tires. on your RB16B.

Moments later Hamilton blocked his left front tire under braking for the first corner and had to drive past the loophole before resuming gear, causing a brief yellow flag period in that sector.

Pérez reached a lap of 1m29s511 that put him first… just for a few seconds, as Hamilton quickly relegated him with a time of 1m29s197, followed also by Bottas with 1m29s431.

Verstappen, for his part, was spinning in 1m28s863 on his first fastest lap, working with soft tires on his Red Bull, just like Perez did, differentiating himself from the hard-hitting Mercedes pick.

Hamilton would then set the best lap of the weekend so far reaching 25 minutes into the session with a time of 1m28s314, with Pierre Gasly following behind four tenths on medium tires on his AlphaTauri.

Red Bull would respond with Verstappen taking second place with 1m28s649, still with the soft ones, while Pérez advanced to fourth place with a lap of 1m28s892, showing the Mexican more in rhythm than on Friday.

Going into the second half hour of the session, Verstappen took first place with a time of 1m28s212 achieved on nine-lap used softs and when Hamilton placed new softs, surprisingly, the seven-time champion failed to improve his mark and decided to abort his fast lap.

Hamilton would then make another try with new softs, again unable to improve his time and then almost caused a couple of accidents as he drove slowly down the race line at the first turn, complicating Gasly, and later was almost hit by Mazepin, who he was on a fast lap.

Verstappen, for his part, could improve by placing new softs again, achieving a time of 1m28s105, although in any case the advance was not significant compared to the time obtained with the used rubber.

Pérez, when coming out with new softs, improved by just 50 thousandths his best time to place himself within seven tenths of Verstappen, but shortly after he reached a lap of 1m28s629 to advance to third place, half a second behind his garage companion, who for his part he had improved his time by five thousandths to mark 1m28s100, the best final time of FP3.

Behind the top three, AlphaTauri confirmed its good performance shown on Friday by placing Yuki Tsunoda and Gasly in fourth and fifth position in this third practice, followed by Bottas, who was far from the lead pace this time with a better personal time that put him nine tenths behind Verstappen.

The Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz occupied the seventh and eighth positions, ahead of Esteban Ocon and Lando Norris, who completed the top ten places.

Session results:

Gallery: Friday’s best photos of F1 in Saudi Arabia

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Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

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Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

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Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Leclerc’s damaged car, Ferrari SF21, after an accident in FP2

Charles Leclerc's damaged car, Ferrari SF21, after an accident in FP2

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Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Track officials remove Charles Leclerc’s car, Ferrari SF21, from the circuit

Track officials remove Charles Leclerc's car, Ferrari SF21, from the circuit

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Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Ferrari mechanics with Charles Leclerc’s damaged car, Ferrari SF21, in the pit lane

Ferrari mechanics with Charles Leclerc's damaged car, Ferrari SF21, in the pit lane

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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Track officials remove Charles Leclerc’s car, Ferrari SF21, from the circuit

Track officials remove Charles Leclerc's car, Ferrari SF21, from the circuit

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Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Sparks come out of Fernando Alonso’s car, Alpine A521

Sparks come out of Fernando Alonso's car, Alpine A521

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Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

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Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

A boat on the shore at sunset

A boat on the shore at sunset

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Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

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Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, in the pits

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, in the pits

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521

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Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, passes the Medical Car in the pit lane

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, passes the Medical Car in the pit lane

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21, in the pits

Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21, in the pits

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Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

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Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Aerial view of Jeddah Circuit

Aerial view of Jeddah Circuit

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Aerial view of Jeddah Circuit

Aerial view of Jeddah Circuit

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

George Russell, Williams FW43B

George Russell, Williams FW43B

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, fires sparks

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, fires sparks

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

George Russell, Williams FW43B

George Russell, Williams FW43B

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Photo by: Erik Junius

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

George Russell helmet, Williams with tribute to Frank Williams

George Russell helmet, Williams with tribute to Frank Williams

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Photo by: George Russell

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Aerial view of Jeddah Circuit

Aerial view of Jeddah Circuit

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Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Williams FW43B with tribute to Frank Williams

Williams FW43B with tribute to Frank Williams

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Photo by: Williams

Sebastian Vettel special helmet, Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel special helmet, Aston Martin

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Photo by: Aston Martin Racing

Sunset in Jeddah

Sunset in Jeddah

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Photo by: Erik Junius

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