F1 2022 results: French GP – Third Practice session

Michelle Foster
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen up close out on track. Austria July 2022

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen up close out on track. Austria July 2022

Max Verstappen topped the timesheet in the third and final practice session for the French Grand Prix, 0.354 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz.

On another hot day in France, Verstappen pulled one back against Ferrari after Charles Leclerc and then Carlos Sainz clinched the double for the Scuderia on Friday.

The Red Bull driver made a late swap to the soft Pirellis, purple in the first two sectors on his way to a 1:32.272.

Sainz, set for a back-of-the-grid start due to engine penalties, was second with Leclerc third. The latter was over six-tenths down on Verstappen’s best.

Lewis Hamilton was next in line, half a tenth up on Sergio Perez who in turn was just over half a tenth faster than George Russell.

Fernando Alonso, Alex Albon, Lando Norris and Yuki Tsunoda made up the top ten, the latter 1.479s off the P1 time.

Sebastian Vettel, unable to do a soft tyre run due to floor damage, was slowest of all.

The full results from FP2 at Paul Ricard ahead of the 2022 French Grand Prix are as follows…

Click here for the full FP3 report.

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:32.272
2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 0.354s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.637s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.983s
5 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1.021s
6 George Russell Mercedes 1.104s
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1.233s
8 Alex Albon Williams 1.286s
9 Lando Norris McLaren 1.397s
10 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1.479s
11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1.516s
12 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1.569s
13 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1.597s
14 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Racing 1.600s
15 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Racing 1.639s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.759s
17 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1.850s
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1.950s
19 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1.963s
20 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 2.264s