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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022 FP3 Report & Highlights: Perez leads Red Bull 1-2 in final practice session of the season at Yas Marina

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Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez led teammate Max Verstappen into the ultimate follow session of 2022, the place the drivers encountered plenty of points within the Abu Dhabi warmth.

Perez led for half-hour of the session on the medium compounds as Mercedes traded the lead with him, however the Mexican driver emerged on delicate tires for his qualifying simulation with quarter-hour to go and consolidated his place with a time of 1m 24.982s. Verstappen completed 0.152s off the tempo after beginning at turns 5 and 16.

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Halfway by the session, a purple flag was raised to retrieve a bit of particles that had flown off the suitable entrance wheel of Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri and landed on the exit of flip 9.

Lewis Hamilton was cleared after being investigated for overtaking Kevin Magnussen when the purple flag was triggered. The seven-time champion completed third and simply over two-tenths off the tempo, with Mercedes team-mate George Russell one other two-tenths off in fourth place.

Previous to that purple flag, Lando Norris’ McLaren shot the suitable entrance brake and Sebastian Vettel reported the same subject a couple of minutes later. Norris went on to complete fifth, his teammate Daniel Ricciardo eighth, whereas Vettel completed ninth.

Among the many McLarens had been the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz in P7 and an audibly sad Charles Leclerc in P6 – that pair divided by three hundredths of a second.

Alex Albon nearly missed Norris at flip 8 with 20 minutes to go, however the Williams driver rounded out the highest 10 forward of Alpine duo Esteban Ocon (P11) and Fernando Alonso (P12), who had been cut up by 0.003s.

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Yuki Tsunoda took thirteenth for AlphaTauri along with his teammate Gasly in fifteenth after the wheel drawback, with Valtteri Bottas splitting the duo for Alfa Romeo.

Haas was subsequent within the order, with Kevin Magnussen seventeenth and Mick Schumacher 18th, leaving Zhou Guanyu and Nicholas Latifi finishing the order.

FP3 Highlights: 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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