It’s Saturday and that means that we are off for the second on-track action day of the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix. Today is taking place the third and final practice session ahead of the qualifying session later today. Since the beginning of the day, weather has not been the nicest nor the perfecto one. The weather radar suggests that we will be hitting a maximum temperature of 16°C and a minimum of 10°C. Right now, the air temperature is 11.3°C while the track temperature is 16.3°C. Humidity will be another important factor as we are hitting around 82% of this aspect.
Green flag is out and we are good to go as the clock starts ticking down for the third and final free practice sessions. The first lap times are set by both Haas as the track is completely wet. Kevin Magnussen sets the best lap time of 1:39.148 with Sebastian Vettel in P2. As of now, Yuki Tsunoda, Sainz, Scuhmacher and Vettel have had incidents and have gone off the track. With 48 minutes remaining, there are only 5 drivers on the track and there are 5 lap times. Magnussen stands in P1, ahead of Tsunoda, Stroll, Vettel and Schumacher. All drivers that have left the pit lane have been in full wet tyres.
It has also been announced that the Monegasque driver, Charles Leclerc, will be starting the Canadian Grand Prix at the back of the grid, as Ferrari has opted to wear a full new engine in his Ferrari. With 33 minutes left on the session, Sainz sets the fastest time of the day, as it is a 1:35.858, with Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo in P2, ahead of Stroll, Tsunoda, Vettel, Zhou, Magnussen, Ricciardo, Norris and Schumacher. This is the top 10 and are the only drivers that have set a lap time. Alonso has just completed his first lap of the session and puts himself up into P6 as Max Verstappen prepares to go to the track. Albon and Ocon needed to go off track and aborted their respective lap times, both in Turn 1.
With 28 minutes to go, now 15 drivers have completed at least one timed lap at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit during FP3. The only drivers who haven’t are both Mercedes, both Red Bull and Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari. Big lock up for Pierre Gasly as he goes wide into turn 3. Russell completes his first lap time and moves himself up into P12 with a 1:39.796 and a 3.938-second gap between himself and the leader of the session, who continues to be Carlos Sainz. With 23 minutes left on the session, reigning champion, Max Verstappen, started his flying lap but aborted it as he almost spins in turn 2. Russell improves his position as he gets into P4, while Sebastian Vettel moves up into P1 with a 1:33.891. As we’ve told you, Aston Martin and Alpine suits well in this track and in wet conditions, as now Alonso gets the fastest lap time with a 1:33.836 and a 0.055 gap between himself and Vettel.
Conditions start getting worse as Kevin Magnussen almost finds himself into the wall as he could not manage to stop his Haas at the entry of turn 1, Max Verstappen spins also in turn 1 but manages to keep it on the track and with no damage. Tsunoda has also gone off the track in Turn 9.
Chequered flag is out and Fernando Alonso manages to keep P1 with a fastest lap time of 1:33.836, Pierre Gasly stays in P2 (+0.053) and Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin keeps P3 (+0.055). In P4 is the other Alpine of Esteban Ocon, with both McLaren behind him. Russell in P7 with Perez and Verstappen right behind him. Sainz closes the top 10. In P11 is Bottas, ahead of Zhou, Stroll, Magnussen, Hamilton, Albon, Tsunoda, Schumacher and Latifi. Charles Leclerc finished P20 as he did not set any timed lap.