Russell fastest in wet conditions

George Russell topped the timesheets in the third practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, setting a fastest lap of 1’37.529 in wet conditions. His Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton, was close behind, just 0.035 seconds adrift with a time of 1’37.564 over 28 laps. 

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Lando Norris continued his strong performance from previous sessions, securing third place with a lap of 1’37.714, 0.185 seconds behind Russell. Carlos Sainz of Ferrari placed fourth, managing a time of 1’38.139, while championship leader Max Verstappen clocked in at 1’38.393 for fifth position.

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Full Third Practice Results:

Cla Driver Car/Engine Laps Time Delay

1 George Russell Mercedes 23 1’37.529   

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 28 1’37.564 +0.035

3 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 20 1’37.714 +0.185

4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 23 1’38.139 +0.610

5 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing/Honda 20 1’38.393 +0.864

6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 26 1’38.454 +0.925

7 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 27 1’38.654 +1.125

8 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Racing 21 1’38.940 +1.411

9 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing/Honda 18 1’39.284 +1.755

10 Nico Hulkenberg Haas/Ferrari 16 1’39.340 +1.811

11 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 24 1’39.603 +2.074

12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Racing 23 1’39.700 +2.171

13 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 22 1’39.702 +2.173

14 Yuki Tsunoda Red Bull Racing/Honda 26 1’39.820 +2.291

15 Valtteri Bottas Sauber/Ferrari 22 1’40.242 +2.713

16 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 25 1’40.430 +2.901

17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 21 1’40.539 +3.010

18 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing/Honda 28 1’40.823 +3.294

19 Zhou Guanyu Sauber/Ferrari 23 1’41.785 +4.256

20 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 2 –         

The wet conditions provided a challenging environment for all drivers, testing their skills and car setups for variable weather. Russell’s performance indicates Mercedes’ strong pace in wet conditions, a positive sign for the team heading into qualifying and the race. Hamilton’s close second-place finish further solidifies Mercedes’ competitive edge.

McLaren’s Lando Norris remained consistent, securing a top-three finish, while his teammate Oscar Piastri also performed well, finishing seventh. This consistency showcases McLaren’s progress and potential for a strong showing in the race.

Verstappen, despite being fifth, remains a significant threat, known for his ability to extract performance in various conditions. Ferrari’s drivers, Sainz and Leclerc, showed competitive times, but they will need to improve to challenge the front-runners.

As the teams head into qualifying, the unpredictable British weather continues to play a crucial role. Mercedes has shown strong form in the wet, while McLaren and Red Bull are also competitive. The stage is set for an exciting qualifying session, where strategy and skill will be key in securing the best starting positions for the race.

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