FP3: Alonso beats Gasly by 0.053s in wet final practice session in Montreal

Fernando Alonso mastered soaking wet conditions at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to set the pace in final practice before the Canadian Grand Prix, where Spaniard defeated Pierre Gasly.

Alpine’s Alonso set a speed of 1m 33.836s on the intermediate tyres, 0.053s ahead of Gasly in the AlphaTauri with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel just 0.002s further back in third.

Full wet tires were required in the early stages of the hour-long session, thanks to the continued light rain that had hung around Montreal all morning.

AS IT HAPPENED: All the action from final practice before the Canadian Grand Prix

When the drivers took off, conditions looked tricky and they struggled to maintain control of the lanky rear end while looking for grip.

But they had to continue running as qualifying later on Saturday is expected to be wet and any data collected would be helpful. The rain persisted during the final practice and led to a mixed order.

1


Fernando
Alonso
ALOE
alpine

1:33.836

2


Pierre
gasly
GAS
AlphaTauri

+0.053s

3


Sebastian
Vettel
VETERINARIAN
Aston Martin

+0.055s

4


Esteban
Ocon
OCO
alpine

+0.167s

5


Daniel
Ricciardo
RIC
McLaren

+0.274s

Esteban Ocon made it two Alpines into the top four with fourth, ahead of McLaren duo Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

George Russell was the best-placed Mercedes in seventh, ahead of the two Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, who left it until the last 20 minutes to get on track.

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Championship leader Verstappen made a spin at Turn 2 but kept the car out of the barriers as it slid across the grass before coming to a comeback.

Carlos Sainz completed the top 10, while his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc was the only driver not to set a lap time, with his car jacked up for most of the session.


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A late lap from Gasly brought him P2

The Monegask brought in more fresh engine components on Saturday, meaning more penalties and a back-of-the-grid start with Yuki Tsunoda.

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The Alfa Romeos of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu finished 11th and 12th respectively, with Lance Stroll 13th on home soil and Kevin Magnussen running straight into Turn 1 but avoiding contact with the guardrail in P14.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton finished 15th, ahead of Williams’ Alex Albon and Tsunoda, while Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi – the latter taking part in his first F1 home race – rounded out the driver list to set a lap time.

Qualifying for the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix starts at 1600 local time.

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