Turkish Grand Prix: Pierre Gasly leads Max Verstappen in third practice on wet, George Russell spins

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Last update: 10/09/21 11:26 AM

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George Russell causes a red flag after splashing his Williams during a wet P3 race at the Turkish Grand Prix

George Russell causes a red flag after splashing his Williams during a wet P3 race at the Turkish Grand Prix

Pierre Gasly finished ahead of Red Bulls in a wet final practice for the Turkish Grand Prix, which hinted at a tough and exciting qualification as many drivers lost control of their cars.

A downpour in the morning at Istanbul Park sparked events on Saturday that already seemed unexpected, with Lewis Hamilton the man at his level on Friday but facing a 10-place penalty and championship rival Max Verstappen struggling for speed.

In the third and final practice, Gasly was the first driver to challenge the circuit on wet tires and finished as the fastest man on the track on an intermediate with 1:30.447 in the AlphaTauri.

Verstappen showed more form in the wet than before in the dry, as he finished 10th session of Gasly, followed in third by Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.

Max Verstappen has a 360-degree spin on Red Bull during a water practice session at the Turkish Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen has a 360-degree spin on Red Bull during a water practice session at the Turkish Grand Prix

Max Verstappen has a 360-degree spin on Red Bull during a water practice session at the Turkish Grand Prix

But the Dutchman was also one of many drivers circling the wet Istanbul Park circuit, while George Russell brought the red flag with a big moment.

Russell got an overkill shot in his Williams into turn two and went spinning, riding his car into the gravel.

Track conditions improved through P3 – so much so that drivers were thinking slick tires at the end – and no more rain is expected from before. Qualifiers begin at 1pm, live on Sky Sports F1.

“You can start with intermediate tires and then dry out,” said Karon Chandhok of Sky Formula 1: “As in Sochi, it will be very exciting in the end.”

Sebastian Vettel goes off track in his Aston Martin during third practice at the Turkish Grand Prix.

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Sebastian Vettel goes off track in his Aston Martin during third practice at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel goes off track in his Aston Martin during third practice at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who will start Sunday’s race 10 places below his qualifying position as a result of the new Mercedes engine, finished 18th, completing just one lap on intermediate tires before returning to dig.

However, Ferrari were once again rivals such as Carlos Sainz, who also took a penalty, and Charles Leclerc finished fifth and sixth, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

Valtteri Bottas was Mercedes’ flagship in ninth place.

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