Pierre Gasly had the fastest time in the rainy third free practice for the Turkish Grand Prix, followed by Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. The third free practice for the Turkish GP started with a ‘soaked’ track, and a lot of drivers were not even in their cars at the beginning of the training.
The rain was falling with great intensity on the eve of the last free practice, and after the safety car had assessed the conditions on the track, the race management decided that the training would take place as planned.
Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda were the first to hit the track on heavy rain tires (blue mark) and were soon joined by drivers from Haas, McLaren, and Ferrari. Carlos Sainz took the lead with a time of 1: 37.608. Lando Norris was the first to dare to get on the track on intermediate tires, and although he had the fastest rear sector, he failed to ‘take down’ Sainz from the leading position.
Gasly was the first to lose control of the car and twisted in corner 11. Moments later, George Russell caused the red flag as he got stuck in gravel in corner 2. His Williams was quickly executed, and training resumed with 33 minutes on the clock.
Mercedes hurried to the track and took the leading positions, and the conditions on the track were constantly improving. A few moments later, Verstappen recorded the fastest time — 1: 32.464, which was 1,172 seconds faster than Hamilton.
In the last few hours, a lot of drivers were ‘spinning’ in corner 9, which is located at the bottom of the slope, so all the water was collecting there, which created problems for drivers. Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda were the first to hit the track on heavy rain tires (blue mark) and were soon joined by drivers from Haas, McLaren, and Ferrari.
But conditions were improving from lap to lap, and drivers were constantly improving their times. In the end, only Ferraris circled the track just before the end of the training, and a lot of teams decided to finish their programs earlier.
No one wanted to take a risk with another fast lap as a lot of drivers were ‘spinning’ in corners 9 and 11 where there was a lot of standing water while the rest of the track was relatively dry. It is obvious that Verstappen looks much better than yesterday, and that he could be a dangerous threat to Hamilton in the race.
Gasly once again showed that he is especially important for his team and that he really has the skills and knowledge for the best results.