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Australian GP: Norris tops FP3 for McLaren, disaster for Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel experienced a rapid accident leaving Turn 10 preceding colleague Lance Stroll crashed at Turn 11 in the end organizes, finishing the meeting.

Subsequent to missing the initial two races of the time because of COVID-19, Vettel’s troublesome re-visitation of activity in Australia went on as he crashed out 20 minutes into the meeting. Vettel lost the back of his Aston Martin AMR22 vehicle leaving the quick left-right grouping, making him go through the rock and into the divider.

Vettel immediately apologized to the group over the radio prior to escaping the vehicle safe and afterward getting back to the enclosure on the rear of a bike being riden by a marshal.

The accident came after Vettel lost pursuing on Friday a motor issue sidelined him in FP1 and kept him from taking any part in FP2. He likewise got a €5,000 fine for driving a bike unapproved on target toward the finish of FP1 to return to the enclosure.

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Things went from bad to worse for Aston Martin when Stroll lost control of his car at Turn 11, causing him to run through the gravel and into the wall with five minutes remaining.

Stroll was unharmed, but the front-left corner of his car was damaged in the impact, leaving Aston Martin with a significant amount of work to complete ahead of qualifying.

The red flag meant that Norris took top spot for McLaren in FP3 after most of the front-running drivers failed to get in a low-fuel run at the very end of the session.

Norris posted a best lap season of 1m19.117s on the delicate compound tire to complete one 10th of a second clear of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The British driver was told to dial down under the late warning because of an advance notice showing up on his dashboard.

Leclerc spent a large part of the meeting vieing for best position alongside Ferrari colleague Carlos Sainz, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, who partook in a shockingly aggressive meeting.

Leclerc, Perez and Alonso were covered by 0.026 seconds in second to fourth, while Sainz sat two or three tenths behind in fifth spot.

Daniel Ricciardo finished a good meeting for McLaren as his completed 6th, a large portion of a second off his colleague’s time, while Max Verstappen was seventh for Red Bull.

Verstappen set his best time on the medium compound tire however had an interesting meeting that saw him turn right on time at Turn 13 preceding nearly losing the back of his vehicle going through Turn 1 while on a late push lap. “I don’t get why I’m turning,” Verstappen said over the radio. “Feeling the equilibrium at the moment’s truly hard.”

Lewis Hamilton likewise battled for Mercedes, completing eighth after barely keeping away from the divider while running wide at Turn 11 right off the bat in the meeting. Previous partner Valtteri Bottas took more time for Alfa Romeo in front of Yuki Tsunoda, who finished the best 10 for AlphaTauri.

George Russell and Pierre Gasly took eleventh and twelfth separately in front of Esteban Ocon, who was north of eight tenths of a second off Alonso’s time in the sister Alpine. Mick Schumacher completed fourteenth for Haas in front of tenderfoot Guanyu Zhou and Williams’ Alex Albon.

Kevin Magnussen finished FP3 in seventeenth spot subsequent to battling through Friday following some for the time being queasiness, while Nicholas Latifi sat eighteenth in front of the two Aston Martins.

Australian Grand Prix FP3 times:
Cla # Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 4  Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 12 1’19.117 241.298
2 16  Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 15 1’19.249 0.132 0.132 240.896
3 11  Sergio Perez Red Bull Red Bull 17 1’19.265 0.148 0.016 240.847
4 14  Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 15 1’19.275 0.158 0.010 240.817
5 55  Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari Ferrari 17 1’19.419 0.302 0.144 240.380
6 3  Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 14 1’19.693 0.576 0.274 239.554
7 1  Max Verstappen Red Bull Red Bull 16 1’19.809 0.692 0.116 239.206
8 44  Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 13 1’19.896 0.779 0.087 238.945
9 77  Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari 17 1’20.008 0.891 0.112 238.611
10 22  Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Red Bull 12 1’20.071 0.954 0.063 238.423
11 63  George Russell Mercedes Mercedes 16 1’20.096 0.979 0.025 238.348
12 10  Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Red Bull 14 1’20.133 1.016 0.037 238.238
13 31  Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 14 1’20.205 1.088 0.072 238.025
14 47  Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 17 1’20.692 1.575 0.487 236.588
15 24  Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari 16 1’20.836 1.719 0.144 236.167
16 23  Alex Albon Williams Mercedes 16 1’20.958 1.841 0.122 235.811
17 20  Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 14 1’21.025 1.908 0.067 235.616
18 6  Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 14 1’21.050 1.933 0.025 235.543
19 18  Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 11 1’21.636 2.519 0.586 233.852
20 5  Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 5
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