Perez beats Leclerc by just 0.07 seconds in Baku final training | Formula 1®

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez beat Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen with the fastest time in the third and final practice of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Mexican, who won the last time in Monaco, clocked 1 minute 43.170 seconds on the soft tyres to finish the session 0.070 seconds clear of Leclerc while Verstappen moved back to second by twenty.

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The start of the session was delayed by 15 minutes to allow time to fix the hurdles after accidents in the F2 race.

Red Bull and Ferrari swapped positions at the top of the schedule throughout, Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were in an early position before the track consolidated and the qualifying rounds saw Perez set the standard. Verstappen missed an opportunity to improve after facing the Alpine team led by Fernando Alonso, but Perez suffered the same fate when he faced Alex Albon in his last pilot.


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Sainz finished fourth, 0.4 seconds off the lead, as the ex-McLaren team showed an impressive shift in pace with Lando Norris fifth and Daniel Ricciardo 10th with his teammate.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly finished seventh, ahead of the lead Mercedes of George Russell, and the Briton by 1.4 seconds as the silver cars seemed to struggle with the big porpoises once again.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel completed the top ten, ahead of Alonso, 11, and Lewis Hamilton in P12.

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Norris and Ricciardo lead the McLaren midfield in FP3

Lance Stroll was 13th, narrowly short of Alfa Romeo’s rookie Zhou Guanyu, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda – P10 to P16 separated by just a tenth of a second.

Albon finished 17th, six-tenths behind teammate Nicholas Latifi, while cornering Williams duo Mick Schumacher and Bottas.

Qualification for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix begins at 1815 local time. Go to Racing Center To see how you can watch all the action.

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