Max Verstappen tops FP3 at his home Grand Prix

As the final practice session of the Dutch Grand Prix drew to an end, the dutchman, Max Verstappen, Topped the grid with a fastest lap of 1m 09.623s.

Second to cross the line was the Mercedes of Valterri Bottas with a time of 1m 10.179s closely followed by his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, in third.

However, free practice 3 was not plain sailing for all of the drivers.

After a fantastic FP2 yesterday, Carlos Sainz lost control of his car whilst transitioning between the camber of turn two and turn three, causing the deployment of a red flag. Sainz’s time placed him 16th fastest overall.

Damage to both the front and rear of the car leaves the Ferrari engineers with a substantial amount of work to do to get Sainz’s car ready for qualifying this afternoon.

Following the session restart,  Sergio Perez managed to put his Red Bull in fourth, ahead of the Alpine of Fernando Alonso who settled in fifth.

Lando Norris had a bumpy ride as he ran off at turn nine but managed to get his car back on track and place himself in sixth.

Behind Norris were the two Aston martins of Lance Stroll in seventh and Sebastian Vettel in eighth. Vettel had a similar encounter to Norris as he ran wide at turn ten but managed to save his car, securing a spot in qualifying.

To conclude the top ten was yesterday’s fastest finisher, Charles Leclerc, in nineth followed by the Alpha Tauri of Pierre Gasly.

Making an improvement on his FP2 performance was Daniel Ricciardo in 11th, followed by the Williams of Nicholas Latifi in 12th.

In 13th was Esteban Ocon, closely followed by George Russell in 14th and Antonio Giovinazzi in 15th.

Yuki Tsunoda secured 17th place whilst Nikita Mazepin finished in 18th.

Unfortunately, after a positive coronavirus test, Kimi Raikkonen had to sit this one out. Instead, Robert Kubica filled Raikkonen’s place, finishing FP3 in 19th.

To conclude the standings was Mick Schumacher in 20th.