The British shine in the rain

The British shine in the rain

On the wet Silverstone track, and sometimes in the rain, George Russell set the fastest time in the third free practice session of the British Grand Prix in his Mercedes, ahead of his compatriots Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris.

Rain made an appearance at Silverstone on Saturday, forcing the postponement of the Formula 3 sprint race, but the third free practice session for the Formula 1 Grand Prix was able to take place on time, on a wet track, and sometimes with a few drops of rain. And in these difficult conditions, it was George Russell who came out on top.

Under the watchful eye of Brad Pitt, the Mercedes driver completed one of his 23 laps in 1’37″529, ahead of his compatriots Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris by 35 and 185 thousandths. What to dream of a British hat-trick on Sunday? If it rains, anything is possible! World champion Max Verstappen was in any case unable to compete, finishing fifth at 864 thousandths, just ahead of Charles Leclerc.

Gasly in the gravel

On this wet track and in a cool temperature, the tires were put to the test and the drivers sometimes made mistakes (including the best, like Verstappen, Norris or Leclerc), but it was Pierre Gasly who had the most difficult session, since after eight minutes, he crashed his Alpine into the gravel, like his former teammate Yuki Tsunoda the day before. The red flag was displayed for eight minutes, the time it took to evacuate his single-seater, and the Norman was unable to resume the session.

After this short interruption, Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton successively took the lead of the standings, before George Russell came to hoist his McLaren to first place in the 33rd minute of the session. No driver managed to do better after that. On the French side, Esteban Ocon finished in 16th place, almost three seconds behind Russell. However, it is difficult to draw lessons from this wet session, before the qualifying session, which will start at 4:00 p.m. (Paris time). Possibly in the rain.

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