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F1 British GP FP3: Leclerc fastest, with Albon and Alonso in top three

Charles Leclerc has stopped the Max Verstappen leading streak as he went to the top of the timesheets in the final practice session of the weekend.

Alex Albon continued to impress this weekend with a second-place finish, with Fernando Alonso taking the third spot on the leaderboard.


Following heavy rain this morning, with the risk of rain going into the session as high as 90%.


Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) and Lando Norris (McLaren) were first the leave their garages, with the later being told to stop at the pit exit before being given the all-clear to head out onto the track. He would be later put under investigation as a mechanic touched the car despite Norris being over the pit exit line.


Track conditions just about allowed the use of soft tyres, with Ferrari opting to run these on both the cars of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Max Verstappen made the most of the track when slicks could be used, going fastest with a 1:28.836. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton went second with his first soft run, while his team-mate George Russell went fourth on the leaderboard.

Sainz was the next driver to go to the top of the timesheets, with a 1:27.964, with Leclerc going 0.104s slower to give Ferrari a 1-2.

As Hamilton moved into second, Oscar Piastri (McLaren) was reporting lighting over at Stowe. Pierre Gasly (Alpine) moved to second place shortly afterwards.


With the track declared wet, the driver scrambled around the track to complete their soft runs before having to make the switch to intermediate tyres.


Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) was forced to retire from the session with an MGU-H issue, not what the team needed ahead of qualifying.


After a brief period of no running on the track, the final ten minutes allowed the drivers an opportunity to explore the Silverstone Circuit for the final time ahead of qualifying.

Gasly was fourth, ahead of Hamilton, Sainz, Logan Sargeant (Williams). Verstappen, Russell and Yuki Tsuonda (Alpha Tauri).

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