2024 British GP FP3: Mercedes one-two in wet session

George Russell tops a final wet Silverstone practice ahead of qualifying, followed by Lewis Hamilton (P2) and Lando Norris (P3).


By Ben Bush
Published on July 6, 2024

George Russell 63 Mercedes 2024 British Grand Prix FP3
George Russell (car no. 63) takes P1 in FP3 for Mercedes at the 2024 British Grand Prix // Image: Mercedes

During the wet third and final practice session at the British Grand Prix, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton secured a Mercedes one-two, leading the pack ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris, who had been the fastest on Friday.

The session began with heavy rainfall, leaving the track soaked and necessitating the use of Pirelli’s green-marked intermediate tyres. This contrasted sharply with the previous day’s overcast but dry conditions. Haas driver Kevin Magnussen’s initial lap time of 1m 54.798s was nearly half a minute slower than Norris’s Friday benchmark, highlighting the challenging conditions.

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Max Verstappen had a dramatic spin at the exit of Brooklands, eliciting gasps from the spectators, while Pierre Gasly lost control under braking for Club, beached his car in the gravel, and triggered a red flag.

During the pause, Daniel Ricciardo was seen unusually weaving down the fast lane, an incident noted and set for investigation by the stewards after the session.

Once the session resumed, Russell noted improving track conditions despite light rain, though Valtteri Bottas reported having “no grip at all” after a low-speed spin. Hamilton clocked a 1m 38.065s at the halfway mark, leading Charles Leclerc, Norris, and Verstappen as a drier line began to form on the track.

In the latter half, lap times continued to improve, with Russell setting a 1m 37.529s before another shower replenished the track’s puddles. Hamilton finished just a few hundredths behind Russell, with Norris completing the top three, followed by Carlos Sainz, Verstappen, Leclerc, and Oscar Piastri.

Fernando Alonso managed to climb to eighth place in the closing stages, ahead of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, who kept his upgraded Haas in the top ten. The Williams duo of Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant positioned themselves around Lance Stroll in P11 to P13, with Yuki Tsunoda, Bottas, and Esteban Ocon following.

Magnussen ended up in 17th, ahead of Ricciardo, who faces a post-session visit to the stewards. Zhou Guanyu and the sidelined Gasly, who will incur an engine penalty this weekend, rounded out the timesheets.

British GP FP3 Results

2024 British Grand Prix FP3, 6 July 2024

163George RussellMercedes1:37.52923
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:37.564+0.035s28
34Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes1:37.714+0.185s20
455Carlos SainzFerrari1:38.139+0.610s23
51Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:38.393+0.864s20
616Charles LeclercFerrari1:38.454+0.925s26
781Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes1:38.654+1.125s27
814Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:38.940+1.411s21
911Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:39.284+1.755s18
1027Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:39.340+1.811s16
1123Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:39.603+2.074s24
1218Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:39.700+2.171s23
132Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:39.702+2.173s22
1422Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT1:39.820+2.291s26
1577Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:40.242+2.713s22
1631Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:40.430+2.901s25
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:40.539+3.010s21
183Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT1:40.823+3.294s28
1924Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:41.785+4.256s23
2010Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault2

Source: Formula 1

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