Max Verstappen tops final practice as Mercedes emerge as nearest rivals

April 6, 2024

Ruling F1 best on the planet Max Verstappen proceeded with serious areas of strength for him to the Japanese Great Prix weekend as he set the rhythm in conclusive practice.

Verstappen was likewise quickest in the main other delegate meeting up until this point this end of the week – FP1 – as he hopes to return from a frustrating excursion in Australia where he experienced his first DNF in quite a while.

Verstappen’s 1m29.563s puts him just shy of three-tenths clear of Red Bull colleague Sergio Perez. It’s not been totally plain-cruising for Red Bull however at Suzuka with the two drivers grumbling of “unfortunate driveability” in FP3.

Despite the fact that Verstappen headed the timesheets, he wasn’t speediest in any of the three areas. McLaren’s fast ability was in plain view as Lando Norris set the best first area, while George Russell was speediest in the center piece of the lap.

Alex Albon took the distinctions for the last area which successfully comprises of one chicane. Concerning Red Bull’s nearest challenger, such a long ways at any rate, it has all the earmarks of being Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton drove the way for a large part of the hour long meeting prior to battling to find huge increases on his second delicate tire lap. The seven-time title holder wound up fourth-quickest in the Mercedes, simply behind Russell.

Fernando Alonso was fifth in the number one spot Aston Martin, running their new redesign bundle interestingly. Ferrari got through a mysterious FP3 with Carlos Sainz just seventh-quickest, while Charles Leclerc barely made it into the main 10.

Yuki Tsunoda keeps on driving the midfield fight for RB, setting the 10th quickest time.