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Perez quickest in Azerbaijan GP FP3

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 11: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 11, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Sergio Perez has set the fastest lap time of the final practice session of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Teams and drivers had their final opportunity to prepare for qualifying later in the day. The session was delayed as the turn 1 barrier had to be repaired following an accident in Formula 2 Sprint Race.

FP3 started 15 minutes later than scheduled. Some drivers left their garages to have installation laps.

George Russell was the first driver to set a lap time. Shortly after, Charles Leclerc took over the lead in the session.

Mercedes’ struggles continued on Saturday afternoon as both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell had to deal with lack of rear grip.

Several drivers went wide off the track, but there were not any big incidents throughout the practice.

Ferrari and Red Bull drivers were exchanging fastest laps, and it was Sergio Perez who was on top of the standings. Leclerc was second, only seven-hundredths away from the Mexican. Max Verstappen had a chance to set the quickest lap, but was impeded during his attempt and finished the session third.

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