Yesterday it was not clear in the 2nd practice who has the fastest car in Qatar. Bottas was fastest, but Verstappen and Hamilton were so far behind that the times did not seem very representative.
This 3rd free practice session of the Qatar GP 2021 starts quietly. Only after half an hour do the drivers enter the track for the first real qualifying simulations. Verstappen then sets the fastest time, but he cannot hold it for long. Due to a problem where his DRS is not properly secured, he is in the pit box for a long time. The Mercedes will then continue to drive on the circuit and can then go faster and faster.
At the end of the training, Max can still go outside for one quick lap, but he remains behind by more than three tenths. Verstappen will therefore have to get more than the maximum out of the car in qualifying later today if he wants to be on the front row of the grid. For the time being, the battle for pole position seems to be going on between Hamilton and Bottas.
3rd free practice of the Qatar GP 2021
01. Valtteri Bottas
02. Lewis Hamilton
03. Max Verstappen
04. Pierre Gasly
05. Sergio Pérez
Dates and times of the 2021 Qatar GP
Saturday 20 November 2021
Qualification: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Race: 3:00 PM