Spaniard Fernando Alonso, driver of the Aston Martin team, recorded the best time, Saturday, in the third and last free practice for the Bahraini Grand Prix, which is scheduled for Sunday, in the opening of the Formula 1 World Championship.
Alonso, who won the world championship twice, achieved the best lap time on the Bahrain International Track in Sakhir, which is 5412 meters long, recording one minute, 32.340.
Alonso narrowly beat reigning Dutch world champion Max Verstappen, Red Bull’s driver, who finished second by just 0.005 seconds.
Alonso had achieved the best time also in the second free practice that took place on Friday.
Mexican Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate, set the third best time in the third practice.
The Mercedes team achieved an improvement compared to its performance in the first and second free trials, as its drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell occupied the fourth and sixth positions, respectively, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ranked fifth.
And there is Lance Stroll, Aston Martin driver, in seventh place, after his return from the injury that kept him away from pre-season testing, which took place in Bahrain last February.
And came in the eighth to tenth positions, Carlos Sainz Ferrari driver, Oscar Piastri McLaren driver and Pierre Gasly driver Alpine.
Official qualifying sessions will take place later on Saturday to determine the drivers’ starting positions for Sunday’s race.
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