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FP3 Report: Leclerc on top in wet session, ahead of Verstappen and Sainz

FP3 Report: Leclerc on top in wet session, ahead of Verstappen and Sainz

1 October - 11:44 Last update: 12:06
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Charles Leclerc topped the timesheets in a wet and heavily delayed FP3 in Singapore, half a second ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen and teammate Carlos Sainz. The session started with everybody talking about Christian Horner's staunch defence of his Red Bull Racing team amid the rumours surrounding their supposed budget cap breach, and we all got plenty of time to talk about it more with a 30 minute delay.

When the track finally went green, it was Pierre Gasly in the Alpha Tauri who braved the wet conditions and ventured out on track first.

The Frenchman set the first time of the session with a 2:09.9, but times soon tumbled.

Nicholas Latifi had some issues with braking and Mick Schumacher was also told to return to the pits, but there were no such problems for champion elect Max Verstappen, who destroyed Gasly's time to jump to the top.

Ferrari showed their pace, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz jumping into the top five, as the returning Alex Albon enjoyed a harmless spin before getting back on his way.

Verstappen was the first to break the 2-minute barrier, before Leclerc re-took P1 with another strong lap.

Lewis Hamilton was struggling to find any temperature in his tyres, squirming around and losing a lot of time to his main rivals. However, the Brit found some temperature from somewhere with just a couple of minutes left in the session, jumping up into the top-10.

Leclerc and Verstappen continued to trade lap times as the session came to a close, with the Monegasque driver staying ahead. Sainz was third, ahead of the Alpine of Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez.

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