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Gasly tops unpredictable final practice as Red Bull find form in wet

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Gasly tops unpredictable final practice as Red Bull find form in wet

Gasly tops unpredictable final practice as Red Bull find form in wet

Pierre Gasly topped final practice for the Turkish Grand Prix in difficult conditions after morning rain at Istanbul Park.

Frenchman Gasly posted a time of a one minute 30.447secs on intermediate tyres to lead Max Verstappen as the track dried rapidly throughout the session.

Sergio Perez finished third in a Honda-powered one-two-three as Mercedes opted not to run as the conditions improved.

George Russell failed to set a lap time after triggering the first red flag period of the weekend, spinning into the gravel after switching from full wet tyres to intermediates.

AlphaTauri driver Gasly was the first to venture out of the pits after 10 minutes of no track running and after a switch to intermediate tyres some eight minutes later became the first to spin in tricky conditions.

The AlphaTauri aquaplaned through the fast turn 11, a move followed shortly by Nikita Mazepin.

George Russell's session was cut short with 37 minutes remaining as the Williams rotated itself into the gravel on the outside of turn two. Russell was left stranded and red flags were thrown.

After a five minute delay, there was a flurry of track action although Friday's fastest man Hamilton lost grip at turn nine, allowing Verstappen to set what was then the fastest time by over a second.

The Dutchman suffered a spin of his own on the very next lap at the same turn, although Verstappen seemed pleased with his efforts, boasting "nice 360" over team radio.

Hamilton and Mercedes called time early in the session, not running in the final 20 minutes as track conditions improved and times tumbled.

The Honda teams looked strong in the changing conditions though with Gasly finding pace to leap ahead of Verstappen and Perez.

Carlos Sainz, who will start at the back of the grid after changing his PU, completed the third-most laps of anybody and finished fourth, with team-mate Charles Leclerc fifth.

Fernando Alonso proved Alpine is competitive in both wet and dry conditions this weekend to finish sixth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Yuki Tsunoda, Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon.

Turkish Grand Prix final practice results

1. Pierre Gasly [AlphaTauri] 1:30.447

2. Max Verstappen [Red Bull] +0.164

3. Sergio Perez [Red Bull] +0.237

4. Carlos Sainz [Ferrari] +0.815

5. Charles Leclerc [Ferrari] +1.096

6. Fernando Alonso [Alpine] +1.098

7. Kimi Raikkonen [Alfa Romeo] +1.125

8. Yuki Tsunoda [AlphaTauri] +1.534

9. Valtteri Bottas [Mercedes] +1.549

10. Esteban Ocon [Alpine] +1.642

11. Antonio Giovinazzi [Alfa Romeo] +1.650

12. Sebastian Vettel [Aston Martin] +1.664

13. Mick Schumacher [Haas] +1.781

14. Daniel Ricciardo [McLaren] +1.823

15. Lando Norris [McLaren] +1.867

16. Lance Stroll [Aston Martin] +2.901

17. Nikita Mazepin [Haas] +2.978

18. Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes] +3.189

19. Nicholas Latifi [Williams] +5.234

20. George Russell [Williams] NO TIME

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