Sunday, November 27, 2022

Ferrari’s Leclerc completes all three drills at Spanish GP

MONTMELÓ, Spain ( Associated Press) – Formula One points leader Charles Leclerc pushed all three drills ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix to beat world champion Max Verstappen in the final session before Saturday’s qualifying.

The Ferrari driver was just 0.072 seconds faster than Red Bull’s Verstappen. The Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were the fastest in Saturday morning’s session in third and fourth places.

Qualifying for Sunday’s race was scheduled to follow the final practice session, held on a hot, sunny day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Although large parts of Spain are under heatwave alert with May temperatures hitting their hottest in two decades, it was a manageable 32 C (89 F) during morning exercises.

Mick Schumacher’s most heat came from Haas when his brakes failed and the hour-long session caught fire in barely 15 minutes.

Schumacher told his team by radio that “my brakes are burning, my rear brakes are burning” as he overshot his stop. The crew members with fire extinguishers immediately doused the fire emanating from the rear right wheel.

The team said it was getting a gearbox change and “believe that Mick’s car will be in shape to take part in qualifying.”

More than 100,000 fans are expected at the first Spanish GP with full spectators since 2019; The public was not allowed to attend in 2020 and only 1,000 fans were allowed inside in 2021 due to pandemic restrictions.

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