F1 testing 2022: Day 3 results from Barcelona

Teams were once again running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from 9am local time until 6pm, this time using wet tyres


The final day of pre-season testing came to an end in at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with the Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell posting the best times of the day. 

After a winter plagued by intrigue over his future, Hamilton left Spain with the best time of the three days of 1:19.138, set on the supersoft C5 tyres, as he sent a message to his new teammate and the rest of the grid. 

Red Bull got themselves near the top of the timesheet with Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen ending the day in third and fourth, respectively. The new RB18 looks to be one of the fastest cars once again. 

After Mercedes and Red Bull, the reemergence of Ferrari as challengers seems to be the main story to come from Montmelo, with the Scuderia maybe just a couple of tenths down on their rivals. Friday saw the Italian team a little more subdued in comparison to their spectacular first two days in Barcelona. 

We also saw some wet weather running at the end of the final day which gave us a glimpse into the new aero changes for 2022. 

Barcelona testing – Day 3 Results 

Pos.DriverTeamBest TimeTyreTot. Laps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:19.138C594
2George RussellMercedes1:19.233C566
3Sergio PerezRed Bull1:19.556C474
4Max VerstappenRed Bull1:19.756C359
5Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:19.824 C548
6Charles LeclercFerrari1:19.831C344
7Carlos SainzFerrari1:20.072C392
8Alex AlbonWilliams1:20.318 C494
9Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:20.699C413
10Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:20.750C386
11Lando NorrisMcLaren1:20.827C352
12Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:21.242C312
13Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo1:21.939C341
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:22.469C440
15Nikita MazepinHaas1:26.229C39
16Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:30.433C310

Despite having the best time inn pre-season testing, Hamilton was coy as to whether Mercedes were the team to beat in 2022. 

“It’s been an interesting few days,” Hamilton said. “It’s not been the easiest or smoothest running. We have had some obstacles to overcome.

“We would always want more laps but I am happy with today, we have had 100 laps, which for a half-day wasn’t too bad.”

Day 3 Testing – Total Team Laps

TeamTotal Laps
Red Bull133
Alfa Romeo51
Aston Martin48
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – February 25, 2022 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea
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