French Grand Prix: Carlos Sainz to start at back as Max Verstappen fastest in FP3

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz will start the French Grand Prix from the back of the grid as a result of penalties for excessive engine usage. The world champion looked in impressive form, setting a lap 0.354 seconds quicker than Sainz. Verstappen’s title rival Charles Leclerc, who won the last race in Austria, was third fastest, nearly 0.3secs behind his Ferrari team-mate. Leclerc also seemed to be struggling still with high tyre degradation, as he had on the race-simulation runs in Friday practice – while Sainz improved his time on a second lap on the ‘soft’ tyre, Leclerc complained his were “dead” when he tried.

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