Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen has topped the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, his team mate Sebastian Vettel was third while Daniel Ricciardo was sandwiched in between.
The Finn bolted on a set of super soft tyres in the final minutes of the session for a qualifying run to demote Ricciardo to second by two tenths of a second, while Vettel’s best was three-tenths off the pace.
Valtteri Bottas put his Williams up into fourth position and two-tenths of a second clear from his team mate Felipe Massa in eighth.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton spent most of the session at the bottom of the timesheets before posting his fastest lap of the session in the final seconds to put his Mercedes up into fifth. Nico Rosberg failed to set a time on the super softs good enough for the top three, as he finished seven tenths adrift Raikkonen’s benchmark.
While Ricciardo enjoyed a successful session up in second position after spending majority of practice in first, his team mate Max Verstappen spent FP3 in his garage as Red Bull worked to fix a gearbox issue. The Dutchman failed to set a time only completing the two installation laps.
Esteban Gutierrez again found himself in trouble with his rivals, as the Mexican was accused of not using his mirrors whilst slowing down, almost causing an incident with Pascal Wehrlein at Raidillion.
The Haas driver was driving slowly on the racing line with Wehrlein on a flying lap, causing the German to take to the grass to avoid a collision. Gutierrez is now being investigated by the Stewards for the incident.
Also coming under scrutiny was Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, as the Dane got on the nerves of Vettel as he passed the Ferrari at Blanchimont, squeezing the Ferrari in the process. This caused Vettel to radio to his team: “What an idiot, honestly… It’s free practice. Who gives a shit?”
Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean rounded out the top 10, while Fernando Alonso missed out by two-tenths in 11th ahead of team mate Jenson Button in 13th.
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