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What a qualifying we could have in store at Spa as the rain continues to fall….; Watch live on Sky Sports F1 at 2pm as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull and Mercedes, fight for crucial pole

Last Updated: 28/08/21 12:27pm


Max Verstappen comfortably topped a wet final practice for the Belgian GP ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez and title rival Lewis Hamilton, with a damp and unpredictable qualifying in store at Spa-Francorchamps.

Heavy rain fell overnight and throughout Saturday morning in the Ardenne hills, leading to slippery circuit conditions for the drivers, many of whom had nervy off-track moments as they looked to get their eye in for qualifying.

But Verstappen managed to clock what was by far the fastest lap, a 1:56.924, 0.9s quicker than Perez in the other Red Bull.

The Dutchman also topped Friday’s second practice, although ended that session with a shunt into the barriers.

Lewis Hamilton went off the track and into the run-off road at les combes chicane during final practice ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton went off the track and into the run-off road at les combes chicane during final practice ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton went off the track and into the run-off road at les combes chicane during final practice ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton was a second off the pace in P3, but clocked his time slightly earlier in the session when the track conditions were worse.

Verstappen and Hamilton – split by eight points in the championship with the Mercedes driver in the lead – are both famously strong in the wet weather and so will fancy their chances for qualifying, with more rain in the air.

The shootout starts at 2pm on Sky Sports F1, with extensive build-up from 1pm.

Lando Norris finished a competitive fourth for McLaren, and even optimistically fitted soft tyres right at the end of the hour-long session – unable to find lap time as he drifted around the 7km circuit.

AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly spun out of control during P3 in Belgium.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly spun out of control during P3 in Belgium.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly spun out of control during P3 in Belgium.

Alpine and Aston Martin finished with both drivers in the top-10, while notable absentees from the top of the timesheets were Valtteri Bottas, the Mercedes driver only 11th, and both Ferraris.

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, who has a new chassis after his Friday shunt, were 14th and 16th.

But Kimi Raikkonen had the most frustrating session, only completing three laps in his Alfa Romeo due to brake issues.

Belgian GP Practice Three Timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:56.924
2) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.947
3) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.072
4) Lando Norris McLaren +1.585
5) Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.989
6) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +2.281
7) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +2.400
8) Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +2.512
9) George Russell Williams +2.568
10) Fernando Alonso Alpine +2.689
11) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +2.884
12) Nicholas Latifi Williams +3.057
13) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +3.532
14) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +3.825
15) Mick Schumacher Haas +4.345
16) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +4.446
17) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +4.586
18) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +4.588
19) Nikita Mazepin Haas +4.868
20) Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +7.458





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