Belgian GP: Hamilton fastest in FP3, Ferrari slowest of all

Lewis Hamilton ended free practice three of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix fastest, but Ferrari ended up slowest of all.

Valtteri Bottas headed the times throughout the majority of the session, but when the teams completed their final flying laps at the end of the hour, Hamilton went fastest, setting a best time of 1m43.255s.

But, despite Mercedes claiming the top spot, there was a real mix of cars behind, with further evidence suggesting qualifying will be tight for all of the teams.

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Renault continued their strong form this weekend, with Esteban Ocon doing enough to finish second fastest, while the Lando Norris was third in his McLaren, just 0.386s off Hamilton’s benchmark.

Alex Albon had an encouraging practice session, ending up ahead of his teammate Max Verstappen in fourth, while Valtteri Bottas and Verstappen were fifth and sixth.

Daniel Ricciardo was seventh in his Renault RS20, ahead of Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz, with the Racing Point of Sergio Perez rounding out the top ten.

But, while the top ten were closely matched, Ferrari found themselves way off the pace and they had another terrible session.

Charles Leclerc said yesterday that he had balance issues in his Ferrari SF1000 and hoped that they could resolve the issue for Saturday, but he ended up 17th in third practice while Vettel was slowest of all, 2.1s down on Hamilton’s best effort.