Belgian GP: Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 during rain-soaked FP3

Max Verstappen went quickest during a rain-soaked Free Practice 3 session of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

The final Free Practice session of the weekend featured a significant portion of rain for the 1-hour session.

After FP1 and FP2 yesterday were predominantly dry, drivers could get a taste of the wet conditions around Spa.

One of the earlier dramas involved Kimi Raikkonen reporting a brake failure after completing just three laps, therefore he spent the majority of his session in the garage.

Turn 5 was causing a few mishaps due to a lack of grip, as both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso found out.

Near the end of the session, Pierre Gasly had a spin at Turn 14 when he put a wheel on the damp, artificial grass just on the outskirts of the kerb.

Lando Norris was the first to diverge from intermediates to slicks, but completed a steady outlap to suggest the circuit was not dry enough.

By the end, the order was largely mixed leaving open interpretation as to who will thrive amongst the midfield once qualifying takes place later today.

Red Bull Racing were 1-2, Verstappen’s 1m56.924s followed by Sergio Perez, the latter driver recently announcing his 2022 commitment with the team.

Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton finished third ahead of fellow Briton Lando Norris.

F1’s most recent (first-time) race winner Esteban Ocon was in fifth ahead Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel.

Williams’ George Russell and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso were in ninth and 10th positions.

Valtteri Bottas followed in 11th ahead of Nicholas Latifi, Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz.

Mick Schumacher finished 15th for Haas as Charles Leclerc, Yuki Tsunoda and Nikita Mazepin followed behind.

In 20th and last in the order was Raikkonen, who succumbed to his brake failure issues which left little mileage to collect as mechanics worked on his Alfa Romeo.