Raikkonen puts Ferrari on top in FP3

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen puts Ferrari back on top of the time-sheets in the final practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and team-mate Sebastian Vettel who completed the top three.


Image credit to Sutton Images.

Image credit to Sutton Images.


Ferrari returned to the top of the time-sheets in the final practice session before qualifying with Kimi Raikkonen posting the benchmark of a 1:47.974 on the red-branded Super Soft compounds and finished ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and team-mate Sebastian Vettel who rounded out the top three.


Räikkönen who has won the Belgian Grand Prix four times at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, posted his best effort late in the hour session to finish 0.215 seconds clear of Ricciardo, and a further 0.323 seconds clear of Vettel.


Räikkönen and Vettel both used two new sets of the Super Soft tyres meanwhile Ricciardo just used one, before moving to a long run.


Ricciardo’s team-mate Max Verstappen who topped yesterday afternoon’s FP2 session, only ran two laps due to a gearbox issue.


Lewis Hamilton once again continued his preparations towards tomorrow’s 44 lap race by completing more longer runs, before a one lap Super Soft lap elevated the Briton to fifth place, just behind the fourth placed Williams of Valtteri Bottas.


Hamilton added some new power unit components before the hour session so he won’t have to suffer more penalties for the rest of the season, meaning now that the Briton faces a 55-place grid penalty which puts him at the back of the pack for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.


The Force India pairing of Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez finished in sixth and ninth respectively but were split by the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg who was seventh and Williams’ Felipe Massa who was eighth.


Haas driver Romain Grosjean completed the top 10 by edging out McLaren’s Fernando Alonso who was 11th.


The other Haas of Esteban Gutiérrez was 12th and finished in-front of the 13th placed McLaren of Jenson Button.


Renault’s Kevin Magnussen took 14th place, but the Dane is under investigation for a dangerous move around the outside of Vettel at the fast Blanchimont.


Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein finished the final practice session in 15th place and ahead of the two Toro Rosso drivers Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr. who were 16th and 17th respectively and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer who was 18th.


Wehrlein was also involved in a dramatic moment as he moved away from a slow moving Haas of Gutiérrez at the top of Eau Rouge with the German absolutely furious over the team radio and the stewards also investigating the situation.


Both Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson were 19th and 21st respectively with Manor’s new kid on the block Esteban Ocon splitting the duo in 20th place.


Verstappen finished at the back and failed to post a lap time due to his technical issues.


The Full 2016 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 Results Classification provided at the link: http://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2016/races/949/belgium/practice-3.html


Written by Michael Terminello

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