The curse of Saturday, which often sees Mercedes, or even Red Bull, catch up with Ferrari, seems to spare the Scuderia in Belgium. The two red cars were still the fastest in free practice 3. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel fought for the best time, and it was the Monegasque who had the last word, in 1'44 "206, That is 45 hundredths less than his teammate.The power of the Italian engine is all the rage in the Ardennes, and both teammates are likely to be in the front line, but in what order?
In the Mercedes clan, smiles are less of an option. First of all because of the performances of the Silver Arrows, with a Valtteri Bottas at 49 hundredths of Leclerc, and who will struggle to fight for the pole. But especially because of the accident of Lewis Hamilton, after about thirty minutes of session. The Englishman missed in turn 12, after braking on a vibrator, and despite two attempts to recover, he ended up in the wall. His participation in qualifying is very uncertain because there was a lot of damage on his car.
The Red Bull are not really in the game either: Max Verstappen is 5th at 1 ", beaten by Daniel Ricciardo's Renault, and Alexander Albon is last, more than six seconds behind Monegasque Sergio Perez (Racing Point ) was 6th at 1 "3, Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) 8th at 1" 45, ahead of teammate Antonio Giovinazzi (+1 "48). Pierre Gasly made his mark at Toro Rosso, with the 10th time at 1 "5. That's better than his teammate Daniil Kvyat, 17th at 2" 4.