Form 1 | Spa, EL3: The Ferrari still in the lead, Hamilton in the wall


The sun is still on in Belgium at the start of the third free practice session, and Racing Point has announced that Sergio Pérez has returned to the old specification of the Mercedes engine, following the mechanical problem suffered yesterday. in EL2.

Renault has also announced that it has reinstalled the old French engine specification for Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg's single-seaters after installing the new one yesterday in free practice 1 and 2. A strategic decision by the French team.

"We went back to Specification B for the rest of the weekend" confirmed the team. "The plan was to take penalties on a circuit where there is a possibility to overtake, adding an extra engine to those we have for the rest of the year."

The start of the session was very calm, the first fastest time being signed by Charles Leclerc after a big quarter of an hour of session, beaten quickly by Sebastian Vettel in 1'44 "657.

The session was marked by the accident of Lewis Hamilton, who lost control of his Mercedes in the curve of Fagnes after having bitten on the vibrator under braking. The contact with the wall has been quite violent and the team will have two hours to check that the chassis is not touched before qualifying.

An accident that falls badly after a difficult start to the weekend for the driver, who was behind his teammate, but especially Ferrari. The session was interrupted for almost 20 minutes to put the barrier back in place and evacuate the injured car.

It was finally Charles Leclerc who set the best time of the session in 1'44 "206, four tenths ahead of Vettel, and Monegasque seemed to be the favorite for pole position this afternoon.

Valtteri Bottas is third ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who showed the speed of the Renault engine in a straight line, ahead notably Max Verstappen, fifth to 1 second of Leclerc.

Sergio Pérez is sixth with the old Mercedes engine ahead of Hamilton, so he took part in less than half of the session. He is ahead of both Alfa Romeo and Pierre Gasly, tenth ahead of Romain Grosjean.

The McLarens are back, 14th and 15th, while Alex Albon is more than six seconds behind Leclerc. Knowing that he was sentenced for the qualification, the Thai certainly worked on the race.

01Charles LeclercFerrari SF901: 44,2069
02Sebastian VettelFerrari SF901: 44,65712
03Valtteri BottasMercedes W101: 44,70311
04Daniel RicciardoRenault RS191: 44,97410
05Max VerstappenRed Bull Honda RB151: 45.31211
06Sergio PerezRacing Point Mercedes RP191: 45.52112
07Lewis HamiltonMercedes W101: 45,5664
08Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Ferrari C381: 45,65913
09Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Ferrari C381: 45,68813
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso Honda STR141: 45.75215
11Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari VF-191: 45,80615
12Nico HulkenbergRenault RS191: 45,85511
13Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-191: 46.00415
14Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault MCL341: 46,01714
15Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault MCL341: 46,27013
16Lance StrollRacing Point Mercedes RP191: 46,37911
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso Honda STR141: 46,64213
18George RussellWilliams Mercedes FW421: 47,85814
19Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes FW421: 48,35014
20Alex AlbonRed Bull Honda RB151: 50,68114

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