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.
|01||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF90||1: 44,206||9|
|02||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari SF90||1: 44,657||12|
|03||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes W10||1: 44,703||11|
|04||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault RS19||1: 44,974||10|
|05||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RB15||1: 45.312||11|
|06||Sergio Perez||Racing Point Mercedes RP19||1: 45.521||12|
|07||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W10||1: 45,566||4|
|08||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38||1: 45,659||13|
|09||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38||1: 45,688||13|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso Honda STR14||1: 45.752||15|
|11||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari VF-19||1: 45,806||15|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault RS19||1: 45,855||11|
|13||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-19||1: 46.004||15|
|14||Carlos Sainz||McLaren Renault MCL34||1: 46,017||14|
|15||Lando Norris||McLaren Renault MCL34||1: 46,270||13|
|16||Lance Stroll||Racing Point Mercedes RP19||1: 46,379||11|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso Honda STR14||1: 46,642||13|
|18||George Russell||Williams Mercedes FW42||1: 47,858||14|
|19||Robert Kubica||Williams Mercedes FW42||1: 48,350||14|
|20||Alex Albon||Red Bull Honda RB15||1: 50,681||14|