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Raikkonen Fastest in 3rd Free Belgian GP Practice

Kimi Raikkonen claimed the top spot on the time sheets at the third free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps.

Raikkonen set his best time of 1:47.974 on his second run on the super softs. Up until that point. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo held the top spot also with a run on the super soft tyres.

Ricciardo took the spot of second fastest 0..215s off the pace with a 1:48.189. Max Verstappen in the other Red Bull did not set a time due to a sensor problem on his gearbox.

Sebastian Vettel was 3rd fastest with a 1:48.297, 0.323s off Raikkonen’s time. Vettel had a few issues with traffic but his timed lap didn’t seem to come together.

In a better showing of form compared to Friday’s running Valtter Bottas was 4th fastest setting a 1:48.504.

After running most of the session with the soft tyre with long run pace, Lewis Hamilton fitted the super soft tyres just before the end of the session and managed a time of 1:48.635 which put him 5th fastest. It was hard to tell whether Hamilton was just not pushing or the W07 was struggling with the high track temperatures. Mercedes’ Paddy Lowe confirmed that Hamilton will do the minimum during qualifying after Hamilton took on a 3rd power unit which effectively drops him another 25-places down the grid which brings his total grid drop total to 55-places.

Nico Hulkenberg was 6th fastest showing some very good pace for Force India. Sergio Perez in the other Force India was 9th fastest for the session.

Nico Rosberg could not get his lap together and managed 7th fastest. With the pressure on him this weekend, he needs a strong showing this weekend to close the gap to Hamilton and possibly take the lead in the constructors championship.

Rounding out the top 10 was Romain Grosjean for Haas.

With the times very close to each other Qualifying looks like it will become a very close fought battle. The top 9 were covered by 1 second.

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:47.974 11
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:48.189 +0.215 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:48.297 +0.323 12
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:48.504 +0.530 17
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:48.635 +0.661 20
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:48.739 +0.765 12
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:48.742 +0.768 19
8 Felipe Massa Williams 1:48.783 +0.809 21
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:48.915 +0.941 12
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:49.272 +1.298 16
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:49.453 +1.479 9
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:49.631 +1.657 16
13 Jenson Button McLaren 1:49.665 +1.691 10
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:49.716 +1.742 11
15 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:49.761 +1.787 15
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:50.023 +2.049 9
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:50.078 +2.104 9
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:50.241 +2.267 11
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:50.420 +2.446 13
20 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:50.693 +2.719 18
21 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:51.319 +3.345 5
Max Verstappen Red Bull 2

 

Photo credit: Scuderia Ferrari Formula One

About Ritesh K Bhana

Ritesh likes to think he is a true Tifosi, but he still remains fair to other teams. He supports two other teams which are not Red Bull and McLaren. Follow Ritesh on twitter @Humanshield_1

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2017 Hungarian GP Broadcast Times

CDTBSTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Friday 03:00Friday 09:00Friday 10:00Friday 10:00
Free Practice 2Friday 08:00Friday 13:00Friday 14:00Friday 14:00
Free Practice 3Saturday 04:00Saturday 10:00Saturday 11:00Saturday 11:00
QualifyingSaturday 08:00Saturday 13:00Saturday 14:00Saturday 14:00
RaceSunday 08:00Sunday 13:00Sunday 14:00Sunday 14:00

2017 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel177
2 Lewis Hamilton176
3 Valtteri Bottas154
4 Daniel Ricciardo117
5 Kimi Raikkonen98
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