Four time winner at Spa, Kimi Raikkonen topped the time-sheets with the fastest time of the weekend which was 1 minute 47.974 seconds. The Iceman was the only driver under the 1 minute and 48 second bracket, and broke Max Verstappen’s fastest record from yesterday of 1 minute 48.085 seconds. Verstappen on the other hand failed to carry the same luck from yesterday to today, as he was unable to post a time due to a gearbox issue. One can see a five-place grid penalty there soon. Dutch fans might have blocked the roads to the track this morning since 8:00 am, but they will have to wait a little longer to see their Dutcman in form.
Daniel Ricciardo was the second fastest and was followed by Sebastian Vettel who was third fastest. Mercedes drivers both clocked their fast laps on the supersoft compound but failed to top time-sheets, with Hamilton fifth fastest and Rosberg as seventh fastest on the grid. However, knowing Mercedes and their expertise it won’t be a surprise if they find that extra one second over the lunch break. According to their tweets Hamilton was on a completely different program focusing primarily on race simulations and practice starts. Currently, Hamilton’s total number of penalties add up to 55 places, which means he will start at the bottom of the grid and taking pole wasn’t the focus in the practice sessions.
In the sector times, Hamilton was fastest in sector 1 hime Kimi remained the fastest in sector two and three. It has been noted in the last two practice sessions that S2 has been a weak point for the Ferrari, however they seemed to have ironed that out according to the data form Kimi’s run.
Qualifying is scheduled 2:00 pm local time and 5:30 pm IST .