Raikkonen tops final practice in Spa

Kimi Raikkonen loves Spa
Kimi Raikkonen loves Spa

Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari at the top of the times during final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Sebastian Vettel, as Mercedes again was sandbagging and focused on longer runs to win the race. They know topping practice sessions pays no points and tires are critical here. Having enough tires for the race will be key as teams are burning through the softer compounds quickly.

Less than a second covers the top nine, which features five teams – Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams, Mercedes and Force India. Haas and McLaren are incredibly closely matched just behind the lead pack.

Raikkonen, a four-time winner at Spa, posted a 1:47.974 late in the session to finish two tenths up on Ricciardo, and a further tenth clear of Vettel.

Both Ferrari drivers used two fresh sets of the Super Soft compound, however, while Ricciardo only used one, before switching to a long run.

Ricciardo's teammate, Max Verstappen, who topped Friday's FP2 session, was restricted to just two out-in laps, with a gearbox issue developing.

Lewis Hamilton spent the majority of his session working through longer runs, before a sole Super Soft effort elevated him to fifth, just behind Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton took on further new power unit elements prior to the session, to boost his pool for the rest of the campaign, meaning he now faces a 15-place grid penalty Sunday.


1. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 47.974s
2. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-TAG 1m 48.189s
3. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 48.297s
4. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 48.504s
5. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 48.635s
6. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 48.739s
7. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 48.742s
8. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 48.783s
9. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 48.915s
10. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas-Ferrari 1m 49.272s
11. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 49.453s
12. Esteban Gutierrez MEX Haas-Ferrari 1m 49.631s
13. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 49.665s
14. Kevin Magnussen DEN Renault-Renault 1m 49.716s
15. Pascal Wehrlein GER Manor-Mercedes 1m 49.761s
16. Daniil Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 50.023s
17. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 50.078s
18. Jolyon Palmer GBR Renault-Renault 1m 50.241s
19. Felipe Nasr BRA Sauber-Ferrari 1m 50.420s
20. Esteban Ocon FRA Manor-Mercedes 1m 50.693s
21. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 51.319s
22. Max Verstappen NED Red Bull-TAG No time

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