Bottas tops final practice in Belgium

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Belgium, Circuit De Spa-Francorchampsbe

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas put himself into the spotlights this morning at Spa by setting the fastest time during final practice ahead of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

FP3 kicked off on a wet circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, leaving most drivers in the pits, awaiting better conditions to get out on the track. Felipe Massa and Jenson Button though were two of few drivers who went out early to do a lap.

15 minutes later, as the sun started to dry the track rapidly, most others followed for a few brief laps on full wet or intermediate tyres before another break. Past the halfway mark, Esteban Gutierrez was the first man to go out on dry weather Pirelli tyres, signalling others a few laps later to also leave the pits and essentially kick off running.

In the end it was Valtteri Bottas who set the fastest time on an ever improving track, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Ferrari and Mercedes were not far behind however. The former were clearly experimenting with a low and higher downforce set-up while Mercedes were mostly busy with system checks, including practice starts while the track was still too damp to perform relevant running.


177Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:49.465-12
23Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:49.7330.2689
36Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:49.7390.27413
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:49.8170.3529
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:49.8170.35213
614Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:49.8900.4259
726Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:49.8930.42811
822Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:50.2030.73811
919Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:50.4230.95811
1025Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:50.5351.07010
1111Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:50.5921.12712
1220Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:50.7481.28311
131Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:50.8141.34910
1427Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:50.8661.40111
1599Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:50.9621.49712
168Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:51.5092.0449
1713Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:51.6102.14510
1821Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:51.8982.43315
1917Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:52.4572.99214
204Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:52.9843.51914
219Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:54.2944.82911
2245Andre LottererCaterham-Renault1:55.0085.54313