Hamilton tops FP3 as Honda's hopes fade away

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

Having been topped by Nico Rosberg in both Friday practice sessions, Lewis Hamilton moved to the front on Saturday morning at Spa, setting a 1:48.984 on a new set of soft tyres.

Red Bull Racing dropped a bit down the ranking order, seeing Vettel and Raikkonen move up into third and fourth. Sergio Perez also moved ahead of Ricciardo, going 5th fastest.

Next up were Ricciardo and Kvyat, both running notably small rear wings to compensate a little for the lack of power compared to Mercedes. Nico Hulkenberg was 8th fastest, with Williams surprisingly down in 9th and 10th, despite this being a fairly power hungry and low-drag favouring circuit.

McLaren's hopes for a move up the grid here at Spa were shattered though, with the team finding out they would have to fight Marussia to get away from the last row on the starting grid. The BBC found out that Honda's engine upgrade is indeed working, but that the nature of the circuit at Spa-Francorchamps is such that the car finds itself with 0% ERS power halfway through the lap.

For Alonso, things were even worse, with the Spaniard failing to set a time in this session, having found an exhaust issue on his installation lap. Honda had fitted a brand new engine into Alonso's car overnight, but that soon showed the exhaust problem, preventing Alonso the do any more laps.


144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:48.98415
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:49.482+0.498s19
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1:49.629+0.645s17
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:49.864+0.880s19
511Sergio PerezForce India1:49.866+0.882s15
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:49.930+0.946s20
726Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:49.980+0.996s19
827Nico HulkenbergForce India1:50.000+1.016s15
977Valtteri BottasWilliams1:50.179+1.195s15
1019Felipe MassaWilliams1:50.447+1.463s15
1155Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:50.552+1.568s20
1213Pastor MaldonadoLotus1:50.585+1.601s17
1333Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:50.599+1.615s21
1412Felipe NasrSauber1:50.690+1.706s17
159Marcus EricssonSauber1:51.054+2.070s20
168Romain GrosjeanLotus1:51.187+2.203s18
1722Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:51.981+2.997s12
1828Will StevensMarussia1:54.262+5.278s16
1998Roberto MerhiMarussia1:54.281+5.297s9
2014Fernando AlonsoMcLaren--1