Once again the classic weather at Spa-Francorchamps saw both the rain and sun within the one hour session of FP3. The Red Bull drivers were at the top with Lewis Hamilton securing a P3 after struggling in the Friday sessions. A brief yellow flag for Gasly and a disappointing run by the Finnish birthday boy, Valtteri Bottas were the few highlights before the qualifying starts later in the day.
Drivers in FP3
Every team started with the intermediates tyres except Haas who took out their wets. After a ‘tricky’ FP2 crash Charles Leclerc ran on a back-up Ferrari chassis taking P16 with his teammate just two places ahead at P14. The late shunt to the Red Bull of Max Verstappen on Friday did not stop him from getting at the top with a lap time of 1:56.92. Lando Norris agreed for the softs with few minutes remaining, the only one to pull off this risky move as the track was still damp. On the other hand, Pierre Gasly spun but saved his Alpha Tauri from getting crashed. Sergio Perez showed improvements and managed to take P2 after his contract extension that came yesterday.
One race less in the 2021 season
FP3 came with the update in the 2021 calendar after the Japanese Grand Prix got cancelled earlier this month. In the revised schedule, the Turkish Grand Prix moves from October 3 to October 10 and the Mexican Grand Prix will now start the triple header in November. There is still no official reveal about the race destination scheduled to be held before December. Speculations are it’ll be somewhere in the Middle East.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “The pandemic continues to present the season with challenges but we have proven we can adapt and we are confident we can deliver a record breaking 22 races this year despite a global pandemic.”
Heading into the Qualifying!
Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll will hope for better positions as they both have a five-place grid penalty. The Ardennes forest will buzz after the title contenders resume their epic battle heading into the qualifying. Furthermore, Charles will be praying for his car to be ready after the FP2 crash yesterday.
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