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F1 Belgian Grand Prix: Bottas heads Ricciardo in wet/dry FP3

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time of final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix as drying track conditions saw times tumbling at the end of the session
FP3 times HERE

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time of final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix as drying track conditions saw times tumbling at the end of the session.

With only three cars setting times in the first 30 minutes of the session due to a wet track, conditions improved enough for soft tyre running in the closing minutes and it was Bottas who topped the times with a 1:49.465. The result comes after Bottas himself said Williams can put more pressure on Mercedes on Saturday.

Daniel Ricciardo completed a lap right at the end of the session to take second – 0.268s slower than Bottas – just pipping Nico Rosberg in the process as the championship leader set a time 0.006s further back on the softs.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest having been the first of the front-running teams to set a time on the option tyre, but he needed to be pushed back to the Ferrari garage at the end of the session having not managed to exit the pit lane before the chequered flag fell in order to carry out a practice start.

Lewis Hamilton ended the session fifth fastest having been quickest by 0.001s from Rosberg after the medium tyre runs. Hamilton actually set the exact same time as Raikkonen but is classified below him due to the Ferrari setting the time first.

Traffic was an issue for all the drivers due to the busy end to the hour-long session, and Fernando Alonso aborted his final lap to finish with the sixth quickest time in the second Ferrari as both cars appeared to remain competitive after an encouraging Friday.

The top seven cars were covered by less than half a second, with Daniil Kvyat finishing P7 in the Toro Rosso ahead of Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Jean-Eric Vergne.

A slow start to the session after rain earlier in the morning saw only Jules Bianchi, Max Chilton and Andre Lotterer set times in the first 30 minutes on intermediate tyres. The majority of teams were attempting to save their tyres with wet weather forecast throughout the day.

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