Charles Leclerc kept Ferrari at the top of the timesheets in final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton crashed out, leaving Mercedes with significant repairs to complete ahead of qualifying later today.

Ferrari swept to a one-two finish for the third session in a row at Spa as Leclerc led teammate Sebastian Vettel by four-tenths of a second, setting a best lap time of 1m44.206s.

Mercedes managed to take a step closer toward Ferrari compared to Friday as Valtteri Bottas finished third, 0.497s back from Leclerc, leading his team solo after Hamilton's crash.

Hamilton lost control of his car coming into the first right-hander at Les Fanges, causing it to crash into the tyre.

Hamilton was quick to apologise to the team over radio and report that he was OK, but the same could not be said of his car, which was left with significant damage to the front-left that leaves Mercedes facing a race against time to get it ready for qualifying.

The crash resulted in a 15-minute stoppage under the red flag while Hamilton’s car was recovered and the barrier was put back in place. Hamilton ultimately ended the session seventh-fastest.

Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for Renault ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, while Sergio Perez made the top 10 once again for Racing Point in P6.

Alfa Romeo drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi took P8 and P9 respectively, with Pierre Gasly completing the top 10 for Toro Rosso, finishing just four-tenths of a second shy of Verstappen in the Red Bull.

 

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