Hamilton Moves To Front of The Grid In Third Practice Session

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Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton set an impressive pace as he topped the time sheets in final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The reigning F1 world champion clocked a 1m48.984s to finished 0.498 seconds quicker than his title rival, who was fastest in both practice sessions on Friday.

Ferrari proved to be Mercedes’ closest challenger at a gloriously sunny Spa Francorchamps, with Sebastian Vettel third and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fourth.

Sergio Perez set the fastest final sector as he ended up fifth, two tenths and three places clear of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg to suggest Force India can aim for the final part of qualifying later on Saturday.

The Red Bull drivers and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, who will start towards the back of the grid because of a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change, completed their soft tyre qualifying-simulations early in the session.

That allowed them to spend the rest of the session to gathering long-run data, making up for the red flag disruptions in Friday’s second practice.

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