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26 Aug 16:37 Hamilton in P2 with Max Verstappen in P3.
26 Aug 16:37 Sebastian Vettel wins the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix.
26 Aug 16:36 Vettel cruising to the finish...
26 Aug 16:29 Just 5 more laps to go.
26 Aug 16:16 Max asking if there's any chance of rain.
26 Aug 16:14 Ricciardo told to box and retire. :(
26 Aug 16:08 Today marks Alonso's 7th DNF at Spa during the past few years.
26 Aug 16:05 Max in the pits and out again.
26 Aug 15:57 Ferrari boys taking out 4 soft new tyres for Vettel.
26 Aug 15:57 Bottas in P7 as he passes Magnussen.
26 Aug 15:56 Vettel told to push.
26 Aug 15:56 Hamilton pits!
26 Aug 15:53 Hamilton's left rear is badly blistered, but he reckons they are ok.
26 Aug 15:52 3.3 seconds between Vettel and Hamilton.
26 Aug 15:52 Will Mercedes let Hamilton pit first or will the wait to see what tyres Ferrari will use for Vettel...
26 Aug 15:51 The race leaders will be pitting soon. 
26 Aug 15:37 Bottas up to P11
26 Aug 15:29 Max passes Ocon and the orange crowd goes wild!
26 Aug 15:28 That's the second DNF for LeClerc in a row.
26 Aug 15:28 Whoohooo Daniel is back in the race!
26 Aug 15:21 Retirements so far: Alonso, LeClerc, Hulkenburg, Ricciardo.
26 Aug 15:18 So impressed by the Force India's pace. Well done to those boys!
26 Aug 15:17 Safety car still out Kimi heads back out with a new tyre.
FINISH Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Pierre Gasly and Marcus Ericsson round out the points!
FINISH Vettel wins from Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.
Lap 44 The top four are covered by 66 seconds, showing the dominance of the front two. Max Verstappen has had his own little race, and driven round in P3 for the majority of the grand prix.
Lap 42 Vettel now leads by 9.4s with three laps to go!
Lap 41 The two Williams could have a last lap battle, with the pair separated by less than a second in P12 and P13.
Lap 40 This time, Bottas gets it done! He moves into P4 after starting the Belgian Grand Prix in P17.
Lap 39 Perez keeps hold of the position at the end of the Kemmel Straight.
Lap 39 Bottas is in DRS range as he comes out of La Source...
Lap 38 As it stands, Hamilton will lead the Championship standings by 17 points from Vettel.
Lap 37 Bottas is now within 1.8s of Perez in the hunt for P4.
Lap 35 Hamilton is five seconds behind the race-leading Vettel. with nine laps to go.
Lap 34 TEN LAPS TO GO - LAP 34/44 (GAPS): VET - HAM (5.1) - VER (25.1) - PER (29.2) - BOT (3.8) - OCO (5.5) - GRO (4.8) - MAG (7.6) - GAS (7.2) - ERI (8.2) - SAI (7.6) - SIR (2.8) - STR (2.5) - HAR (17.2) - VAN (5.0) OUT: RIC RAI LEC ALO HUL
Lap 33 Sainz gets past Sirotkin for P11, and is now six seconds off the points. Meanwhile, Bottas puts in a 1:46.2, a new race lap record.
Lap 32 The Finn gets past the first of the Force Indias and is now into P5.
Lap 31 Bottas is now right behind Ocon in a battle for P5.
Lap 30 Ricciardo boxes to retire his Red Bull, having ran round for the last 25 laps at two laps down.
Lap 29 Bottas pits from P4 and comes out behind the two Force Indias, and ahead of Grosjean into P6.
Lap 29 The battle may be over, as Ericsson gets back past Hartley down the Kemmel Straight a lap later.
Lap 29 At the front, Hamilton has dropped to nearly five seconds behind Vettel.
Lap 28 Hartley then gets back past the Swede down the Kemmel once more.
Lap 28 Ericsson overtakes Hartley to move back into the points.
Lap 27 Ericsson pits and comes out ahead of Hartley, but the Kiwi overtakes him down the Kemmel Straight to take back P10.
Lap 26 Verstappen pits from P3, and will rejoin the track in the same position, with Bottas his closest rival, over 30 seconds behind.
Lap 26 Perez comes out in P5, behind Bottas, who has risen up to P4. Gasly also comes in for his stop and returns in P11, behind his Toro Rosso team-mate, Brendon Hartley.
Lap 25 Vettel puts in a new fastest lap to extend his lead at the top, while Sergio Perez comes in for his one and only stop of the race.
Lap 25 Ocon pits from P5, covering off Romain Grosjean's pit stop. He rejoins the track in P8, right between Gasly (P7) and Ericsson (P9).
Lap 24 TWENTY LAPS TO GO - LAP 24/44 (GAPS): VET - HAM (1.8) - VER (3.3) - PER (16.9) - OCO (6.1) - BOT (7.2) - MAG (5.3) - GAS (4.5) - ERI (2.2) - GRO (5.5) - SIR (3.3) - HAR (6.0) - VAN (9.2) - SAI (4.6) - STR (0.8) - RIC (+1L) OUT: RIC LEC ALO HUL
Lap 24 Romain Grosjean is the first man to pit from the midfield, coming in from P6, and rejoining in P10.
Lap 23 Hamilton retakes P2 from Max, and is now within just 1.5s of Vettel.
Lap 23 Vettel gets out ahead of Verstappen, who has Hamilton right behind him.
Lap 22 Bottas is now up to P7, ahead of Kevin Magnussen, while Sebastian Vettel pits from the lead of the race.
Lap 21 Hamilton pits from P2, and puts on the (S) tyres.
Lap 20 Hamilton is now only 3.2s behind Vettel, as the Brit starts to try and close the gap to th leader.
Lap 19 We are now into the waiting period for these pit stops. It will just be a one-stop now after the SC period at the start of the race took away any issues with tyres, and/or fuel.
Lap 18 The Finn now gets past Gasly for P8, as he continues his move through the field.
Lap 17 Bottas gets past Ericsson for P9, with Gasly just in front of him.
Lap 16 Hamilton puts in a new fastest lap, but remains 3.6s behind race leader Vettel.
Lap 15 Verstappen is now 12 seconds behind the top two, and it could become a lonely race for the Dutchman, who currently sits in P3, also 9 seconds ahead of next man up, Perez.
Lap 14 None of the top eight are within two seconds of the car in front at the moment, as the race heads into a lull before the pit stops.
Lap 13 Looking good for Force India (P4 and P5) and Haas (P6 and P7) at the moment, with both Gasly and Ericsson also in the points paying positions.
Lap 12 Bottas is now into the points - into P10 ahead of both Williams.
Lap 11 1/4 DISTANCE - LAP 11/44 (GAPS BETWEEN): VET - HAM (3.5) - VER (9.9) - PER (3.8) - OCO (3.2) - GRO (2.0) - MAG (3.5) - GAS (2.0) - ERI (1.0) - SIR (2.2) - BOT (0.7) - STR (1.6) - SAI (2.9) - HAR (1.7) - VAN (3.6) - RIC (+1L) OUT: RAI LEC ALO HUL
Lap 10 Verstappen gets past Perez and moves into the top three!
Lap 9 Raikkonen comes into the pits once more to retire his Ferrari from the Belgian Grand Prix.
Lap 9 Bottas update: The Finn is now up to P12.
Lap 8 Raikkonen pits for a second time, and is now at the back of the field on the lead lap, with Ricciardo a lap behind.
Lap 7 Verstappen overtakes Ocon at the end of the Kemmel Straight to take P4.
Lap 6 Vettel's lead is now 2.2s from Hamilton, with the front two pulling away from the Force India duo.
Lap 5 Bottas and Raikkonen have moved ahead of Vandoorne and into P14 and P15.
RESTART Sebastian Vettel keeps the lead from Lewis Hamilton, with Sergio Perez ahead of Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen.
Lap 4 Daniel Ricciardo returns to the race track, but will be two laps down. The SC is in this lap.
Lap 3 Sergey Sirotkin runs in the points for the first time this season, while Valtteri Bottas pitted under the SC to change a broken front wing.
Lap 1 Raikkonen gets back to the pits and puts the (M) tyres on and could go to the end of the race.
Lap 1 Charles Leclerc lost his rear wing in the process, as the Spaniard flew across the top of his Sauber. Daniel Ricciardo's rear wing is also off after a chaotic first lap.
Lap 1 Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg are out, while Kimi Raikkonen has a right-rear puncture.
15:10 The top nine are all on the (SS) tyres, having used them to get through Q2. Everyone below that is on the (S) apart from Carlos Sainz, who will start the race on the (M) tyres.
15:05 It looks set to be a dry race at Spa, but you never know when the rain may come and shake things up, much like it did yesterday.
15:00 10 MINUTES TO GO!
14:58 Can Esteban Ocon prove that he is worthy of a seat for 2019? Both Hamilton and Vettel believe he is, but can the Frenchman prove it from P3 on the grid today?
14:55 Can the Force Indias stay in the top four? If not, will they stay as the 'best of the rest'?
14:50 So who will take victory in this race? Will it be either Hamilton or Vettel? Or will someone else get in amongst the top two?
14:36 Meanwhile, the new entrant, the Racing Point Force India team starts with zero points. But they do start from P3 and P4 today.
14:30 After that come the two Finns, with Kimi Raikkonen 14 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas. However, the 2007 World Champion is 67 points behind Hamilton.
14:24 With Hamilton and Vettel on the front row, it makes it even more of a two-horse race in the World Championship. The Brit leads the standings by 24 points from the German going into this grand prix.
14:18 Kevin Magnussen was the last man to set a time in Q3 and will start from P9. Four men start from the back of the grid after taking engine penalties. Valtteri Bottas will being the race in P17, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz and Stoffel Vandoorne.
14:14 Behind them will be Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen before the two Red Bulls on the fourth row of the grid.
14:10 Amazingly, the two Force Indias will be on the second row of the grid, just weeks after the team fell into administration.
14:05 After a hectic qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position. His Championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, will start the race alongside him.
14:00 Hello and welcome to our coverage of the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix. The race begins at 15:10 local time, an hour and ten minutes from now.
16:04 That is it from us today as a hectic qualifying session comes to an end! Join us tomorrow for what promises to be an exciting Belgian Grand Prix. Bye for now.
16:03 The top ten in qualifying: HAM VET OCO PER GRO RAI VER RIC MAG BOT
16:00 Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:58.1!! A full three seconds quicker than anyone else.
15:59 Vettel puts in a 2:01.1, moving 1.4s clear. Meanwhile Verstappen and Ricciardo are also in the pits.
15:58 Kimi Raikkonen pits and will be no higher than P2 come the end of qualifying.
15:57 THREE MINUTES TO GO IN Q3: VET RAI VER RIC HAM MAG GRO PER OCO BOT Sebastian Vettel takes top spot by two tenths, with a 2:02.4.
15:56 Hamilton goes P3, four tenths behind Raikkonen.
15:56 Raikkonen goes fastest by just under two tenths.
15:55 Max Verstappen sets the quickest early time with a 2:02.8.
15:53 Daniel Ricciardo drops it at the chicane at the end of the Kemmel Straight. His first lap on inters is ruined.
15:52 Sergio Perez almost crashes through Eau Rouge and Raidillon on the slick tyres, but the pair come into the pits.
15:51 And it is over.. The two Force Indias are the only cars to continue on slicks, with the other eight drivers putting on the intermediate tyres.
15:50 THE RAIN HAS ARRIVED AND THE RACE IS ON TO SET A LAP ON SLICKS!!! Don't you just love Belgium! As Valtteri Bottas slides off the track at Blanchemont.
15:42 VET RAI HAM BOT VER PER GRO RIC OCO MAG are the top ten through to the final shootout.
15:41 Eliminated from Q2: Gasly, Hartley, Leclerc, Ericsson, Hulkenberg.
15:40 Bottas does put a time in! He goes P4.
15:39 Brendon Hartley spins at Turn 1 before carrying on his way. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel puts in a 1:41.5 to go fastest by just 0.03s from his team-mate.
15:37 Marcus Ericsson gets out of his Sauber, and retires from the session. He currently sits in P13.
15:32 Hartley, Leclerc and Ericsson are the three men in the drop zone, alongside the pair of Bottas and Hulkenberg.
15:29 Raikkonen puts in a 1:41.6 to set the fastest time of the session, with both Hamilton and Vettel within five tenths of the Finn. It is also a new track record at Spa.
15:27 Only 13 cars are expected to be on track during Q2, with Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg not likely to run in the session. This is because the pair will start from the back row of the grid anyway, thanks to their engine penalties.
15:25 So both McLarens and both Williams are out of qualifying after the first 18 minutes, along with the soon-to-be-at-McLaren Carlos Sainz.
15:20 RAI BOT HAM VET VER GRO RIC LEC MAG ERI OCO PER HUL HAR GAS the top 15, and through to the second part of qualifying.
15:19 Eliminated in Q1: Sainz, Alonso, Sirotkin, Stroll, Vandoorne.
15:16 Grosjean and Magnussen move into P6 and P7, currently holding the 'best of the rest; slot.
15:16 Bottas goes P2, extending his record of 66 straight Q2 appearances.
15:11 Hamilton goes P2, while Ricciardo is now down in P12, with both Renault's, Haas', Force India's and the Sauber of Charles Leclerc ahead of the Aussie.
15:08 Max Verstappen moves into P3, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo now in P5 in the early running of Q1.
15:07 Vettel goes P2, half a second slower than Kimi.
15:05 Lewis Hamilton puts in a 1:43.5, before Kimi Raikkonen goes quickest with a 1:42.5.
14:54 On to the weather. Spa always seems to throw up some sort of tricky weather conditions but it looks like qualifying will be dry. But you never know...
14:50 After that, P6 is up for grabs on the grid... Will it be Sauber, Force India, Renault or Haas that take the 'best of the rest' spot for Sunday's race?
14:47 How close will the Red Bulls get to the top three, with Valtteri Bottas starting from the back no matter what? Max Verstappen said after FP2 that P5 and P6 was the best they could hope for in qualifying.
14:43 Looking forward to qualifying then, and can the Ferraris keep up their momentum? Can Vettel get the pole position he needs, as he currently sits 24 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the Championship standings.
14:41 The Red Bulls came next, with Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon rounding out the top ten in FP3. The two McLarens are still struggling this weekend, and were bottom of the pile this morning.
14:38 Kimi Raikkonen was P2 in the third and final practice session, with the Mercedes duo the only cars within a second of the German.
14:33 Sebastian Vettel was fastest in FP3, making it three out of three for Ferrari across the weekend.
14:30 Hello and welcome to our coverage of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. The first part of the session gets underway in 30 minutes time.
13:00 Chequered flag! And it's Ferrari who are still the team to beat as they complete a practice hat-trick ahead of qualifying. Join us again at 1500 local time to see how the battle for pole plays out.
12:58 The session is back underway with two minutes left. A huge queue at the pit lane and, in his eagerness to get going again, Gasly spins out on the pit lane exit. He does manage to recover the situation, though.
12:54 The stewards will review the incident after the session. If Bottas is penalised then it won't make a lot of difference. He is already starting from the back of the grid due to engine penalties.
12:52 And those yellows have turned to red flags while Vandoorne's car is recovered.
12:50 Yellows in sector 1 and 2 and it is more problems for Vandoorne and McLaren. He goes onto the grass at the Kemmel Straight after being pushed off the track (he claims) by Bottas. He avoids any huge impact with the barrier, but the rear does tag it a little.
12:43 Raikkonen shaves off 0.010 seconds from his personal best. But Vettel responds with the fastest lap of the session - a 1:42.661. 0.63 seconds separate the Ferrari duo.
12:40 Finally a clean lap for Vettel. He is just 0.033 seconds slower than Raikkonen, who improves himself to a 1:42.734, and climbs to P2. Improvement from Hamilton, too, he is just 0.064 seconds in P3.
12:38 Hulkenberg who started on a race sim run, has switched to a qualifying sim and rises to P12.
12:36 Not much in the way of movement on the leaderboard with plenty of race simulations being carried out. Both Force Indias are in the top 10; while McLaren's poor pace continues to be exposed with both cars propping up the rest.
12:30 Verstappen now goes P5, but is nine tenths down on Raikkonen and half a second behind Vettel in P4. Ricciardo reports understeer and traffic on his first attack, so is rooted to P6.
12:23 Ocon pops himself up to P5 as the newly named Racing Point Force India continue to show good pace amongst the midfield pack.
12:21 Bottas leapfrogs Vettel, while Hamilton gets to within a tenth of Raikkonen and climbs to P2. Raikkonen's quickest time was on the supersofts; Hamilton is on the soft compound.
12:16 Improvement from Vettel as he narrows the gap to Raikkonen to four tenths. Bottas slots into P3, half a second behind, after his first timed lap.
12:13 Hulkenberg is becoming a pain in the backside for Ferrari. He disrupted Vettel's first hot lap and has just done the same now to Kimi! The Renault driver is on a race sim programme and has no intention of stopping it.
12:09 Here is Vettel now for an opening blast on the supersofts. He is caught in traffic, which he doesn't particularly appreciate, and is 1.6 seconds down on team-mate Raikkonen who climbs to the top of the leaderboard.
12:07 Vandoorne squeezes ahead of Alonso by 0.039 seconds. Ricciardo and Verstappen have been out on track, but only for their install laps.
12:04 Alonso, with the benefit of a tow from team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, pops the first timed lap on the board - a 1:47.202 on the mediums. No sign of the frontrunners just yet.
12:00 Green lights! Not a particularly mad dash out of the garage, with some teams doing a spot of weather-watching. There are some big, dark clouds hovering above.
11:56 But there is the threat of rain today which could mix things up a little. For now, though, it's cloudy and chilly. FP3 just around the corner...
11:50 It seems to be another two-horse race between Mercedes and Ferrari this weekend. Red Bull already thinking P5 and P6 is the best they can do at this iconic power circuit.
11:40 It was Friday double for Ferrari - the first time that has happened this season - with Sebastian Vettel quickest in FP1 and Kimi Raikkonen following suit in FP2. Both they and Mercedes have upgraded Spec-3 engines in use this weekend.
11:30 Hello and welcome back to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix weekend. Next up is FP3 which begins in 30 minutes' time.
16:34 That is all from us this afternoon. Join us tomorrow morning for FP3 ahead of the all-important qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. Bye for now.
16:32 Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top six of the top three teams. Sergio Perez was best of the rest, while it was a bad session for McLaren, who finished the session in P16 and P20.
16:31 Kimi Raikkonen makes it the perfect Friday for Ferrari, topping FP2, after Sebastian Vettel was quickest in FP1 this morning.
16:26 It looks like it could be a wet qualifying tomorrow afternoon, which may not help the Ferrari's, and especially Sebastian Vettel, who struggled in Budapest in the wet.
16:22 Mercedes have the best average times on the (SS) tyres, which is the expected start tyre for the top ten, after qualifying tomorrow.
16:15 15 MINUTES TO GO: Gap between P1 RAI - P6 RIC - 0.9s Gap between P6 RIC - P7 PER - 0.5s Gap between P7 PER - P8 SAI - 0.7s Gap between P8 SAI - P20 VAN - 1.0s
16:12 Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen are now having a little on-track battle.
16:09 It has been a strong showing for Sauber so far on Friday, with both cars inside the top ten so far in FP2.
16:03 Lewis Hamilton locks up and runs wide at Turn 8 at the bottom of the hill.
15:54 All the teams are starting to look at race programmes now, so any trimming of lap times may be over for FP2.
15:48 News on Vandoorne's car: The McLaren mechanics have changed the floor on his car, and the Belgian will look to improve on that P20 slot in the rest of the session.
15:47 Not a good session for the two McLaren's so far in FP2, sitting P19 and P20. Neither car has gone out on the (SS) either, with Alonso (S) and Vandoorne (M) setting their fastest laps on slower tyres.
15:43 Both Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz have moved ahead of the Saubers, with the Spaniard now in that best of the rest slot, in P7.
15:38 Ericsson and Leclerc move Sauber into the best of the rest slots, and ahead of Daniel Ricciardo as well, into P6 and P7.
15:35 Bottas goes 0.4s behind Raikkonen, while Hamilton sits 0.1s behind the Ferrari.
15:32 Kimi Raikkonen goes quickest by over a second on the (SS) as the qualifying runs look like they are starting to take over.
15:31 Ocon moves into P8 to make it both Force Indias' as the best of the rest team.
15:27 So far, Force India are still best of the rest, with Sergio Perez currently in P7, seven tenths ahead of P8 man Marcus Ericsson.
15:24 Esteban Ocon is the only man not to have posted a time so far in the opening 25 minutes of FP2.
15:18 Lewis Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:44.3, on the (M) tyres, while Raikkonen's time was set on the (S) tyres.
15:13 Valtteri Bottas puts Mercedes' first lap of the session in, with a 1:44.9, half a second behind Raikkonen.
15:11 Fernando Alonso's first lap around Spa this weekend puts him into P10.
15:09 Kimi Raikkonen puts in a 1:44.4 to move 1.7s faster than his team-mate.
15:06 Sebastian Vettel goes quickest by 0.06 of a second.
15:05 A 1:46.1 from Ricciardo, putting him quickest early on.
15:01 Daniel Ricciardo is the first man out on track, looking to make up for the lost time from FP1.
14:59 As usual, there are three tyre compounds available: the supersoft (SS), soft (S) and medium (M).
14:55 FIVE MINUTE WARNING: Five minutes until the start of FP2. Go and make yourself a drink before the action starts at Spa!
14:52 The weather report for FP2: It is less than 18C in Belgium, but no rain is expected across the next 90 minutes of on-track action.
14:50 Esteban Ocon was the best of the rest, with Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz making it two Force Indias and two Renaults in the top ten in FP1.
14:44 Daniel Ricciardo could only manage four laps during the first practice session, with car troubles on his first outing for Red Bull since announcing he was leaving the team for 2019.
14:40 Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen led the way in FP1, with Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas rounding out the top five.
14:36 Fernando Alonso will be back in the McLaren for FP2, with Lando Norris having been in the car for the first session at Spa this morning.
14:33 News coming through in between practice sessions is that Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg will be starting the race from the back of the grid, with both drivers having a complete change of engine for the grand prix.
14:30 Hello and welcome to our commentary of FP2 for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-francorchamps. The session starts in 30 minutes time.
12:30 And there is the checkered flag, just as Ricciardo rises to P6 with only his second timed lap of the morning session. Vettel is the man on top heading into FP2, which begins at 1500 local time. Join us again then.
12:26 Scrap that! Here he is!
12:25 Ricciardo is in the car, but no immediate sign that he will be going out on track. Just five minutes remain now.
12:20 Vandoorne is done for this session. A hydraulic issue this time just to add to his brake woes earlier. He is down in P19.
12:15 Just one install lap for Ricciardo so far, but he's putting on his overalls again as the Red Bull team try to sneak him out for one quick dash.
12:12 Not much in the way of track action over the last 10 minutes. Drivers gearing up for a final 15-minute blast before the checkered flag.
12:03 Hello, Max Verstappen. He posts a session-best final sector to rise up to P2 and close to within one tenth of Vettel. He is also on the softs.
11:56 We have a new leader, it's Sebastian Vettel also on the soft tyres. He lowers the benchmark to 1:44.358. A second quicker than last year's quickest FP1 time.
11:53 The first spin of the morning belongs to Sirotkin at Turn 8. Only brief yellows in sector two so no major incident.
11:51 Raikkonen is back out on track with fresh softs and he narrows the gap to Hamilton to just 0.042 seconds.
11:46 The mid-session lull is over and two of the three stranded drivers are on track now. Vandoorne and Sirotkin are on the board, but it looks like session over for Ricciardo due to an engine issue.
11:40 How are the new Racing Point Force India team getting on? Well, Ocon is in sixth and Perez is P10 with both drivers setting their best times on the hardest medium tyres.
11:34 Hamilton dislodges Bottas now at the top with a 1:44.676. Three tenths the gap. Still waiting for timed laps from Vandoorne, Sirotkin and Ricciardo who are all still in the garage.
11:28 Bottas shoots up to top spot with a 1:44.998. Hamilton slots into P3, four tenths off his team-mate.
11:26 Bottas separates the Ferrari duo in P2. He is three tenths down on leader Raikkonen. Hamilton is on the softs to begin with...and aborts his first timed lap.
11:23 Now Raikkonen goes top with a 1:45.939. Bottas is on his first timed laps now on the, in theory, quicker supersoft tyres.
11:21 Brake problems for Vandoorne and he is told to box. Vettel slots into P3, seven tenths off Verstappen on the same soft tyres.
11:20 Raikkonen is quicker than Verstappen in the first two sectors but is a tenth behind by the time he crosses the finish line. The Ice Man is also reporting "some rain" in the air.
11:18 Confirmation from Mercedes that they have new-spec engines in both cars. Hamilton has a new engine, turbo and MGU-H. Bottas has a complete new unit and that means grid penalties. Customer teams also have the new engine.
11:15 Verstappen shaves around seven tenths off his first timed lap, just as a few spots of rain drop in the pit lane.
11:10 A first timed lap is on the board and it's from Max Verstappen - a 1:46.916. That is around 1.4 seconds slower than last year's fastest FP1 time.
11:06 Install laps are well underway at Spa, although Stoffel Vandoorne has come back into the garage with wisps of smoke coming out of his engine. Uh oh.
11:00 Here we go! We're officially back. Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas amongst the first to emerge from the garage.
10:58 One driver change ahead of FP1, with Lando Norris taking Fernando Alonso's place on a sunny Friday morning. Alonso will be back in the MCL33 this afternoon.
10:52 Racing Point Force India are owned by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll. The expectation is his son, Lance, will leave Williams and join the team after this weekend, sparking a flurry of in-season driver changes. Silly season is far from over, it seems...
10:49 Oh, and there is the small matter of a brand-new team competing in Formula 1. Force India are no more; welcome Racing Point Force India. As they are a new team, they will have to start on zero World Championship points. Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon get to keep theirs, though.
10:41 Both Mercedes and Ferrari are introducing their Spec-3 engines at Spa, but Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen could get grid penalties as they are already on the season limit with some power unit elements.
10:36 It's been a while, so a quick reminder that Lewis Hamilton has a 24-point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers' Championship. Mercedes and Ferrari are separated by 10 points in the Constructors'. Still wouldn't like to call it either way.
10:30 Formula 1 is back! Hello and welcome to the iconic Spa circuit - home of the Belgian Grand Prix. We start the race weekend off, as always, with FP1 which gets underway in 30 minutes. All times local.
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:49.749 1:26:50.253 2
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:49.806 11.061 2
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:48.380 31.372 2
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:46.981 68.605 3
5 Sergio Perez Force India 1:48.562 71.023 2
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:48.447 79.520 2
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:49.338 85.953 2
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:48.340 87.639 2
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:49.693 105.892 2
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:48.986 1 LAP 2
11 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:49.384 1 LAP 2
12 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:49.604 1 LAP 2
13 Lance Stroll Williams 1:50.068 1 LAP 2
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:49.123 1 LAP 2
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:49.179 1 LAP 3
R Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari RETIRED 36 LAPS 3
R Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull RETIRED 16 LAPS 2
R Charles Leclerc Sauber RETIRED 44 LAPS 0
R Fernando Alonso McLaren RETIRED 44 LAPS 0
R Nico Hulkenberg Renault RETIRED 44 LAPS 0
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:58.179 - 4
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:58.905 0.726 4
3 Esteban Ocon Force India 2:01.851 3.672 4
4 Sergio Perez Force India 2:01.894 3.715 5
5 Romain Grosjean Haas 2:02.122 3.943 6
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2:02.671 4.492 5
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull 2:02.769 4.590 4
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 2:02.939 4.760 5
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 2:04.933 6.754 6
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 3
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:41.501 - 3
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:41.533 0.032 3
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.553 0.052 3
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:42.191 0.690 2
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:42.554 1.053 2
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:43.014 1.513 3
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:43.042 1.541 4
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:43.126 1.625 3
9 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:43.302 1.801 3
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:43.320 1.819 4
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:43.844 2.343 4
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:43.865 2.364 4
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:44.062 2.561 4
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:44.301 2.800 3
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1
Driver Standings
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:42.585 - 1
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:42.805 0.220 1
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.977 0.392 1
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:43.035 0.450 1
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:43.199 0.614 1
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:43.597 1.012 2
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:43.604 1.019 2
8 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:43.654 1.069 2
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:43.834 1.249 2
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:43.846 1.261 2
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:44.003 1.418 1
12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:44.004 1.419 1
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:44.145 1.560 1
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:44.153 1.568 2
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:44.221 1.636 2
16 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:44.489 1.904 2
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:44.917 2.332 2
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:44.998 2.413 2
19 Lance Stroll Williams 1:45.134 2.549 2
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:45.307 2.722 2
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:42.661 - 4
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:42.724 0.063 4
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.798 0.137 3
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:43.464 0.803 4
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:44.048 1.387 3
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:44.479 1.818 5
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:44.963 2.302 3
8 Sergio Perez Force India 1:45.341 2.680 2
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:45.464 2.803 3
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:45.485 2.824 3
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:45.536 2.875 3
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:45.814 3.153 3
13 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:45.925 3.264 3
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:46.087 3.426 3
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:46.182 3.521 4
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:46.259 3.598 4
17 Lance Stroll Williams 1:46.502 3.841 3
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:46.630 3.969 2
19 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:46.942 4.281 3
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:47.061 4.400 2
Driver Standings
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:43.355 - 5
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:43.523 0.168 5
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:43.803 0.448 5
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:44.046 0.691 4
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.129 0.774 5
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:44.250 0.895 5
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:44.662 1.307 4
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:45.481 2.126 4
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:45.537 2.182 4
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:45.622 2.267 4
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:45.753 2.398 5
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:45.817 2.462 4
13 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:45.935 2.58 4
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:46.078 2.723 4
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:46.080 2.725 5
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:46.153 2.798 6
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:46.337 2.982 5
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:46.451 3.096 4
19 Lance Stroll Williams 1:46.470 3.115 4
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:46.496 3.141 4
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.358 - 4
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:44.509 0.151 4
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.676 0.318 4
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:44.718 0.36 4
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:44.724 0.366 4
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:45.558 1.2 2
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:45.786 1.428 4
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:45.951 1.593 4
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:46.169 1.811 4
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:46.210 1.852 3
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:46.300 1.942 6
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:46.387 2.029 4
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:46.554 2.196 5
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:46.557 2.199 4
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:46.932 2.574 4
16 Lance Stroll Williams 1:46.965 2.607 4
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:47.012 2.654 4
18 Lando Norris McLaren 1:47.364 3.006 6
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:47.367 3.009 6
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:47.452 3.094 5
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