2014 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice

11:03
We will be back for qualifying at 2pm local time (GMT +2)
11:02
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11:02
Bottas stays fastest, ahead of Ricciardo and Rosberg
11:02
All cars have now filtered through, with no changes at the front
11:01
He is now being wheeled back to his garage
11:01
Raikkonen fails to leave the pits in time for a practice start
11:00
Plenty more drivers setting personal best sector times
11:00
Ricciardo pops up to second as the chequered flag comes out
10:59
Alonso can only go fifth, despite an overall best time through the first sector
10:58
Rosberg goes second, 0.274s adrift of Bottas
10:58
Bottas returns to the top of the times on 1:49.465
10:57
Hamilton equals Raikkonen's time and stays second
10:57
He just about manages to keep his car under control
10:56
A big moment for Maldonado through Eau Rouge
10:56
Massa has gone fifth, with Magnussen and Sutil also making sizeable gains
10:56
Button moves up to fourth in the McLaren
10:55
But part of that will be down to the improving track conditions
10:55
He found more than two seconds between compounds
10:55
Raikkonen, on the softer rubber, takes P1 with a 1:49.817
10:53
Raikkonen is one of the first to do so
10:53
Plenty of drivers now heading out on the Soft tyre
10:52
Button has joined Magnussen in the top 10
10:52
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Hamilton then edges his team-mate by one thousandth of a second
10:50
Rosberg storms clear with a time of 1:50.023
10:50
Ricciardo goes third after taking the advice onboard
10:49
Even so, he is faster than his team-mate at the moment, with a superior middle sector
10:49
Ricciardo told that he is losing time to Vettel in the first and final sectors
10:48
Magnussen breaks into the top 10 for McLaren
10:47
That's three tenths up on previous pace-setter Bottas
10:47
Alonso goes fastest with a 1:51.218
10:45
Rosberg goes second, just over a tenth down on Bottas
10:45
Hamilton now up to third, with Ricciardo slotting into fourth
10:44
Raikkonen is second, from Massa, Kvyat and Vettel
10:43
Bottas currently leads on 1:51.583
10:41
A flurry of slick tyre times on the way...
10:39
All of a sudden, the track is extremely busy, with most on the Medium rubber
10:38
Gutierrez has improved to 1:56.151, the first to dip under the two minute barrier
10:36
More drivers getting ready to head back out
10:35
Bianchi has joined Gutierrez on track
10:34
The Mexican goes fastest with 2:00.242
10:32
Gutierrez stays out and begins a flying lap
10:30
The other drivers will be watching on to see how he copes
10:30
He's on slicks, more specifically the Medium compound
10:30
Gutierrez breaks the silence in his Sauber
10:28
Still just three times on the board as we approach the halfway mark
10:27
10:20
Plenty of work going on at Ferrari, with wings being changed
10:21
The track falls silent as Chilton returns to the pits
10:18
Lots of drivers waiting patiently in the pits as the circuit gradually dries
10:15
Chilton has multiple lock-ups under braking for Les Combes, but makes the corner
10:15
Bianchi takes over at the front with a 2:01.823
10:14
The German then runs wide at Turn 1 on his next lap
10:14
Newcomer Lotterer posts the first time of the session, lapping in 2:07.529
10:13
The crossover will be crucial if conditions are similar in qualifying
10:12
Vettel has been describing the track conditions over the radio
10:11
10:10
Alonso takes to the track on Intermediates
10:10
The last thing a team wants to see is a car getting damaged before qualifying
10:08
Most drivers are mirroring Button by crawling around the circuit
10:07
10:06
Just Alonso and Vergne yet to leave the pits
10:06
But he admits grid drops are "inevitable" over the second half of the season
10:05
He has switched back to an older unit, thus avoiding a penalty
10:05
He completed just 11 laps on Friday, due to a power unit issue
10:05
Vettel heads out for the first time today
10:04
He brings his car back to the pits safely, as has everyone else so far
10:04
Button says he is "taking it easy" on his first lap to avoid a trip to the barriers
10:03
We should see slicks as the session develops
10:02
A dry line is emerging around the circuit
10:02
The Williams drivers are on Full Wets, but the rest are on Intermediates
10:01
Plenty more cars heading out for early laps
10:01
He had to take a trip to the circuit's medical centre, but was cleared of injury
10:00
Maldonado will be looking to make up for lost time after his FP2 accident
10:00
He is quickly followed by Bottas and Maldonado
10:00
Bianchi is the first driver out in his Marussia
10:00
The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane and FP3 begins!
09:57
Those cool readings will slow down the track drying process
09:57
For reference, air and track temperatures are sitting at 12°C and 16°C
09:55
That would have given drivers a headache when looking to balance a wet/dry set-up
09:54
While it has been raining today, the race is expected to take place in dry conditions
09:52
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The first comes along the Kemmel straight, with the second on the main straight
12:51
In terms of DRS, there are two zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
10:02
Although, as we just mentioned, we should see the wet weather compounds today
09:50
As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Soft and Medium tyres to Spa-Francorchamps
09:50
Hamilton pulled out a sizeable six tenth advantage in the afternoon session, although team-mate Rosberg made a mistake on his best lap
09:49
During Friday practice, Mercedes led the way once again
09:48
It's beginning to dry up, but the track is likely to be damp for the start of FP3
09:48
We've had heavy rain overnight, with a wet GP3 qualifying earlier this morning
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Hello and welcome to live text coverage of final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix!