Max Verstappen continued his impressive form in the final practice session ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, setting the fastest time of the weekend so far with a 1m28.485s lap. His Red Bull teammate, Sergio Perez, was the closest challenger but still over half a second adrift. The session got off to a slow start, with only one car on track for the first 10 minutes, but soon picked up as the McLarens and Alpines appeared. Verstappen initially set his time on the hard compound tyre, before switching to the softs to extend his lead over the rest of the field.
The Mercedes duo of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton emerged later in the session and, for a brief moment, Russell held the fastest time with a lap of 1m30.476s, but was soon eclipsed by Verstappen and Perez. Pierre Gasly also briefly occupied top spot, but was unable to match the pace of the Red Bull drivers. Verstappen‘s closest challenger was Perez, who set a time of 1m29.417s on the soft tyre, over three-tenths quicker than Gasly.
In the latter stages of the session, Verstappen went even quicker, posting a time of 1m28.485s to go over half a second clear of Perez. Fernando Alonso briefly went third fastest, but was soon overtaken by Lance Stroll and Hamilton. Ferrari struggled throughout most of the session but Charles Leclerc managed to set the sixth-fastest time late on. The session ended with Yuki Tsunoda as the slowest driver, having used only the medium compound tyre, and receiving a black-and-white flag for failing to follow race director’s instructions.