f1 belgian gp: sergio perez tops final practice as charles leclerc brushes the barrier

Sergio Perez found his form in final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix by topping the timesheets ahead of Red Bull F1 teammate Max Verstappen, while Charles Leclerc brushed the barriers late on.

After struggling for pace during Friday practice, Perez appeared to be back on form in the RB18 at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The Mexican trailed Verstappen by 0.4s after the initial soft tyre runs prior to the brief red flag period caused by Leclerc’s spin.

Leclerc lost control of his Ferrari at the high-speed Fagnes corner but managed to keep it out of the barriers, only brushing them.

He escaped the gravel trap and returned to the pit lane with only minor damage.

Once the session got back underway, there was just enough time for a handful of runs.

Verstappen stormed to the top but he was soon eclipsed by Perez, by just a tenth.

With the Dutchman set to start from the back of the grid due to engine penalties, it’s the perfect opportunity for Perez to get a win on the board, particularly with Red Bull showing better pace than Ferrari so far this weekend.

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