CHARLES LECLERC survived a massive scare to progress through Q1, but neither Ferrari was so lucky in Q2 with both being eliminated.
Lewis Hamilton remains fastest and will look to continue in that vain in the final session.
Follow all the latest build-up ahead of the big race on Sunday below…
A CLASS OF ONE
Hamilton sets a new track record. Absolute stonking lap from the Brit, who is 0.578 seconds ahead of his teammate.
Ricciardo in third, Verstappen in fourth and Albon fifth.
ALL CARS OUT ON TRACK
Even Daniel Ricciardo's Renault, despite him reporting a braking problem in Q2.
Hamilton is on a flyer. His first crack could be enough.
Q3 IS GO
The top 10 shootout is on.
Expect to see plenty of teams using the slipstream.
Team orders will be key.
Q2 IS DONE AND FERRARI ARE OUT
Vettel will start in 14th and Leclerc in 13th.
Also eliminated are Russell, who will start 15th. and Gasly and Kvyat.
“There is not much more I can do”, says Leclerc, who was on pole in last at Spa.
THREE MINUTES TO GO
And the track is busy. George Russell is out in his Williams, having yet to set a lap time.
MERCEDES ON FORM…NOT EVEN ON THE QUICKEST TYRE
HAMILTON IN CONTROL
And easy run for the Brit, no mistakes, no lock ups, tyres in good shape.
He is fastest in Q2 and will be comfortably into the top 10.
Then Bottas then Verstappen.
Ferrari are on track and it is Vettel 13th and Leclerc in 14th.
Russell yet to set a time.
Q2 IS GO
Surely Ferrari won't make it into the top 10, can they?
ELIMINATED FROM Q1
Magnussen, Latifi, Giovinazzi, Grosjean and Raikkonen are all given early exits.
George Russell is through, the Williams man was quicker than Leclerc.
FERRARI ARE SAFE
That was close, though.
Leclerc is through into Q2 by the skin of his teeth.
ONE MINUTE TO GO
This is going to be exciting. Lots of cars on track trying to get a slipstream.
All eyes are on Ferrari.
FERRARI'S ROLL OF THE DICE
This is it, can they make it into the top 15? Vettel currently second-last.
VERSTAPPEN NOW BEST OF THE REST
The Red Bull man will be ok with that to reach Q2.
At the bottom it is Grosjean, Vettel, Raikkonen, Magnussen and Latifi.
Giovinazzi and Leclerc are currently safe.
Four minutes to go.
HAMILTON AND BOTTAS SET THE PACE
The Mercedes duo don't put in a clean laps but it is still enough to be A SECOND clear of Ricciardo in P3.
Incredible pace from the Silver Arrows. Untouchable.
QUALIFYING ENGINE MODES
A little aside from the action, this is the last time teams will be able to tune up their engines for one qualifying lap.
It will be outlawed from Monza, the race next weekend. We could set records broken at Spa.
THE LIGHT GOES GREEN
And it is the two Haas drivers who are out first.
There is a 40 percent chance of rain…but at Spa you simply never know.
For the time being, it is dry and cool.
LESS THAN 10 MINUTES TO GO UNTIL QUALIFYING
I have just been sent a message saying “which Ferrari-powered car will make Q2?”
That's sad but true.
The two Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Haas cars have all been shocking at Spa. Both Williams could make Q2.
WILL I NEVER
Meanwhile, Bernie Ecclestone is NOT the mysterious buyer of the Williams Formula One team – as questions are raised about the future of the family dynasty.
Williams said last week that the team had been sold to American private investment firm, Dorilton Capital.
The New York-based company paid £136million for complete control but on further investigation, the sale has been transferred to a company called BCE Limited, a fund managed by Dorilton Capital.
Little is known about BCE and the team's deputy team boss, Claire Williams refused to divulge any details – but she did rule out a sale to former F1 supremo, Ecclestone, who shares the same initials as the secretive owners.
She said: “I spoke to Mr. Ecclestone earlier in the week, and I did ask if it was him behind it. That's a joke, by the way, it's not. Bernie has nothing to do with our new ownership.
SAK TRAK AND CRACK
In other news, F1 have released details of a second race in Bahrain where records will be smashed – all under the night sky.
The Sakhir circuit will host two GPs later in the year with the second instalment on December 6, raced around the outer track and after sunset.
F1 predict that a lap for qualifying will take just 55 seconds, while in race trim the cars will still be lapping at under a minute a lap.
The 3.543km track has just 11 corners and is the second-shortest on the calendar behind Monaco.
However, the speeds will be considerably higher in Bahrain – averaging around 143mph per lap.
That in turn means the number of laps has been set at a dizzying 87 for the full race.
'TO THE LIMIT'
Valterri Bottas managed to keep his cool as his Mercedes nearly spiralled out of control.
Fans on Twitter have been ripping into Ferrari after that disastrous display.
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