Raikkonen fastest, Ferrari takes 1-2 in Belgian GP FP3

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Kimi Raikkonen led Ferrari to a one-two finish in the final Formula 1 practice session ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, leaving title rival Mercedes on the back foot heading into qualifying later today.

Raikkonen led opening practice on Friday morning before slipping to second in FP2, with Lewis Hamilton laying down an ominous pace for Mercedes at the top of the timesheets.

Raikkonen managed to overturn the deficit on Saturday in impressive fashion, turning in the fastest ever lap of Spa’s current F1 layout with a time of 1:43.916.

The Finn finished 0.197 seconds clear of Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, leaving Hamilton to settle for third place, 0.001 seconds further back.

Max Verstappen ended the session fourth for Red Bull, 1.1 seconds behind Raikkonen, with Valtteri Bottas fifth for Mercedes ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

Jolyon Palmer was a surprise name to feature high up the timesheets in FP3, taking seventh for Renault. Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr. were P8 and P9 respectively, with Fernando Alonso completing the top 10.

Qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix is live on CNBC from 8am ET on Saturday.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.