Lewis Hamilton suffers heavy crash in final practice ahead of Belgian Grand Prix qualifying as Mercedes face race to get car fixed for 2pm start
- Lewis Hamilton ended his final practice session in the barriers on Saturday
- The 34-year-old’s car snapped out of control as he braked for turn 12
- The Mercedes sustained heavy damage, including a wrecked front suspension
- A team spokesman said it should be repaired for qualifying in the afternoon
Lewis Hamilton suffered a heavy crash in final practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday, putting his participation in qualifying into question.
Hamilton, who leads Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas by 62 points in the overall standings, ended his session in the barriers.
The 34-year-old’s car snapped out of control under braking for turn 12 and ploughed into the tyre wall.
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Lewis Hamilton walks away from his car after crashing during Saturday’s final practice session
Hamilton’s car sustained heavy damage, including a wrecked front suspension.
But a Mercedes spokesman said the team should be able to get the car repaired in time for qualifying.
He said: ‘We will be replacing both front corners (suspension and wheel assemblies), nose, barge boards and floor.
‘Barring unexpected nasty surprises, we believe we can complete all of the work in time for the start of qualifying.’