Lewis Hamilton’s Belgian Grand Prix hopes hang in the balance after crash

Lewis Hamilton's hopes of taking part in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix hang in the balance after he suffered a high-speed crash in final practice.

Hamilton lost control of his Mercedes at the right-handed turn 12 before slamming into the barriers.

The five-time world champion suffered extensive damage to the front of his Mercedes.

The one-hour session was immediately red-flagged following Hamilton's accident.

"I am in the wall, guys," the British driver said over the radio. "I am sorry."

Hamilton, 34, emerged from his cockpit unscathed, but his mechanics now face a race against time to get his damaged car ready for qualifying.

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The damaged car of Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton is lifted unto a truck after he crashed into a wall during the third practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 31, 2019 ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton walks next to his damaged car on the circuit after crashing into a wall during the third practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 31, 2019 ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Track marshalls work to lift the damaged car of Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton unto a truck after he crashed into a wall during the third practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 31, 2019 ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
The damaged car of Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton is lifted unto a truck after he crashed into a wall during the third practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 31, 2019 ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (C) leaves his damaged car on the circuit after he crashed into a wall during the third practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 31, 2019 ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 31, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 31, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 31, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 31, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 31, 2019 The car of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is removed by stewards after a crash during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 31, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 31, 2019 Fans look on from a tree before practice REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 30, 2019 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 30, 2019 Red Bull's Alexander Albon during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 30, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 30, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 30, 2019 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 30, 2019 Mercedes' Executive Director Toto Wolff during practice REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 30, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 30, 2019 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 29, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon during a press conference ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 29, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix REUTERS/Johanna Geron
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The battle for pole position at Spa-Francorchamps takes place at 3pm local time.

Hamilton holds a commanding 62-point lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the championship, but he will be forced to start at the back of the grid for Sunday's race if he fails to post a time in qualifying.

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