Hamilton fastest in Belgian Grand Prix practice

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton emerged as the man to beat after topping practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at the famous Spa-Francorchamps Circuit.

The three-time world champion, equipped with an upgraded Mercedes power unit, clocked a 1:44.753s effort in Practice 2 before a rain shower doused the track with 25 minutes remaining.

Hamilton’s time, set using the ultra-soft tyres, proved 0.262s quicker than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who posted the fastest time in the opening 90 minute practice session.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was third fastest having briefly lit up the timing screens after becoming the first of the front runners to log a time on the ultra-soft rubber.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen edged Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo could only manage the sixth fastest time with the Australian 0.8s shy of his team-mate Verstappen.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix winner missed a large chunk of the session after he encountered an issue with his Red Bull in the early running.

Ricciardo, along with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, braved the wet conditions late in the session, before the intensity of the rain shower forced them back to the pits.

Nico Hulkenberg was the top Renault runner in seventh ahead of Force India’s Esteban Ocon.

The top 10 was completed by Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer.

Alonso, running an upgraded Honda engine, was 11th in front of the sister Force India of Sergio Perez.

Meanwhile, Perez was involved in an unusual incident with Haas F1’s Kevin Magnussen, who appeared to intentionally block the Mexican at Turn 9.

Only 19 cars took part in Practice 2 after Williams’ Felipe Massa suffered a heavy crash at Turn 7 (Malmedy) in first practice, which necessitated a chassis change.

Results: Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 17 1:44.753
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 21 1:45.015 0.262
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 17 1:45.180 0.427
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 16 1:45.225 0.472
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 20 1:45.235 0.482
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 15 1:46.072 1.319
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 24 1:46.441 1.688
8 Esteban Ocon Force India 19 1:46.473 1.720
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 19 1:46.561 1.808
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 23 1:46.670 1.917
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 20 1:46.743 1.990
12 Sergio Perez Force India 18 1:46.984 2.231
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 15 1:47.285 2.532
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 17 1:47.303 2.550
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 12 1:47.450 2.697
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 15 1:47.556 2.803
17 Lance Stroll Williams 13 1:47.861 3.108
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 12 1:49.214 4.461
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 18 1:49.725 4.972

Results: Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Laps Time Gap
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 13 1:45.502
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 19 1:45.555 0.053
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 13 1:45.647 0.145
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 18 1:46.302 0.800
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 22 1:46.352 0.850
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 20 1:46.424 0.922
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 22 1:47.446 1.944
8 Esteban Ocon Force India 27 1:47.670 2.168
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 20 1:47.851 2.349
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 18 1:47.865 2.363
11 Jolyon Palmer Renault 14 1:47.930 2.428
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 15 1:48.037 2.535
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren 18 1:48.252 2.750
14 Sergio Perez Force India 19 1:48.452 2.950
15 Lance Stroll Williams 24 1:48.541 3.039
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 20 1:48.615 3.113
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 20 1:48.626 3.124
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 21 1:50.160 4.658
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 13 1:51.263 5.761
20 Felipe Massa Williams 3

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