Raikkonen fastest in practice at Spa

Mat Coch

Saturday 25th August, 2018 - 1:33am

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Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen topped a Formula 1 practice session for the first time since Bahrain after setting the fastest time in Practice 2 for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver bettered Lewis Hamilton, who had been the fastest runner before Raikkonen bolted on a set of soft compound tyres.

Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top three, the Finn set to take a grid penalty for an engine change that will leave him on the back row on Sunday afternoon.

He’ll be joined by Nico Hulkenberg at the back of the grid, the German ending Practice with the 11th fastest time.

Sebastian Vettel ended the afternoon’s session fifth, one spot behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and one ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian had sat out much of the day’s earlier running after his car suffered an engine issue.

Vettel was seventh tenths away from the ultimate pace after he caught traffic during his qualifying simulation, leaving him without a representative time.

The Ferrari driver had been fastest in the opening session over Verstappen with a lap only two tenths slower than he managed in FP2, while Raikkonen found 1.4 s.

Stoffel Vandoorne spent a long period in the garage after branding his car ‘undriveable’, ending the day slowest across both sessions.

McLaren test driver Lando Norris ended opening practice two places higher than Vandoorne, before handing the car back to Fernando Alonso for the second session.

Practice continues on Saturday with a final 60 minute hit out at 2000 AEST prior to qualifying at 2300.

Results: Free Practice 2, Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps

Pos Driver Chassis Laps Time
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 29 1:43.355
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 28 1:43.523
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 29 1:43.803
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 25 1:44.046
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 31 1:44.129
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 31 1:44.250
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point Force India Mercedes 27 1:44.662
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 29 1:45.481
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 24 1:45.537
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 25 1:45.622
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 28 1:45.753
12 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 29 1:45.817
13 Esteban Ocon Racing Point Force India Mercedes 24 1:45.935
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 29 1:46.078
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 33 1:46.080
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 28 1:46.153
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 35 1:46.337
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 35 1:46.451
19 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 34 1:46.470
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 25 1:46.496

Results: Free Practice 1, Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps

Pos Driver Team Laps Time
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 19 1:44.358
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Renault 20 1:44.509
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22 1:44.676
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 17 1:44.718
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 25 1:44.724
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 4 1:45.558
7 Esteban Ocon Racing Point Force India Mercedes 22 1:45.786
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 19 1:45.951
9 Sergio Perez Racing Point Force India Mercedes 21 1:46.169
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 19 1:46.210
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 25 1:46.300
12 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 20 1:46.387
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 20 1:46.554
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 19 1:46.557
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 23 1:46.932
16 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 25 1:46.965
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 21 1:47.012
18 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 26 1:47.364
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 23 1:47.367
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 13 1:47.452

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