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Leclerc leads Ferrari one-two in Friday practice

Daniel Herrero

Saturday 31st August, 2019 - 12:55am

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The Ferraris set the pace on Friday at the Belgian Grand Prix with Charles Leclerc heading team-mate Sebastian Vettel on the day overall.

Vettel had topped Practice 1 and while the Mercedes ran on a different program in the earlier of the two 90-minute sessions, the Scuderia maintained a handy margin over the field in Practice 2.

In the end it was Leclerc with a 1:44.123s which was the benchmark, while Vettel’s personal best remained the 1:44.574s with which he topped the timesheet in the first session at a sunny Spa-Francorchamps.

The latter was nevertheless second quickest in Practice 2, 0.630s slower than Leclerc, with Valtteri Bottas 0.846s away and Lewis Hamilton another 0.046s slower again in the second of the Mercedes.

Leclerc had held top spot after the initial medium tyre runs in Practice 2 with a 1:45.377s which saw him 0.017s clear of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen when the session went into a lull around the half-hour mark.

Vettel got down to a 1:44.753s when he bolted on a set of soft compound tyres, which is the C3 compound this weekend, before Sergio Perez momentarily took up second position in his Mercedes-powered Racing Point entry.

He was quickly usurped by his factory counterparts when Bottas went to second and Hamilton third, only for them to be shuffled back by what would be the best time of the day, when Leclerc set the fastest first and third sectors in the 41st minute.

Perez remained fifth fastest thereafter, although his session ended on a sour note when he had to pull off with smoke coming from his car in the final four minutes, bringing about a slightly early conclusion to proceedings.

Verstappen’s best effort was his very first, although the 1:45.394s which left him sixth was set on medium compound tyres.

The Dutchman did subsequently run on soft tyres but could not piece a clean lap together with them.

Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), Lance Stroll (Racing Point), Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), and Alexander Albon (Red Bull) rounded out the top 10 in Practice 2.

Ricciardo was 1.612s off the pace in Practice 2 and 1.852s back in eighth position in Practice 1.

The Australian faces a grid penalty due to taking a new-specification internal combustion engine this weekend, although it should be noted that the penalty is only five positions having already copped his first for such a change last time out in Hungary, which incurred 10 spots.

In Practice 1, Vettel was 0.214s faster than Leclerc, with Verstappen third and Albon fourth courtesy of a faster lap than his best in Practice 2.

The Mercedes were each around 1.3s adrift although Bottas and Hamilton were the only drivers who spent the duration of the session on medium compound tyres.

Hamilton’s running was also interrupted by a throttle sensor issue and a loss of telemetry.

Practice 3 starts on Saturday at 2000 AEST, followed by Qualifying at 2300 AEST.

Results: Practice 1

Pos Num Driver Car Time Gap
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.574
2 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:44.788 +0.214
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:45.507 +0.933
4 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 1:45.584 +1.010
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:45.882 +1.308
6 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:45.973 +1.399
7 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:46.198 +1.624
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:46.426 +1.852
9 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:46.433 +1.859
10 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:46.557 +1.983
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:46.669 +2.095
12 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:46.670 +2.096
13 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:47.024 +2.450
14 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:47.176 +2.602
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:47.333 +2.759
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:47.488 +2.914
17 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:47.636 +3.062
18 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:47.968 +3.394
19 40 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:48.784 +4.210
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:48.966 +4.392

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Driver Car Time Gap
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:44.123  
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.753 +0.630
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:44.969 +0.846
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:45.015 +0.892
5 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:45.117 +0.994
6 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:45.394 +1.271
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:45.708 +1.585
8 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:45.732 +1.609
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:45.735 +1.612
10 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 1:45.771 +1.648
11 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:45.999 +1.876
12 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:46.120 +1.997
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:46.209 +2.086
14 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:46.214 +2.091
15 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:46.258 +2.135
16 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:46.328 +2.205
17 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:46.374 +2.251
18 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:46.399 +2.276
19 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:47.887 +3.764
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:48.331 +4.208

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