Ricciardo second fastest in Belgian GP practice

Mat Coch


Saturday 29th August, 2020 - 1:18am


Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo ended the opening day’s running at the Belgian Grand Prix second fastest behind Max Verstappen.

The Australian was less than a half tenth off the outright pace in a session that saw the top three covered by 0.096s.

However, his day came to an early end after a hydraulics problem in the final moments of Free Practice 2 saw him park his Renault on the Kemmel Straight.

Third best was Lewis Hamilton, though a mistake at the Chicane suggests he’s time in hand over those ahead.

Alex Albon was fourth best in the second Red Bull from Sergio Perez in the lead Racing Point.

Less than a second covered the fastest 11 runners, Lance Stroll 0.934s off Verstappen’s session topping time.

Ferrari languished in 15th and 17th with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel respectively, while issues in Free Practice 1 carried over into the session for both Haas drivers.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen chalked up just a dozen laps each as they propped up the foot of the timing sheets.

Still, it was an improvement from earlier in the day when the team logged a combined three laps with engine problems impacting both cars.

Antonio Giovinazzi also suffered dramas and only managed two installation laps in the opening session, logging 29 laps in Practice 2.

The two Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton had topped the day’s first session, narrowly clear of Verstappen.

Perez and Stroll were next best for Racing Point, then Albon and Esteban Ocon.

Ricciardo finished the session with the ninth best time, 0.7s down on Bottas, meaning he found 1.5 seconds between the two sessions.

Like they did in the latter session, both Ferraris struggled as they found themselves just 14th (Leclerc) and 15th (Vettel) and more than a second off the pace.

With Alfa Romeo and Haas both using customer Ferrari engines, and also seemingly struggling, it paints a bleak picture for the Scuderia as the weekend progresses.

Long range forecasts had predicted rain on Saturday for qualifying, though the chances of that have diminished as the weekend approached.

However, a weather affected race on Sunday remains a possibility with a 50 percent chance of rain expected shortly after the scheduled race start, increasing into the evening.

A single 60 minute practice session on Saturday remains before qualifying gets underway at 23:00 AEST.

Result: Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, Free Practice 2

Pos Num Driver Team Time/Diff Laps
1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:43.744 21
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault +0.048s 12
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.096s 23
4 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda +0.390s 21
5 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes +0.393s 23
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.418s 27
7 4 Lando Norris Mclaren Renault +0.424s 22
8 31 Esteban Ocon Renault +0.464s 23
9 55 Carlos Sainz Mclaren Renault +0.730s 23
10 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda +0.856s 27
11 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes +0.934s 23
12 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda +1.082s 26
13 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari +1.117s 29
14 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari +1.152s 23
15 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1.696s 19
16 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes +1.719s 25
17 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +1.939s 21
18 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes +2.030s 26
19 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari +2.090s 12
20 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari +2.498s 12

Result: Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, Free Practice 1

Pos Num Driver Team Time/Diff Laps
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:44.493 18
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.069s 17
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda +0.081s 20
4 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes +0.136s 22
5 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes +0.375s 22
6 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda +0.556s 22
7 31 Esteban Ocon Renault +0.606s 20
8 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault +0.729s 24
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault +0.732s 21
10 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault +0.781s 28
11 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda +0.954s 25
12 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda +1.010s 17
13 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari +1.211s 19
14 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1.266s 18
15 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +1.686s 15
16 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes +1.995s 19
17 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes +2.077s 21
18 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1
19 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 2
20 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 2 comment policy reserves the right to deny any post that is abusive or offtopic. Users are encouraged to flag/report comments which should be removed.

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