Verstappen leading second practice at Spa, before setting off a red flag with a late shunt – .

Verstappen leading second practice at Spa, before setting off a red flag with a late shunt – .

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen led the second practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, finishing 0.041 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes, who himself was only 0.031 seconds ahead of his teammate. Lewis Hamilton. But the session would end horribly for Verstappen, having leaned his Red Bull RB16B into the wall at Malmedy, prematurely calling the time on FP2.
During a dry FP2 session, the qualifying race at Verstappen saw the fastest lap of the weekend so far, as he recorded a time of 1m 44.472 – a time good enough to place him just ahead of Bottas, who had led the free practice. 1 this morning.

FP1: Bottas leads Verstappen in the first wet practice session of the Belgian GP at Spa

But with just a few minutes to go, Verstappen swiveled the car over to Malmedy and leaned it against the wall, raising a red flag as the session ended early – Red Bull now facing a tense wait for see how much damage has been done. made at RB16B.

Verstappen became the second driver to crash at the turn of the session, while Charles Leclerc finished 18th after also being cut at Malmedy with 20 minutes remaining, bringing out the first red flag of the session.

Away from that drama, and although Mercedes was slightly behind Verstappen on the timesheets, both drivers had their best laps on the medium tires, hinting that they may have used a lower power setting. for their qualification simulations on softwares.

Fresh out of Alpine’s first victory last time and having re-signed with the team for 2022, Fernando Alonso finished P4 of the session, 0.440s behind Verstappen’s time, with Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri just 0.012 s later, the Frenchman following his P3 for the morning session.

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Lance Stroll led a double top 10 appearance for Aston Martin in FP2 in P6, ahead of Hungarian winner Esteban Ocon (who overcame a savage spin out of Turn 13) and Sebastian Vettel’s second Aston, while Lando McLaren’s Norris took 9th place. Sergio Perez’s second Red Bull – who it was announced during the lunch break would stay with the squad for 2022.

Carlos Sainz was Ferrari’s top driver in P11 ahead of Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri, around eight tenths behind teammate Gasly.

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Alfa Romeo’s pair of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen were next in P13 and P14, Raikkonen keeping his nose clean this time around after a rambling FP1, as he finished ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren, a another driver not yet in the rhythm of their team. mate – Norris around 0.7 seconds faster than the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix winner, although Ricciardo was helped by Nikita Mazepin on his fastest lap.

Williams’ Nicholas Latifi finished ahead of teammate George Russell in P16 and P17, Mazepin winning the team battle at Haas against Mick Schumacher, as they completed the order in 19th and 20th behind Leclerc.

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So Verstappen may have beaten the Mercedes on paper in FP2. But he will feel far from happy on Friday night, after a potentially very expensive rotation ahead of Saturday and Sunday’s action. Join us tomorrow on for final practice and qualifying coverage.


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