Belgian GP: Max Verstappen dominates Practice Two for Red Bull as Mercedes struggle at Spa


Max Verstappen quickest for Red Bull in second observe at Spa; Charles Leclerc second for Ferrari as Mercedes struggle in cool and damp circumstances; watch Belgian GP qualifying dwell at 3pm on Saturday, with construct up from 2pm

Last Updated: 26/08/22 6:26pm

David Croft and Anthony Davidson take us through the challenging conditions at Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix

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David Croft and Anthony Davidson take us via the difficult circumstances at Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix

David Croft and Anthony Davidson take us via the difficult circumstances at Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix

World championship chief Max Verstappen dominated Practice Two at the Belgian Grand Prix as Red Bull rotated Ferrari’s opening-session benefit at Spa.

Charles Leclerc, Verstappen’s nearest title challenger, was nearly a second off the tempo for Ferrari, whereas McLaren’s Lando Norris and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll impressed with third and fourth, respectively.

Carlos Sainz, who had set the tempo for Ferrari earlier on Friday as the game resumed after its three-week summer time break, might solely handle fifth, whereas Lewis Hamilton was sixth as Mercedes struggled, with team-mate George Russell in eighth behind Fernando Alonso.

Verstappen, Leclerc and Norris – together with three extra vehicles – are set to start out from the rear of the grid after receiving penalties for taking new engine elements, organising an intriguing mixed-up grid for Sunday’s race.

Mick Schumacher, Alex Albon and Esteban Ocon struggle in the wet conditions during P2 of the Belgian GP

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Mick Schumacher, Alex Albon and Esteban Ocon struggle within the moist circumstances throughout P2 of the Belgian GP

Mick Schumacher, Alex Albon and Esteban Ocon struggle within the moist circumstances throughout P2 of the Belgian GP

As had been the case in Practice One, the session’s dry operating was minimize brief as showers interrupted the ultimate quarter, however the restricted lap time obtainable instructed Red Bull are a step in entrance of their rivals forward of Saturday’s qualifying.

Ferrari and Mercedes will hope the forecast for hotter and drier circumstances over the weekend will allow them to shut the obvious benefit that Verstappen displayed on Friday afternoon.

Belgian GP Practice Two Timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:45.507
2) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.862
3) Lando Norris McLaren +1.082
4) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +1.128
5) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +1.142
6) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.386
7) Fernando Alonso Alpine +1.468
8) George Russell Mercedes +1.535
9) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +1.748
10) Sergio Perez Red Bull +1.839
11) Alex Albon Williams +2.013
12) Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +2.110
13) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +2.151
14) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +2.275
15) Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +2.360
16) Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +2.437
17) Esteban Ocon Alpine +2.701
18) Kevin Magnussen Haas +2.912
19) Nicholas Latifi Williams +3.105
20) Mick Schumacher Haas +4.434

Verstappen unleashes imposing tempo

As he had achieved in Practice One, Verstappen took little time to search out his rhythm within the cool and damp circumstances within the east of Belgium, going straight to the highest of the timesheet

The Dutchman, who holds an 80-point world championship lead going into the ultimate 9 races of the season, was momentarily displaced by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, however this time had a response.

Martin Brundle takes us through the challenging Eau Rouge at the Belgian Grand Prix

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Martin Brundle takes us via the difficult Eau Rouge at the Belgian Grand Prix

Martin Brundle takes us via the difficult Eau Rouge at the Belgian Grand Prix

Verstappen rapidly re-established his benefit over Sainz, earlier than later setting a 1:45.50, that may finally depart him 0.8s away from Leclerc.

“We just looked at how we set up the car in the best possible way,” Verstappen stated.

“As soon as we went out the car was working pretty well. After basically the first run I was happy with the car.”

Max Verstappen was happy with his Red Bull during Friday practice and will try to fight his way from the back after picking up penalties for the race

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Max Verstappen was completely satisfied together with his Red Bull throughout Friday observe and can attempt to battle his method from the again after choosing up penalties for the race

Max Verstappen was completely satisfied together with his Red Bull throughout Friday observe and can attempt to battle his method from the again after choosing up penalties for the race

Shortly after that rain was within the air, earlier than showers started to all with about quarter-hour remaining of the session.

A couple of nervous moments adopted, most notably for Mick Schumacher as he ran his Haas into the gravel lure at Turn 7, earlier than the sector tuned down their aggression as the showers grew heavier.

Sergio Perez continued his current struggles as he completed tenth after being hampered by DRS and hydraulic points, however the Mexican will hope to shut the close to two-second hole to his Red Bull team-mate on Saturday.

Hamilton: Merc a great distance off

Having seen Russell take a primary pole place of the season for Mercedes in Hungary at the ultimate race earlier than the summer time break, the Silver Arrows had arrived in Belgium in buoyant temper, with hopes of including a primary race victory of the season.

In addition, there was hypothesis that the introduction on more durable controls on the flexing of flooring might impression the velocity of Red Bull and Ferrari, due to this fact aiding Mercedes’ possibilities of competing for wins within the ultimate 9 races.

However, it was finally a extremely acquainted Friday feeling for Mercedes, with Hamilton and Russell properly off the main tempo in each classes.

Lewis Hamilton reacts to his first and second practice performances at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton reacts to his first and second observe performances at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton reacts to his first and second observe performances at the Belgian Grand Prix.

“We’re just not very quick,” Hamilton stated. “I don’t know why.

“We’re going out and giving it every little thing we have got. It may very well be tyres, it may very well be tyre temps, it may very well be wing stage, it may very well be a large number of issues.

“It doesn’t feel disastrous out there, it’s just we’re a long way off.”

The solely trigger for hope at Mercedes is the actual fact they’ve typically been considerably behind their rivals on Friday, earlier than with the ability to make time up all through the weekend.

Hamilton stated: “We often find this on the Friday and then things change a little bit more on the Saturday, so I hope that’s the case.

“It does not really feel the identical as it did at the final monitor in qualifying type of time, however Friday and Saturday morning it feels type of just like that, so that offers me hope that we will flip it spherical.”

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