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F1 2016: Belgium Gp Free Practice 2 Report – Verstappen Quickest

Max Verstappen - Baku Qualifying

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen set the quickest time in the second free practice session for the Belgian grand prix.

The second free practice session ran in pristine sunshine during which Dutch driver Verstappen set a quickest time of 1:48:085 ahead of his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg set the third fastest time ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and the sister Force India of Sergio Perez.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton ended the session sixth and thirteenth quickest on the timing sheets. Neither Mercedes driver ran the quickest supersoft tyre. The number 7 Ferrari of Raikkonen was seventh quickest without a clear run on the red-walled supersoft tyre while Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean was eighth overall. McLaren’s Jenson Button and Esteban Gutierrez in the Haas rounded out the top ten. The Williams duo endured a tough session as Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa ended 16th and 17th overall.

The long runs revealed a comparable pace on the yellow-walled soft tyre between the two Red Bull teammates with Vettel a few tenths adrift in the Ferrari. Hamilton, who will start the race from the back of the grid due to penalties, ran a long stint on the medium compound tyres which consistently hovered in the mid 1:55 bracket.

Final Standings Free Practice 2:

Pos. Driver Team Best Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:48.085 27
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:48.341 +0.256 27
3 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:48.657 +0.572 30
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:49.023 +0.938 27
5 Sergio Perez Force India 1:49.100 +1.015 27
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:49.161 +1.076 33
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:49.244 +1.159 30
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:49.419 +1.334 20
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1:49.419 +1.334 23
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:49.648 +1.563 23
11 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:49.716 +1.631 31
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:49.772 +1.687 30
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:49.782 +1.697 33
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:49.916 +1.831 25
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:50.083 +1.998 27
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:50.151 +2.066 19
17 Felipe Massa Williams 1:50.157 +2.072 29
18 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:50.194 +2.109 25
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:50.375 +2.290 34
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:50.562 +2.477 32
21 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:50.659 +2.574 25
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:50.719 +2.634 24

About Natalie Le Clue

Natalie Le Clue is an F1 aficionado of the most dedicated vein. And, true to form for any F1-enamoured junkie, she readily admits to crying the first time she saw a F1 car, calling it an ‘overwhelming moment’. Natalie has won the 2010 gSport Woman In Media award, the 2015 Woman In Media Print award, and has been named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in South African Sport by the Department of Sport and Recreation. Natalie is currently serving as SAfm's F1 correspondent. Follow Natalie on Twitter @nlc27

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2017 Spanish GP Broadcast Times

CDTBSTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Thursday 03:00Thursday 09:00Thursday 10:00Thursday 10:00
Free Practice 2Thursday 07:00Thursday 13:00Thursday 14:00Thursday 14:00
Free Practice 3Saturday 04:00Saturday 10:00Saturday 11:00Saturday 11:00
QualifyingSaturday 07:00Saturday 13:00Saturday 14:00Saturday 14:00
RaceSunday 07:00Sunday 13:00Sunday 14:00Sunday 14:00

2017 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel104
2 Lewis Hamilton98
3 Valtteri Bottas63
4 Kimi Raikkonen49
5 Daniel Ricciardo37
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