Spa, FP2: Leclerc tops free practice 2 in Belgium

Vettel 2nd, Bottas 3rd


By Olivier Ferret

30 August 2019 - 16:33
Spa, FP2: Leclerc tops free practice 2

Charles Leclerc topped the timesheet in the second free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix, eclipsing Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel by more than six tenths of a second and running more than eight tenths quicker than the third placed Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

After being edged out of P1 by Vettel in the morning session Leclerc quickly moved to the top of the order in the afternoon, going quickest in the early phases run on medium-tyres.

Vettel was the first to move to soft tyres and attempt a performance run and while the German’s time of 1:44.753 briefly gave him P1, Leclerc soon bypassed that benchmark with an impressive lap of 1:44.123 that put him 0.630 clear of his team-mate.

Vettel went for another attempt but a flawed first sector put paid to his chance of overhauling his younger team-mate.

Bottas got closest to the pacesetting Ferraris and the Finn’s best time of 1:44.969 saw him finish a little over two tenths of a second behind Vettel, but 0.846s off Leclerc. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton ended up in fourth sport a little under five hundredths of a second behind his team-mate.

Sergio Pérez looked like continuing Racing Point’s positive start to the weekend as he rose from P9 in the morning session to P5 in the second session, posting a good time of 1:45.117 to finish as the last man within a second of Leclerc. However, after 25 laps of the circuit in total Pérez’s session ended in smokey fashion as he suffered what looked like a power unit issue.

Sixth place went to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. After finishing third in the morning, the Dutchman was strangely off the pace in the second session and ended up 1.271s behind Leclerc as he complained of power delivery issues.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Räikkönen took seventh place with a time of 1:45.708, though the Finn was just over two hundredths of a second quicker than Lance Stroll in the second Racing Point.

Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth for Renault and 10thplace in the session went to new Red Bull Racing recruit Alex Albon who finished 1.648 off Leclerc’s pace and four tenths adrift of Red Bull team-mate Verstappen.

01 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF90 1:44.123 28
02 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari SF90 1:44.753 30
03 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W10 1:44.969 28
04 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W10 1:45.015 26
05 Sergio Pérez Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:45.117 25
06 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB15 1:45.394 20
07 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:45.708 25
08 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:45.732 21
09 Daniel Ricciardo Renault RS19 1:45.735 26
10 Alex Albon Red Bull Honda RB15 1:45.771 21
11 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault MCL34 1:45.999 28
12 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:46.120 21
13 Nico Hülkenberg Renault RS19 1:46.209 26
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:46.214 24
15 Lando Norris McLaren Renault MCL34 1:46.258 29
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:46.328 24
17 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:46.374 28
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:46.399 21
19 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW42 1:47.887 30
20 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes FW42 1:48.331 32

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