Ferrari remained on top in F1 Belgian GP FP2 session with Charles Leclerc heading teammate Sebastian Vettel and the Mercedes drivers.
Unlike FP1, it was Leclerc in FP2 of F1 Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps to top the session with a 1m44.123s lap time ahead of Ferrari teammate Vettel (1m44.753s) and the two Mercedes drivers.
It was Valtteri Bottas (1m44.969s) in third with Lewis Hamilton (1m45.015s) fourth as Racing Point’s Sergio Perez (1m45.117s) slotted in fifth as the leader of the best of the rest. The Mexican caused a red flag.
His engine shut off as the rear caught fire, with the marshals rushing to douse the flames, but they couldn’t touch the car for several minutes, which forced the race director to end the session early.
Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen (1m45.394s) was sixth after complaining of niggles in the car with Alfa Romeo Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen (1m45.708s) in seventh from the other Racing Point of Lance Stroll (1m45.732s).
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo (1m45.735s) was ninth with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon (1m45.771s) in 10th – although the Thai was not chasing laptimes. McLaren’s Carlos Sainz (1m45.999s) found himself outside Top 10.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean (1m46.120s) was 12th with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg (1m46.209s) in 13th, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat (1m46.214s) and McLaren’s Lando Norris (1m46.258s) in the Top 15.
Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi (1m46.328s) finished 16th with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly (1m46.374s) only 17th ahead of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen (1m46.399s) and Williams’ George Russell (1m47.887s) and Robert Kubica (1m48.331s).