Ferrari continued its form in the 2018 Formula 1 season’s Belgian Grand Prix as Kimi Raikkonen topped the second practice session at Spa-Francorchamps.
Raikkonen posted a time of 1m43.355s to finish ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (1m43.523s) by 0.168s as the British driver couldn’t better on the Finn’s time on his best lap. Teammate Valtteri Bottas (1m43.803s) was third in the order.
Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen (1m44.046s) was fourth with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (1m44.129s) in fifth after the German made a mistake on his quick lap. The Top 6 was rounded out by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo (1m44.250s).
As in FP1, the best of the rest was again a Racing Point Force India driver with Sergio Perez (1m44.662s) ending up seventh this time from Renault’s Carlos Sainz (1m45.481s). The Saubers did well in the second session as both made it into the Top 10.
Marcus Ericsson (1m45.537s) finished ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc (1m45.622s) with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg (1m45.753s) in 11th from Haas’ Romain Grosjean (1m45.817s). The second Force India of Esteban Ocon (1m45.935s) was 13th.
Haas’ Kevin Magnussen (1m46.078s) was next up in 14th as the American outfit struggled slightly to show their 2018 pace. The first of Toro Rosso and McLaren were next up with Pierre Gasly (1m46.080s) in 15th and Fernando Alonso (1m46.153s) in 16th.
Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley (1m46.337s) finished 17th from Williams’ Sergey Sirtokin (1m46.451s), Lance Stroll (1m46.470s) as McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne (1m46.496s) rounded out the 20 finishers as the Belgian had yet another disastrous session in an ‘undriveable car’ as per him.