Raikkonen leads Hamilton in Spa FP2

Belgian Grand Prix – Kimi Raikkonen was fastest for Ferrari in FP2 at Spa ahead of Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton was the early pacesetter on a 1:44.369, despite using the medium compound tyre while most of his rivals were using the softs, going 0.031 seconds quicker than Raikkonen.

After topping FP1 Sebastian Vettel, who held the top spot before Raikkonen and the two Mercedes hit the track, was the only other front runner to use the medium, but was 0.657 seconds off Hamilton in fourth behind Valtteri Bottas.

Daniel Ricciardo was the first of the leaders to go onto the circuit but was bested by his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen by 0.2 seconds on the soft tyre after the Dutchman ran off the circuit at Pouhon during his first lap.

Raikkonen was the first to put in a qualifying simulation on the supersoft tyre and immediately set the eventual session-topping time of 1:43.355 to lower the benchmark by a second.

Hamilton went 0.168 seconds off the Ferrari to finish in the runner up spot, but 0.3 seconds clear of team-mate Bottas, who will start the race from the back of the grid after taking a new power unit.

Vettel slipped to fifth behind Verstappen having abandoned his first lap after a moment at Stavelot, then locking up heavily into La Source on his second lap to end up 0.774 seconds off Raikkonen.

After only being able to set one lap time during FP1 due to an engine injector issue, Ricciardo went sixth quickest.

Sergio Perez gave the new Racing Point Force India team the best of the rest spot in seventh, 0.8 seconds clear of Renault’s Carlos Sainz in eighth.

Both Saubers made an appearance in the with Marcus Ericsson leading rookie Charles Leclerc in ninth.

Nico Hulkenberg, who will also start from the rear of the field for taking exceeding the number of allocated power unit elements, was 11th ahead of the lead Haas of Romain Grosjean.

Fernando Alonso got his first laps of the day in having handed his car to Carlin Formula 2 racer Lando Norris. He was 16th quickest.

Team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne continued to struggle in the McLaren. Having lost a lot of track time in FP1 to a brake problem and a late fuel leak, a floor swap in the afternoon session kept him garage bound for most of the qualifying sim running. He was the last driver to set a lap on the supersofts but couldn’t improve on last place.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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