Verstappen sets the pace in Spa GP second practice before crashing

Verstappen sets the pace in Spa GP second practice before crashing


Max Verstappen set the pace in the second practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix, narrowly beating Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lrwis Hamilton bny less than a hundredth of a second, but the Red Bull driver’s session ended in disappointment when he crashed out in the final moments of the session at Spa-Francorchamps.


Verstappen lost the back end of his RB16B as he went into the Les Combes sequence at the end of the long Kemmel straight and he spun into the barriers on the left side of the circuit, causing substantial damage to the rear right of his Red Bull.


As with the morning session, the afternoon running got off to a slow start as drivers gingerly tested the damp conditions. Once the conditions proved suitable for dry tyres, McLaren’s Lando Norris got running properly underway with a lap of 1:48.219 on hard tyres. Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi then took turns at the top as the track improved before Bottas then took a significant step forward with a lap of 1:44.513 on medium tyres.


Verstappen then took P2 before Hamilton went just 0.031 slower than his teammate to establish a Mercedes one-two.

The Mercedes pair were then among the first to make the switch to soft tyres though neither was able to improve on the red-banded Pirelli rubber. Verstappen, however, did make gains and he claimed top spot with a lap of 1:44.472, 0.041 ahead of Bottas.


However, his good work was then undone in the final moments when he lost the rear end of his car in Les Combes.

At the flag, Fernando Alonso set the fourth fastest time for Alpine, ahead of AlhaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll. Ocon finished in seventh ahead of the seodnde Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Pérez, newly confirmed for another year at Red Bull Racing, completed the top 10 order.


2021 FIA Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1:44.472 12 241.350
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:44.513 0.041 14 241.256
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.544 0.072 13 241.184
4 Fernando Alonso Alpine/Renault 1:44.953 0.481 15 240.244
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1:44.965 0.493 17 240.217
6 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1:45.180 0.708 14 239.726
7 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1:45.302 0.830 15 239.448
8 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin/Mercedes 1:45.336 0.864 16 239.371
9 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1:45.386 0.914 18 239.257
10 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda 1:45.404 0.932 13 239.216
11 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:45.517 1.045 14 238.960
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda 1:45.758 1.286 17 238.416
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:45.789 1.317 16 238.346
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:45.967 1.495 18 237.945
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren/Mercedes 1:46.118 1.646 14 237.607
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1:46.198 1.726 17 237.428
17 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1:46.665 2.193 14 236.388
18 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:46.836 2.364 13 236.010
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas/Ferrari 1:47.335 2.863 14 234.913
20 Mick Schumacher Haas/Ferrari 1:47.529 3.057 15 234.489


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