F1 Belgian GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

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By: Tom Howard, Stephen Lickorish

Summary

Summary
  • Second practice for Belgian GP red-flagged for a second time after Verstappen hits the wall
  • Session was earlier stopped following a crash for Leclerc exiting Les Combes
  • Verstappen fastest but Mercedes drivers didn't improve when using soft tyres
  • Wet track declared at start of session following Spa rain shower, but drivers quickly switch to slicks
  • Bottas topped FP1 from Verstappen, while Hamilton was only 18th after being blocked by Latifi's Williams
Leaderboard
1. Verstappen, Red Bull
2. Bottas, Mercedes
3. Hamilton, Mercedes
4. Alonso, Alpine
5. Gasly, AlphaTauri
6. Stroll, Aston Martin
7. Ocon, Alpine
8. Vettel, Aston Martin
9. Norris, McLaren
10. Perez, Red Bull
Status: Stopped
14:17 Right, with that we will wish you a lovely Friday afternoon and be sure to check back in tomorrow ahead of FP3 which starts at 12:00 local time (11:00 BST). Goodbye for now!
14:11 Verstappen has made his way back to the paddock and all looks well with him, but he has given his Red Bull mechanics a busier evening than they would have expected with 60 seconds of FP2 to go.
14:07
 
14:02

So a very eventful session, a spin for Ocon and separate crashes for Leclerc and Verstappen which caused two red flags. It all adds to the intrigue for the rest of this weekend.

14:01 With this session not being resumed, it means Verstappen does take top spot in FP2 ahead of Bottas and Hamilton.
14:00
 
13:59 The Red Bull driver has come a cropper a little further on from where Leclerc had his earlier off - so much so that you can see the parked Ferrari in the background. Verstappen has spun at Malmedy and tapped the barrier - that's the session over.
13:57 Verstappen has spun and there's another red flag!
13:56

Is it helmet camera or visor camera? Either way, we're back on it with Alonso and it really shows how steep the climb is between Eau Rouge and up to the Kemmel straight. Mental.

13:51 That provides the 19 remaining drivers with 10 minutes of practice time left for today. Race runs will be the order of the short and sharp period of action.
13:50 The session will resume at 15:50 local time (so now, basically).
13:48
 
13:47 Leclerc got a bit too eager on the power exiting Les Combes and as his Ferrari got out of control he tried to correct it but could not avoid clipping his left-front wheel into the outside barriers. The Ferrari driver is OK and hops out of the car to assess the damage.
13:44 Leclerc has crashed! That has red flagged the session!
13:43 Ocon had been pushing on his qualifying simulation run and makes it back to the pits after his spin.
13:41 Ocon has spun at Turn 14, between Les Fagnes and Stavelot, and comes to a halt facing the wrong way. The Alpine driver is able to avoid the barriers and get going again but his tyres are totally done.
13:37 And Verstappen goes fastest with a 1m44.472s - just 0.041s quicker than Bottas, despite being on the softs, while the Finn set his time on the hards.
13:36 Right, Verstappen's turn for a flying lap on the softs. What has the Red Bull driver got?
13:34
 
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