FP2 report and highlights from 2022 Belgian Grand Prix: Dominant Verstappen comfortably clear of Leclerc in second Spa practice session

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Max Verstappen was Belgium’s fastest man on Friday afternoon, as the Red Bull driver put in a stunning performance to beat the timesheets of the second practice session at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, ahead of champions rival Charles Leclerc.

On a chilly afternoon at Spa-Francorchamps, the drivers set out for their early runs with Verstappen leading the way on the medium tire with a time of 1m 46.850s, ahead of FP1 timesheet topper Carlos Sainz and his Ferrari team-mate Leclerc.

Before the rain could hinder their runs, the drivers took to the track with brand new sets of soft tires for the usual Friday afternoon qualifying runs. And it was Sainz who set the first pace, before his time was beaten by Verstappen, who went 1.1 seconds faster than the Spaniard.

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Leclerc then crossed the line and finished second, the only driver to be within a second of Verstappen’s time. Sainz dropped further to fifth thanks to the impressive performances of Lando Norris and Lance Stroll, who finished third and fourth respectively.

1


Max
Verstappen
FAR
Red Bull Racing

1:45.507

2


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

+0.862s

3


Lando
norris
NOR
McLaren

+1.082s

4


Lance
strolling around
STR
Aston Martin

+1,128s

5


Carlos
Sainz
SAI
Ferrari

+1.142s

It was a quiet afternoon for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton the sixth fastest driver in the session, two spots ahead of teammate George Russell – previously complained of tire temperature problems – in eighth.

Fernando Alonso’s Alpine was seventh in a Mercedes sandwich, with soon-to-departure McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo in ninth, just over six-tenths behind his teammate.

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Sergio Perez left late to go for his flying lap and set a time good enough for 10th, ahead of Alex Albon’s impressive Williams, on 11th.

Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu set the 12th fastest time of the session, just ahead of AlphaTauri pair Yuki Tsunoda on 13th and returning Pierre Gasly – who missed FP1 when rookie Liam Lawson took his car for a ride – in P14.

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Sebastian Vettel came home in P15, ahead of Esteban Ocon – who missed most of FP1 with a mechanical problem – in 16th. Kevin Magnussen – who retired on track in FP1 with a battery problem – returned to action in FP2, but his best time was only good enough for 17th.

Another runner who missed most of the running in the first practice session was Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo, who finished 18th, ahead of Nicholas Latifi in P19, with Mick Schumacher’s Haas in 20th.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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