Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton finishes on top in FP2 ahead of Raikkonen
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News August 25, 2017 Updated: 7:49 PM
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in the second free practice session of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton set a time of 1:44.753.
“Today felt like one of our strongest Fridays so far this season. The car felt strong all-round straight out of the box. We made some good steps with the set-up right from the start of FP1, which is a really encouraging way to kick off the weekend. It looks tight at the top on the long-run pace, but we’ve started the weekend in the best way possible” said Hamilton.
Third went to Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas who had a small lockup at turn 1 and was 0.165 behind Raikkonen. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took fourth with rain playing a factor during the session.
Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastian Vettel finished fifth after struggling with rhythm and was 0.482s from the top while Verstappen's teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth. Nico Hulkenberg took seventh but had to start over after his lap was erased for exceeding track limits. Esteban Ocon ended the day strong by finishing eighth for Force India. Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz finished 0.088s behind Ocon in ninth.
Jolyon Palmer had a strong finish in the afternoon session in tenth while Fernando Alonso took 11th for McLaren-Honda. Sergio Perez took 12th in the second Force India and was 1.9s behind Alonso. Haas' Romain Grosjean ended the day 13th while McLaren-Honda's Stoffel Vandoorne finished 14th.
Daniil Kvyat finished the day 15th in the second Toro Rosso while Grosjean's teammate Kevin Magnussen took 16th. The man from Montreal, Lance Stroll, enjoyed a smooth session finishing 17th.
Closing out the bottom of the order were the Sauber's of Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein. Felipe Massa was unable to participate in the session due to the team working on his car after it was damaged in FP1.
Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe, said It wasn’t the best Friday of the year. Unfortunately, Felipe lost the car in Turn Seven on his first timed-lap with fairly heavy damage to the left-hand side of the car, including some damage to the chassis which we couldn’t repair. We’ve therefore changed his chassis and that will be re-scrutineered in the morning for him to run in FP3.”
As the wet weather made gathering dry running data limited, tomorrow's final practice will give all the teams one last chance to get what they can.