Belgian Grand Prix: Red Bull tops FP2 as Lewis Hamilton takes big Engine Penalty
By: S.H. Harding, Xiro Xone News August 26, 2016 Updated: 3:01 PM
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and teammate Daniel Ricciardo topped the time sheet during the second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.
“We showed great pace today in comparison with other teams, though it’s hard to say what Mercedes is like. Of course I’m happy to be first in front of so many Dutch fans but it’s still not qualifying and not the race so let’s see,” said Verstappen.
Ricciardo was 0.256s off of Verstappen and 0.316s ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, who finished third with Sebastian Vettel coming in fourth fastest for Ferrari.
“I think we can still be quicker than what we showed today, but I feel like we definitely got into the right rhythm. No one is on holiday anymore and we’re back in work mode, the energy around the garage was good and everyone is ready to go,” said Ricciardo.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took Friday’s second practice session to focus on long-run pace as he prepares to take a big grid penalty hit after Saturday’s qualifying.
Mercedes already confirmed Thursday that Lewis Hamilton will take a grid penalty for using new power unit components.
In the first free practice session, Hamilton exceeded his allocation of five turbochargers and five MGU-Hs. So, in order avoid similar penalties down the road, Mercedes fitted another completely new power unit to Hamilton's car ahead of FP2, bringing his total number of tubochargers and MGU-Hs to seven, and for the moment puts his grid penalty for Sunday’s race at 30 places.
Under Formula One's regulations, drivers are allowed to use no more than five of each of the six components that make up the power unit, with additional ones resulting in grid penalties.
Force India’s Sergio Perez finished fifth ahead of Rosberg. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh, 0.175s ahead of the Haas of Romain Grosjean. Jenson Button finished the session ninth for McLaren-Honda with the teams newly added upgrades. The second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez finished in 10th.
Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein end the day with a very impressive 11th, ahead of McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso, who will face a penalty for a water leak in FP1.