Belgian GP: Max Verstappen dominates Practice Two for Red Bull as Mercedes struggle at Spa

Max Verstappen fastest for Red Bull in second practice at Spa; Charles Leclerc second for Ferrari as Mercedes struggle in cool and damp conditions; watch Belgian GP qualifying live at 3pm on Saturday, with build up from 2pm

Last Updated: 26/08/22 5:45pm

Mick Schumacher, Alex Albon and Esteban Ocon struggle in the wet conditions during P2 of the Belgian GP

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Mick Schumacher, Alex Albon and Esteban Ocon struggle in the wet conditions during P2 of the Belgian GP

Mick Schumacher, Alex Albon and Esteban Ocon struggle in the wet conditions during P2 of the Belgian GP

World championship leader Max Verstappen dominated Practice Two at the Belgian Grand Prix as Red Bull turned around Ferrari’s opening-session advantage at Spa.

Charles Leclerc, Verstappen’s nearest title challenger, was almost a second off the pace for Ferrari, while McLaren’s Lando Norris and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll impressed with third and fourth, respectively.

Carlos Sainz, who had set the pace for Ferrari earlier on Friday as the sport resumed after its three-week summer break, could only manage fifth, while Lewis Hamilton was sixth as Mercedes struggled, with team-mate George Russell in eighth behind Fernando Alonso.

Verstappen, Leclerc and Norris – along with three more cars – are set to start from the rear of the grid after receiving penalties for taking new engine parts, setting up an intriguing mixed-up grid for Sunday’s race.

Martin Brundle takes us through the challenging Eau Rouge at the Belgian Grand Prix

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Martin Brundle takes us through the challenging Eau Rouge at the Belgian Grand Prix

Martin Brundle takes us through the challenging Eau Rouge at the Belgian Grand Prix

As had been the case in Practice One, the session’s dry running was cut short as showers interrupted the final quarter, but the limited lap time available suggested Red Bull are a step in front of their rivals ahead of Saturday’s qualifying.

Ferrari and Mercedes will hope the forecast for warmer and drier conditions over the weekend will enable them to close the apparent gap to Verstappen.

More to follow…

Belgian GP Practice Two Timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:45.507
2) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.862
3) Lando Norris McLaren +1.082
4) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +1.128
5) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +1.142
6) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.386
7) Fernando Alonso Alpine +1.468
8) George Russell Mercedes +1.535
9) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +1.748
10) Sergio Perez Red Bull +1.839
11) Alex Albon Williams +2.013
12) Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +2.110
13) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +2.151
14) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +2.275
15) Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +2.360
16) Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +2.437
17) Esteban Ocon Alpine +2.701
18) Kevin Magnussen Haas +2.912
19) Nicholas Latifi Williams +3.105
20) Mick Schumacher Haas +4.434

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