Raikkonen and Hamilton fastest on F1 return

By on Friday, August 25, 2017

The 12th round of the 2017 Formula One Championship began with two practice session on Friday at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps as teams prepared for the Belgian Grand Prix. The two 90-minute sessions were run under disparate weather conditions, with FP1 run under a warm and sunny sky while FP2 began cloudy and ended with rain.

Leading the way in FP1 was Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen with a fast lap of 1:45.502. Just .053 of a second behind him was Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton while Räikkönen’s teammate, Sebastian Vettel, was third quickest, .145 of a second short of earning quick time.

First free practice results:

1.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:45.502
2.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:45.555
3.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:45.647
4.  M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:46.302
5.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:46.352
6.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:46.424
7.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:47.446
8.  E. Ocon Force India 01:47.670
9.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:47.851
10.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:47.865
11.  J. Palmer Renault 01:47.930
12.  N. Hulkenberg Renault 01:48.037
13.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:48.252
14.  S. Pérez Force India 01:48.452
15.  L. Stroll Williams 01:48.541
16.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:48.615
17.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:48.626
18.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:50.160
19.  P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:51.263
20.  F. Massa Williams no time

Atop FP2 was Hamilton, who pipped Räikkönen for the top spot by .262 of a second with a lap of 1:44.753. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was third to sandwich the Ferrari driver, .427 of a second off the time set by Hamilton.

Second free practice results:

1.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:44.753
2.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:45.015
3.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:45.180
4.  M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:45.225
5.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:45.235
6.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:46.072
7.  N. Hulkenberg Renault 01:46.441
8.  E. Ocon Force India 01:46.473
9.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:46.561
10.  J. Palmer Renault 01:46.670
11.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:46.743
12.  S. Pérez Force India 01:46.984
13.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:47.285
14.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:47.303
15.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:47.450
16.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:47.556
17.  L. Stroll Williams 01:47.861
18.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:49.214
19.  P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:49.725

The track record at Spa remained untouched, but it appears set to fall when qualifying begins Saturday. Jarno Trulli currently owns the fastest lap at Spa – a 1:44.503 set in his Toyota during the second round of qualifying for the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s quick FP2 time was just .25 of a second shy of eclipsing Trulli’s eight-year-old mark.

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