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FP2: Dominant Verstappen comfortably clear of Leclerc in second Spa practice session

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SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 26: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing

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

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

Before the rain could hamper their running, the drivers made their way out onto the track with brand new sets of softs for the customary Friday afternoon qualifying runs. And it was Sainz who set the initial pace, before his time was beaten by Verstappen, who went 1.1s faster than the Spaniard.

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

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Practice 2 results

PositionTeam NameTime
1VER1:45.507
2LEC+0.862s
3NOR+1.082s
4STR+1.128s
5SAI+1.142s
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It was a quiet afternoon for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton the sixth fastest driver in the session, two spots ahead of team mate George Russell – who was heard earlier complaining about tyre temperature issues – in eighth.

The Alpine of Fernando Alonso found himself in a Mercedes sandwich up in seventh, with the soon-to-be-departing McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo in ninth, just over six-tenths behind his team mate.

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

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

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Sebastian Vettel came home in P15, ahead of Esteban Ocon – who missed most of FP1 with a mechanical issue – in 16th. Kevin Magnussen – who stopped 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 the Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas, down in 18th, ahead of Nicholas Latifi in P19, with the Haas of Mick Schumacher in 20th.

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