Lewis Hamilton Untouchable In Second Practice for Belgian Grand
Formula One
Formula One returns from a 4 week summer break refreshed and ready for the final part of the season as the Belgian Grand Prix plays host to a weekend that promises action packed drama. The Spa Francorchamps circuit is a grand prix track frozen in time, its sweeping curves and long straights have remained unchanged from the spit and polish of the Herman Tilka era of track design. Spa Francorchamps provides plenty of over taking opportunities and its fearsome 180mph Eau Rouge corner combines to make the Belgian Grand Prix one of the best and most unforgiving of race tracks in Formula One, only Japan’s Suzuka Circuit comes close. The second half of the campaign began pretty much as the first half did, Mercedes F1 dominated both first and second session’s of free practice. Round one went to Nico Rosberg but round two was resolutely dominated by Lewis Hamilton who recorded a time over half a second quicker than his Mercedes F1 team mate. Hamilton’s time of 1m49.189s was set on Pirelli’s soft tyres, Rosberg set a time of 1m49.793s, Fernando Alonso hustled his under performing Ferrari to a surprise third just over a tenth behind Rosberg. The Williams pairing of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished 4th and 6th with Jenson Button separating the pair in 5th. Buttons teammate, Kevin Magnussen, took a considered 9th on the grid while the Force India driven by Nico Hulkenberg rounded off the top 10. Kimi Raikkonen ended 15th on the grid, the Ferrari driver complained about an unstable rear end throughout the session. Still this was much better progress than Sebastian Vettel who sat out the session because his engine needed rebuilding after an electrical fire. Practice two was interrupted by two red-flags but that wasn’t enough to distract Lewis Hamilton who got the job done and set down an early marker for race victory. But the race weekend is long and nothing is given in Formula One.  
Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:49.189 26
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:49.793 0.604 28
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:49.930 0.741 19
4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:50.327 1.138 24
5 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.659 1.470 31
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:50.677 1.488 26
7 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:50.725 1.536 25
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:50.977 1.788 16
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:51.074 1.885 31
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:51.077 1.888 26
11 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:51.383 2.194 26
12 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:51.450 2.261 29
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:51.573 2.384 28
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:52.196 3.007 25
15 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:52.234 3.045 18
16 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:52.776 3.587 23
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:53.955 4.766 7
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:54.040 4.851 18
19 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:54.050 4.861 30
20 45 Andre Lotterer Caterham-Renault 1:54.093 4.904 24
21 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault No time 2
22 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault No time 0
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