As was the case in Friday’s earlier FP1 session at Spa, FP2 received underway in damp circumstances due to rain falling between the 2 one-hour follow periods, though a there was a transparent dry line already evident when Bottas led a small pack of runners out on intermediates when the pitlane opened.
Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel and Lando Norris accomplished early set up laps on the inters earlier than pitting to change to slicks – led by McLaren driver Norris.
He duly set the session’s first timed lap – a 1m48.219s – on the exhausting compound tyres, which Norris beat on the subsequent tour of his run as he posted a 1m47.138s.
As the remainder of the monitor dried shortly, the remainder of the pack appeared straightaway on slicks and the occasions quickly tumbled – with Esteban Ocon going quickest after quarter-hour had handed due to his 1m46.638s, additionally on the exhausting tyres.
That was quickly overwhelmed by Nicholas Latifi’s 1m46.198s on the medium tyres, earlier than the Williams driver was usurped by Bottas placing in a 1m44.513s – the Mercedes additionally working the yellow-walled rubber.
Verstappen slotted in behind Bottas earlier than he was pipped by Hamilton, who ended up simply 0.031s behind his team-mate at this stage, with the world champion now working a a lot smaller rear wing in comparison with the set-up he utilized in FP1.
On the midway stage, the Mercedes drivers have been among the many first runners to suit the mushy tyres to finish qualifying simulation efforts, however curiously neither Bottas or Hamilton improved their private bests on the softer rubber – though the latter did put up the then quickest time within the center sector.
When Verstappen emerged on the red-walled rubber a couple of minutes later, the Purple Bull driver flew to the highest spot with a 1m44.472s – beating Hamilton’s quickest time within the technical center sector earlier than shedding some floor to his private finest within the remaining third.
But it surely was nonetheless sufficient to present Verstappen the highest spot by 0.041s to Bottas’s finest time on the mediums, with Hamilton 0.072s behind on his time additionally set on the mediums.
Fernando Alonso set the fourth quickest time for Alpine, forward of Gasly and Lance Stroll.
Esteban Ocon ended up seventh after having a wild spin approaching the 40-minute mark when he misplaced the rear of his Alpine exiting the Fanges chicane and travelling sideways a great distance down the monitor in direction of the primary proper of Stavelot earlier than stopping dealing with the fallacious means after which recovering to the pits with no injury apart from a ruined set of softs.
Vettel, Norris and Sergio Perez rounded out the highest 10 following the qualifying simulation efforts, with the Purple Bull driver one other runner who posted their finest FP2 time on the mediums.
With additional rain holding off, the groups have been capable of change into their typical late FP2 excessive gas runs to assemble info for the race lengthy runs, however this a part of the session was closely disrupted.
First, with simply over quarter-hour remaining, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who ended up 18th within the remaining standings, crashed on the remaining a part of Les Combes – having misplaced the rear of his automobile when he accelerated out of the right-hand second half.
Leclerc’s makes an attempt to catch the incident introduced him onto the kerbs on the within of the sequence and he slid into the obstacles between Turns 6 and seven, which knocked the left-front off his automobile and introduced out the purple flags.
After a brief delay to recuperate the Ferrari, the session resumed with 10 minutes to go and many of the discipline lining up on the finish of the pitlane.
The set off to finish additional high-fuel working however this was minimize quick when Verstappen crashed with three minutes remaining – additionally on the remaining a part of Les Combes, Flip 7, albeit exiting the nook in comparison with the place Leclerc crashed.
Verstappen misplaced the rear of his RB16B at a lot excessive pace as he ran by way of the quick right-hander and went off backwards into the obstacles on the surface, damaging each right-side wheels.
With so little time remaining and gravel strewn over the monitor because of the incident, FP2 was not restarted.