Valtteri Bottas was the fastest in the first free practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix. The Finn beat Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly.
Valtteri Bottas showed up on time for the start of the school year. After a month of summer break, the Finn was the fastest in the first free practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix. The Finn set a time of 1’45”199 to establish the reference time for the first hour of driving at Spa-Francorchamps. Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly finished less than half a second behind the Mercedes driver to complete the podium for today’s morning session.The two Ferrari single-seaters followed to complete the top 5. Charles Leclerc, despite a passage in the gravel, placed fourth. In Belgium, the variable weather trapped several pilots. Yuki Tsunoda and Kimi Raikkönen spun off as Mick Schumacher struggled with his intermediate tires. The German driver distinguished himself in another way to celebrate the 30 years of his father’s first Grand Prix, here at Spa-Francorchamps. The Haas rider opted for a vintage motif on his helmet. It was not enough to avoid the last place of the session.
Two rows ahead of him, Lewis Hamilton finished 18th. While complaining about his speed, the reigning world champion was hampered by Nicholas Latifi in the last sector of his fast lap. He seemed set on setting the fastest time, but the Briton had to end up coasting after coming close to the accident. For a few minutes, the reference time was owned by Esteban Ocon. The winner of the Hungarian Grand Prix finally finished with the ninth fastest time. He finished just ahead of his teammate Fernando Alonso.