Kimi Raikkonen keeps Ferrari top, Lewis Hamilton second
Belgian Grand Prix - FP2

Kimi Raikkonen keeps Ferrari top, Lewis Hamilton second

Kimi Raikkonen kept Ferrari top of the order in Belgium by edging Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time in Friday's second practice session.

Raikkonen's teammate Sebastian Vettel had gone fastest in the morning session and the Finn took that spot in FP2, setting a 1:43.355. Hamilton finished 0.168s behind, with teammate Valtteri Bottas -- set to start from the back of the grid after an engine change ahead of the weekend -- 0.4s off the lead. Sebastian Vettel dropped to fifth, 0.7s off his teammate.

Although Ferrari and Mercedes are both running a new specification of engine this weekend, the ultimate performance of both will not be revealed until qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

Red Bull had been within 0.151s off the lead in FP1 but Max Verstappen had dropped to 0.691s once the qualifying simulations had been completed. Renault's engine performance deficit is likely to be exposed at the power-sensitive Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Although Daniel Ricciardo ensured there was a Red Bull either side of fifth-placed Vettel, it is unlikely the team will remain in the hunt for the top two rows of the grid come qualifying.

Away from the top six, Sergio Perez finished best of the rest for Force India -- a team effectively rebooted this weekend following Lawrence Stroll's takeover during the summer break. The team has lost its points from the first half of the year after going into administration at the Hungarian Grand Prix and starts from zero in Spa, but the pace shown on Friday suggests it is well placed to re-open an account this weekend.

McLaren-bound Carlos Sainz was eighth for Renault, ahead of Sauber pair Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc. Nico Hulkenberg was 11th in the other Renault, with Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finishing either side of 13th-placed Esteban Ocon.

Fernando Alonso, who has entered a war of words with Red Bull this weekend over his claim the team tried to sign him on multiple occasions this year, split the drivers of the outfit's junior team Toro Rosso. Pierre Gasly finished ahead of the Spaniard, with Brendon Hartley two tenths behind him. Alonso was back in the car after handing his car over to McLaren junior Lando Norris in FP1 as part of the Englishman's evaluation for a seat next season.

Williams pair Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll finished 18th and 19th, with Stoffel Vandoorne finishing bottom of the order. However, Vandoorne had lost significant time in the morning session due to a leak on the underside of his car and finished on the lower end on the mileage scale again.

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