FP1 was an underwhelming affair to be honest, but with two Ferraris and a Red Bull being the top three, it can be said that as for now, TD039 is not putting any of this year’s Title contenders in a disadvantage yet, but it is still early days.
What was interesting though, was the number of drivers deciding to take on new power unit components, the highest profile of which being Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc who will both be starting from the back of the grid, which might make for an interesting fight between the two come Sunday.
Also this means the Mercedes pair may have a crack at a decent result during the race, that is if they can overhaul Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez who will be holding the fort for Ferrari and Red Bull at the front.
Rain came quite late in the session that was run under some really gloomy clouds which begs the question whether this year’s race will end up being the same wet farce that was the 2021 version.
The weather forecast does not show any rain for the rest of the weekend, but you ca never know with the Ardennes.
Spa FP2 Session Highlights
The session started under dry conditions, but Carlos Sainz reported over the team radio that the track was a bit more damp than expected. However the forecasts showed there was a 40% chance of rain during FP2.
George Russell complained about his Hard tyres over the team radio claiming he was unable to put any heat into them, 15 minutes into the session, as teammate Lewis Hamilton had an off-track excursion going into La Source.
Both Mercedes drivers are struggling to get the hard tyres working