Max Verstappen has finished the second practice session ahead of team mate Daniel Ricciardo by a quarter of a second, with Nico Hulkenberg a further three-tenths of a second behind in third.

For the second time in 17 practice sessions there was not a Mercedes in the top two, as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg carried out different programmes in the session.

Neither driver used the super soft tyre which saw them finish further down the order, Rosberg was sixth having spent most of the session on the soft compound while Hamilton finished 13th spending most of the time on the mediums.

After Mercedes opted to introduce further components to Hamilton’s engine, the Briton’s grid penalty doubled to a 30-place demotion which will see him start at the tail end of the grid. By adding additional parts to Hamilton’s power unit and taking a maximum penalty in Spa, Hamilton should now comfortably see through the rest of the season without any further penalties.

Sebastian Vettel recovered from a messy first half of the session and finished in fourth position ahead of Sergio Perez, in the other Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen was over a second off the pace in seventh position.

Romain Grosjean and Jenson Button finished the session with identical times, both posting a 1:49.419 as the pair placed eighth and ninth respectively.

Fernando Alonso enjoyed a more productive session as McLaren changed his power unit during the break, the Spaniard racked up 30 laps although faces a 30-place grid penalty on Sunday due to the changes to his power unit.

As is the norm on Friday practice the Williams pair were down the order, as Valtteri Bottas finished in 16th while his team mate Felipe Massa was a fraction slower in 17th.

As Pascal Wehrlein topped his new team mate’s efforts from FP1 to finish an impressive 11th, Esteban Ocon was almost a second slower in 21st place.

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