The team Ferrari He demonstrated his strength in the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, where he led the two practice sessions with his pilots, the German Sebastian Vettel and the Finns Kimi Raikkonen, with the Mercedes of the leader of the World Championship, the Briton Lewis Hamilton, closely watched.
Vettel he won in the first session with a best time of 1: 44.358 and his partner Raikkonen improved it with more than a second (1: 43.355) in the afternoon session, in both cases with
Hamilton stalking: third to three tenths in the morning, and the second to 168 thousandths in the afternoon.
The Mexican flyer Sergio Pérezonboard his Racing Point Force India car, finished seventh in the second practice session.
The Stevenage driver (United Kingdom) has a lead of 24 points in the drivers' ranking with regard to Vettel, which wants to keep or enlarge the circuit of the Belgian Ardennes.
The team of the & # 39; rampant cavallino & # 39; seems to be in good shape to break the dominance Mercedes in this circuit, where the German squadron has prevailed in the last three editions and sees no victory of Ferrari since 2009, when Raikkonen did it in the last of his four victories in this job. Vettel won here twice, both in their glorious four-year stint with Red Bull.
The expectation of a duel between the Ferrari and Hamilton-Bottas will be out of action in the race because he has been sanctioned because he has replaced several parts of his motorcycle and comes from the last place, the only thing that could be taken from a flat session in terms of events on the track from Spa-Francorchamps.
In him, due to mechanical problems, he suffered the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) in his meeting with Formula 1 after he announced during the summer break that he would leave the Austrian team to stop at Renault next season
The always smiling Perth driver could barely drive in the first session, only four laps, and marked his time in the last minute of the 90 training, sixth. He returned to stay in that square in the second round, with 31 laps to his name, but almost a second of the best record.
Your partner, the Dutch Max Verstappen, who will take the lead in Red Bull in 2019, since his new partner will be Frenchman Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso), he was the second to only 15 hundredths of Vettel in the morning, but he remained more than half a second in the afternoon, which brought him to fourth place in the time table.
They also suffered, and many, the McLaren, to the point that their best position of the day was a sixteenth place from the Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who in the first session gave his place to the British Lando Norris, who made his debut in the F1 at the age of 18 and it was eighteenth. The Belgian Stoffel Vandoorme, whose future in the team is called into question, was the last in both sleeves.
On the other hand Carlos Sainz (Renault), who already knows that his car for the next two seasons will be the McLaren, after he has definitively broken his relationship with the plan with young Red Bull drivers, he placed himself in the positions of Q3, tenth in the first and eighth position in the second.
In those positions, ranging from seventh to tenth place, were the Renault from Sainz and the German Nico Hülkenberg (who starts on Sunday when he has the same penalty as Bottas) and the cars from the renowned Racing Point Force India -team. already with his new owners. The Mexican Sergio Pérez was ninth in the first session and seventh in the second.
The restart of the activity in the & circus & # 39; of the Formula 1 was characterized by the movements of pilots, but also by crossing statements between Fernando Alonso and the head of the Red Bull team, the Englishman Christian Horner.
Alonso revealed yesterday to the English television Sky Sports that Red Bull had made several offers, the last in August of this year after the exit of Ricciardo was known, reason why they surprised the statements of Horner, indicating that Alonso could create problems in the team, for which the Spaniard said he received an apology request by e-mail.
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However, the maximum responsible for it Red Bull denied this Friday during a press conference that an offer was made to Alonso for 2019, and said that what there was "an interest" was that they were directed by Flavio Briatore (former head of Alonso at Renault) and Liberty Media, current owners of the Formula 1 and interested in preserving the Asturian in the paddock & # 39 ;.