Valtteri Bottas has topped the timing sheet in Free Practice 1 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Friday morning after marginally outpacing teammate Lewis Hamilton during their runs on the soft tyre.
However, Bottas’ FP1 was cut short as he suffered a puncture after driving over a curb in the dying minutes of the session.
Max Verstappen was less than a tenth of a second off Bottas’ pace, suggesting he could challenge the Silver Arrows on race day.
The two Mercedes-powered Racing Point cars also showed good pace. Sergio Perez put in a faster time than Canadian youngster Lance Stroll, with the pair ending up fourth and fifth in the session.
Leclerc was around 1.25 seconds off the pace, while Vettel trailed Bottas’ best time by almost 1.7 seconds.
Three Ferrari-powered cars – the two Haas cars and Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo – had engine issues and didn’t complete a single lap in the session.
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