Raikkonen and Hamilton top rain-interrupted Practice in Belgium

Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton were the quickest drivers in free practice for the Belgium Grand Prix.

Raikkonen was the quickest man in the morning from Hamilton, with that order reversed in the afternoon which was hit with rain late on.

Third quickest in the morning was Valtteri Bottas, despite an off during the latter parts of the morning session which damaged one of his front wings.

The biggest drama of the day came quite early on when Felipe Massa crashed into the barrier at the exit of Les Combes, bringing out the red flag as the car was cleared. That ended Massa’s day when Williams found a small hole in the survival cell, which forced them to move on to another chassis for the rest of the weekend.

When the session restarted Hamilton ventured out onto the Soft tyre to post his quickest lap time, leading the majority of the session until Raikkonen put in a lap on the Ultra Softs in the closing stages.

Team mate Sebastian Vettel could only manage fifth fastest, behind Max Verstappen who has a lot of dutch fans at the circuit as this would be the closest to his home Grand Prix.

In the afternoon Verstappen repeated this effort and finished ahead of team mate Daniel Ricciardo, while Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest ahead of Esteban Ocon in the Force India in seventh and eighth respectively.

Fernando Alonso finished outside of the top ten despite running Honda’s upgraded engine. The McLaren driver encountered problems at the start of the morning session, then later on DRS issues.

All the teams had to cut short their running with 30 minutes left in the session, with the impeding threat of rain starting to develop. Ten minutes later the track was completely sodden, with only Ricciardo and Alonso venturing out on the Intermediate tyres before swiftly coming back in to end their days due to the amount of standing water on the circuit.

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