Verstappen tops practice in Belgium

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen yesterday topped the times in the second practice for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

The 18-year-old Red Bull driver, who was born 50 kilometres away from the sprawling and majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit at Hasselt in Belgium, clocked a best lap of one minute and 48.085 seconds.

That allowed him to outpace Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo by two-tenths of a second.

German Nico Huelkenberg was third fastest for Force India, ahead of compatriot Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, Mexican Sergio Perez in the second Force India and championship contender Nico Rosberg of Mercedes.

Defending champion Lewis Hamilton had a new power unit installed and will face a massive grid penalty for the race along with several other penalised drivers, including two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren Honda. - AFP.

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