From the altar to the dust (of the gravel). Max Verstappen was the great protagonist of the second free practice session at Spa, setting the best time in 1’44”472, but after putting his autograph at the top of the list of times he crashed into the protections on the track at the exit of Les Combes.
The Dutchman’s RB16B did not seem particularly damaged (unlike Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari SF21 destroyed in the left front suspension just before ed.), But the accident forced the race direction to stop the session a few minutes early.
Verstappen, once he arrived in front of the microphones of the media, did not seem particularly embittered for having put his car on the wall, but he was unable to understand how it all happened.
“I don’t know what happened. I suddenly lost the rear end. I suffered a bit of understeer and when I corrected the line I hit the wall ”.
Despite an understandable disappointment about the accident, Max said he was satisfied with the behavior of his car. When he set the best time in the afternoon, the Dutch driver managed to make a difference in the second sector, setting a partial record, only to lose most of the advantage in T3.
“The car was fine. For the whole day we were satisfied. Obviously, between FP1 and FP2 we made some small changes, but in general I can say that it was a very positive start to the weekend ”.
“I don’t want to change anything in the wings, I feel comfortable with the set-up chosen. Obviously this consideration must also be evaluated in the light of the evolution of the weather “.
Sergio Perez also praised the behavior of the RB16B on the splendid track of Spa-Francorchamps.
The Mexican driver, freshly renewed for 2022, did not make an impact in the times table like his teammate, but despite this he said he was confident of being able to go on the assault of a good performance in qualifying. Weather permitting …
“The car has performed well and I think we have potential this weekend, but it will be interesting to see how the weather will evolve. In any case, I think we can do well in qualifying ”.
“Today we managed to get a lot of information and now it’s up to us to extract the maximum for tomorrow and be competitive in qualifying”.