|Nico Rosberg happy after FP1|
Nico Rosberg turned a la of 1m48.348s to lead opening practice for the Belgium GP at Spa by a comfortable margin over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. It was a clean session for Mercedes and their drivers appeared on rails, but both Rosberg and Hamilton used the super-softs in FP1.
Hamilton will take a 15-grid penalty because his fresh power unit featured the use of a sixth MGU-H and turbo.
Kimi Raikkonen was third quick for Ferrari at 1m49.147s, just 1/10th of a sec behind Hamilton but on softs, not super-softs.
Sergio Perez continued his good form in 4th for Force India while Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-5 in the 2nd Ferrari 1.4 sec behind Rosberg on soft tires.
In his first practice with Manor, Esteban Ocon outpaced teammate Pascal Wehrlein by nearly a second as he finished 16th quickest. Ocon beat Verstappen in F3 for the title so he is the real deal. Keep an eye on him
Fernando Alonso never put up a time and the team has to change his Honda engine.
Three drivers ran the halo for the first time – Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr.
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m49.274s||0.926s||23|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m49.782s||1.434s||24|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m49.865s||1.517s||24|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m50.088s||1.740s||21|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m51.424s||3.076s||17|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m52.308s||3.960s||19|