The second day has been not only eventful in terms of information, but also in terms of the track action due to FP1&2. First things first, let's quickly recall on all of the information that we got during the Team Principals' conference today. During the session, due to the presence of both Otmar Szafnauer and Claire Williams, there has been a lot of questions addressed about the future of those both teams and their drivers. As a reminder, Force India, now Racing Point Force India has been bought by a consortium that belongs to the father of Lance Stroll. Both of the team principals received questions about the possible move of Stroll to Force India, but none of them wanted to respond directly to the question. Szafnauer said in the conference that due to the new owners and new (although most likely only temporary) name of the team, the Force India as we have it now is treated as a completely new team in the FIA championship, and they start over again with no points on their accounts, but are able to keep the money that the team has made over the previous years. This is an interesting information, since this might most possibly mean that the contracts of the drivers are expired, and we might see a possible moves and new drivers from as early on as Monza. There has been rumors spread around the paddock that we can soon see Lance Stroll behind the wheel of Force India, and a big comeback to F1 of Rober Kubica as he would take the spot in Sauber. When asked, Claire Williams does not confirm anything. At the same conference Christian Horner addressed the rumors about Fernando Alonso's possible seat at Red Bull, and he concluded that „He received an offer from Red Bull..in 2007”. Cyril Abiteboul has expressed his excitement over Daniel Ricciardo's participation in the Renault Sport F1 project from next year as their driver, and that talks with the Australian has been going on from quite some time already. Back to the on-track action, the FP1 and FP2 have given us a little bit of a taste on how this racing weekend can look like, after the summer break.
During the first Free Practice of this racing weekend, Sebastian Vettel topped the clasification ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas. The fourth and fifth place have been taken by consecutively Kimi Raikkonen and Valteri Bottas. Ricciardo scored 6th, after he spent half of the session in his garage due to an engine problems. Behind Ricciardo were: Ocon on 7th, Hulkenberg, Perez and Sainz Jr closing the top 10. Sirotkin had a spin at the turn 8, but he continued his session without a problem and there have been no other incidents than this.
In the FP2, Kimi Raikonnen scored the fastest result, followed by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen finished on 4th, ahead of Vettel on 5th and his own teammate Ricciardo on 6th. Force India had a strong pace with Perez on 7th and Ocon on 13th. The top ten was closed by Sainz Jr, Ericcsson and Leclerc on 10th. Williams has been going through a tough day, with it's drivers only on 18th and 19th position. It has been a busy day at the track of Spa-Francorchamps, and it will surely be even more exciting during Saturday and Sunday.