Belgian Grand Prix: Bottas quickest ahead of Hamilton in first practice

Valtteri Bottas headed Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in first practice at the Belgian Grand Prix. The usual top three in F1 2020 were separated by tiny fractions – Bottas was 0.069 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who had 0.012secs on Verstappen. Mercedes, encouraged to work flat-out on their engine by Ferrari’s advantage on the straights in 2019, have made a step forward in this area, although the progress on their chassis outweighs it. On race pace at the end of the session, Mercedes appeared to have a significant advantage over Verstappen on the soft tyre.

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