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Summary

  1. Verstappen quickest in second practice
  2. Ricciardo makes it a Red Bull one-two
  3. Mercedes' Rosberg P6 and Hamilton P13
  4. Engine changes give Hamilton 30-place grid penalty
  5. Alonso & Ericsson also penalised after breaking cap on replacement parts

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That might be all today from a wonderful few hours of practice and puppy banter.

    But I'll be back at 09:30 BST ahead of third practice and then qualifying.

    Make no bones about it, I'll be taking the lead on describing the action and won't paws at any point.

    See you tomorrow.

    Oh - and I award best dog pun of the day to Nigell Mans-best-friend-ell, with Spaniel Ricciardo and Murray Walkies closely behind.

  2. Seven days that changed F1

    Don't forget to listen to the wonderful BBC Radio 5 live programme about Michael Schumacher's break in F1 25 years ago.

    It's actually a remarkable story.

    You can take it into your earlugs here.

  3. Get Involved - F1 on national dog day

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    Apologies for those we've missed off, but here's a few dog puns to take home in your doggie bag.

    DATS Life: Kimi Rai-canine

    Dan Wilkinson: Fang-io...

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    We may have the first two sessions of practice in the bag, but don't let that stop you going back and listening BBC Radio 5 live's Chequered Flag podcast from yesterday.

    You can listen to it or download it here.

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    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on Sky Sports after a P4 in second practice, speaking about being blocked a few times: "There is traffic sometimes. Sometimes people including myself could do better. It's not easy to always be in the right place. 

    "It's quite warm for Spa and I think everyone was struggling to make the tyres last."

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    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on Sky Sports after a P7 in second practice: "I was struggling with the super-soft, and then on the long runs it was a struggle for whatever reason.

    "I haven't had time to check what the others have been doing - in the end the feeling wasn't correct but we should be more or less up there."

  7. Post update

    So, what stands out on that second practice leaderboard?

    The Red Bull one-two and the performance of Force India will give those desperate for a crashing of the Mercedes party some hope.

    Jenson Button in P9 is worth an eyebrow raise, half a second quicker than McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso.

    The Williams pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Bottas down in P16 and P17 respectively is not great.

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    Iain McGaw: The French/Belgian/Flemmish for El Scorchio is "Il ne pleut pas" 🌧❌

    C'est vrai, c'est vrai.

  10. Second practice result

    There are plenty of Dutch flags waving in east Belgium as Max Verstappen finishes top of second practice with a 1:48.085.

    And the Dutchman is milking it for all it's worth, waving to the grandstands.

    Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is second, 0.256secs further back.

    Then it's Hulkenberg, Vettel, Perez, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Button, Gutierrez.

    Lewis Hamilton finishes P13.

  11. Chequered flag

    Honk. That's second practice in the books.

    A few cars are out still but we're not going to have a Mercedes in the top five.

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    Three minutes left and it looks like we'll have a Red Bull one-two in second practice.

    Red Bull
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    Mercedes tell Nico Rosberg he has an overheating problem.

    Rosberg says his instruments say there's not a problem.

    Someone's wrong - not sure who.

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    Kimi Raikkonen is having fun. And when Kim's having fun, we're all having fun.

    The Finn flies into Eau Rouge and right behind Esteban Ocon's Manor, before sling-shooting around on the exit of the thrill-a-second interchange.

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    Damo Hirst: Can we get the current standings but using dog pun names??

    Don't you mean the LEAD-erboard, Damo?

  16. Post update

    Most drivers have dispensed with the super-soft tyres and there's a lot of softs out there. So don't expect any imminent changes to the top of the leaderboard, where Max Verstappen still leads Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo by 0.256secs.

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    It's 38C down on the track.

    What's Belgian/French/Flemish for El Scorchio?

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    David Rush: Fenton Button

    If you don't get this one, where on earth have you been?

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    "The traction is terrible," says Jenson Button on the radio coming out of Turn One.

    The McLaren sits in P9.