Vettel 'not happy' with Friday performance

Wolff: 'Dangerous' to call Merc 'favourites'

Kimi Raikkonen topped the timesheets with an excellent late effort in the first free practice session on Friday ahead of the 2017 Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.

Hamilton arrived in Belgium trailing Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by 14 points at the top of the drivers' championship, but the Briton is refusing to write off the Italian marque's chances given its reputation for not pushing on Fridays.

The three were 0.7secs clear of the field, Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in fourth and fifth.

Britain and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

On the so-called race-simulation runs, when teams fill up their tanks with fuel and practise the first part of the race, Vettel was 0.7secs on average quicker than Hamilton, with Bottas a further 0.1secs back.

The glories of Spa and the temple of speed that is Monza, which follows next weekend, notionally invite Mercedes to demonstrate the full potential of their auto and if not take control of the title race then to eke an advantage heading into the long haul, seven-race run to the line in Abu Dhabi at the end of November. Each has won four races and their rivalry has been characterised by mutual respect with a "road rage" flare up in Azerbaijan where Vettel banged wheels with Hamilton after hitting the back of his auto while the safety vehicle was deployed, although Vettel subsequently apologised. Mercedes should have an advantage in their power unit and a auto created to run best through the high-speed, flowing corners that abound at Spa, as it did in Hamilton's dominant win at Silverstone.

Let's see what happens."A big crowd is expected to camp out and herald Formula One's "return to work" from the beach at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix where Stoffel Vandoorne will hope to mark his retention by McLaren with a strong showing in front of his home fans".

"It came to a point in Silverstone when Lewis said: 'I'm going to pull him along with me.' It's just an underlying respect for the other individual and the other race driver". Though Bottas managed to get the vehicle out of the gravel trap and return to the pits with minor front wing damage, the incident compromised the Finn's chance of matching any of the times set by the top three drivers.

"For me I was not so happy".

"But then it was more hard than the results look like, because we had some pretty close racing with Ferrari - Barcelona with Sebastian [Vettel] being really close behind Lewis, and then Sochi and Spielberg, being really close behind Valtteri. We just didn't get a very good weekend but it's true that Mercedes was very strong there", he said.

"At some point I think there will be news".

There is rain in the forecast, which might yet give us an outcome no one is expecting.

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