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Belgian GP: Spa-Francorchamps stays almost silent during second practice session


By Berthold Bouman

There was heavy rain again during the second free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps this afternoon, and again drivers stayed in the garage, pretty much everyone stayed there for the rest of the session, and no driver can really claim first place this afternoon.

Spa-Francorchamps

After 45 minutes Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was the first to venture out onto the soaking wet track, soon followed by team colleague Michael Schumacher, but both drivers returned without completing a lap. Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Bruno Senna (Williams) also tried their luck but came back in without a timed lap. Heikki Kovalainen spun his Caterham at Les Combes and decided to call it a day as well.

Felipe Massa got a new Ferrari engine this afternoon, his fifth of the season and with eight engines allowed for one season he will not receive a penalty. He completed two laps without recording a time, it was just to see if his new engine worked properly.

Times were meaningless this afternoon, but it was Charles Pic in the Marussia who set the fastest time of 2m49.354s, hardy a representative lap, even in the rain. Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was the busiest driver this afternoon, he completed five laps and was probably admiring the Ardennes landscape as he recorded a fastest lap of 2m59.125s.

Vitaly Petrov (Caterham), Mark Webber (Red Bull), Pedro de la Rosa (HRT), Narain Karthikeyan (HRT), Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean (both Lotus) didn’t even bother to go out and practised their Twitter skills instead.

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