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Belgian Grand Prix – Spa Free Practice 1

August 28, 2009

Friday morning, and another Grand Prix weekend. Fortunately, it’s Spa, which is a proper race track, and is quite often wet, which means there is little chance of last weekend’s snorefest being repeated.

5live commentators Ant Davidson and David Croft took a road trip on their way to the race, and Crofty has kindly posted their photos. For me, these two are the best thing about the practice sessions, they seem to have a really good rapport, and are very easy to listen to.

Any Rob Smedley fans who haven’t already seen this, Rob stands up for Luca Badoer. He does a good job, but I’m not sure even Rob can make Luca competitive.He also updates us on Massa’s progress.

The rain came as expected, 28 minutes into the session, which caused some fun and games. Hamilton and Vettel did not set times – Vettel is reusing an old engine here, as he’s getting a bit short, but will use a new one from qualifying onwards. Trulli managed to set a dry time just before the rain, so comes top of the timesheets, whilst the Toro Rosso boys out in good times on the extreme wet tyres to end up fourth and fifth. Luca Badoer and Heikki Kovalainen had off track moments but no damage. Luca possibly was not going fast enough to cause any.He posted the 10th fastest time overall, but it was a dry time, all the slower ones were in the wet.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
 1.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:49.675            13
 2.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:50.283  + 0.608   18
 3.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:50.368  + 0.693   13
 4.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:51.045  + 1.370   20
 5.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:51.529  + 1.854   24
 6.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:52.321  + 2.646   18
 7.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:52.930  + 3.255   16
 8.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:53.383  + 3.708   11
 9.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:53.650  + 3.975   12
10.  Badoer       Ferrari               (B)  1:55.068  + 5.393   20
11.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B)  2:03.972  + 14.297  11
12.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  2:04.505  + 14.830  13
13.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  2:05.513  + 15.838  13
14.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  2:05.614  + 15.939  14
15.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  2:05.705  + 16.030  15
16.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  2:05.839  + 16.164  10
17.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  2:06.181  + 16.506   6
18.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  2:06.331  + 16.656  15
19.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)                       1
20.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)                       4

Free practice 2 is at 1pm BST.

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