Daily Archives: August 27, 2010

Alonso continues to lead through Belgian FP2

Fernando Alonso topped the second practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix today, as the rapidly drying track allowed some fast laps at the end. He was only one tenth ahead of Adrian Sutil, who in turn was just ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

The session started with the usual Spa conditions, with the track still requiring extreme wet tyres. However, soon enough the sun started to appear, and intermidiates were swiftly attached to the cars. Later on, Jaime Alguersuari was the first to try slick tyres, and his first lap time was 3 seconds faster than his previous ones on the inters.

However, as the track was still slippy, it was sure to catch out a few drivers. Vitantonio Liuzzi spun at Rivage, while Timo Glock crashed after only 3 laps, at the next corner.

Adrian Sutil was leading for most of the session, before a very strange red flag emerged. Charlie Whiting was dispatched in the course car, to ensure that no fans were standing in a dangerous zone. It is believed that a group of kids climbed over a debris barrier at Rivage (Turn 8). This was a disaster for some drivers, as it ruined 10 of the 15 dry minutes of the session that they had.

When the session restarted, all the cars were queued up to take one last set of flying laps. The two Ferraris went out together, but Alonso pulled away from Massa by 0.6 seconds in the middle sector. This allowed Fernando to take the fastest lap of the session, a 1.49.032, to beat Adrian Sutil.

Robert Kubica was 4th, Felipe Massa 5th, and Sebastian Vettel 6th. Rubens Barrichello was again 9th, and Vitantonio Liuzzi struggled again down in 16th. The slowest of the non-new teams was actually Mark Webber, who was 2.6 seconds off the fastest time. The Lotuses were back on form, with Kovalainen and Trulli fastest of the new teams.

Lucas di Grassi was 21st, Senna 22nd, while Sakon Yamamoto was only 0.3 seconds behind his team-mate in 23rd.

Times from FP2:

Pos. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1′49.032 25
2 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1′49.157 0.125 17
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1′49.248 0.216 14
4 Robert Kubica Renault 1′49.282 0.250 20
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1′49.588 0.556 23
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1′49.689 0.657 19
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1′49.755 0.723 20
8 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1′50.081 1.049 27
9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1′50.128 1.096 22
10 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1′50.200 1.168 24
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1′50.251 1.219 24
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1′50.341 1.309 23
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1′50.382 1.350 21
14 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1′50.682 1.650 25
15 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1′50.831 1.799 20
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1′51.520 2.488 17
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1′51.523 2.491 25
18 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1′51.636 2.604 19
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1′53.480 4.448 15
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1′53.639 4.607 21
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1′54.325 5.293 17
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1′55.751 6.719 24
23 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1′56.039 7.007 21
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2′03.179 14.147 3

Alonso leads soaked first session in Spa

Fernando Alonso topped the first practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, but it was the weather that made the most news today. The track was already saturated, then more heavy rain made the track very difficult to drive. Because of this, no driver got below the two-minute mark.

Fernando Alonso in FP1 at Spa today

Fernando Alonso in FP1 at Spa today

Alonso’s best time, a 2.00.797, was 0.8 seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton in 2nd place, although he only went out for 7 laps. Robert Kubica was 3rd for Reanult, running their new F-duct. The Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber were 4th and 7th. Adrian Sutil was 5th while Jenson Button was 6th, having done only 6 laps.

Rubens Barrichello, celebrating his 300th Grand Prix entry with a special message on the car, was 9th behind Kamui Kobayashi. Michael Schumacher completed the top 10. Felipe Massa was a disappointing 11th, 2.8 seconds slower than his team-mate.

Vitaly Petrov struggled in 17th, while Sebastien Buemi was only 0.017 seconds faster than Timo Glock, although he was suffering gearbox trouble throughout the session, and only did 6 laps. Behind Glock in 19th was Lucas di Grassi. Trulli and Kovalainen were off the pace in 21st and 23rd. Meanwhile, Sakon Yamamoto was last, 1o seconds slower than Alonso, and an unbelievable 2.8 seconds off Bruno Senna’s time.

Times from FP1:

Pos.
Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2′00.797 17
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2′01.567 0.770 7
3 Robert Kubica Renault 2′02.081 1.284 14
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2′02.450 1.653 11
5 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 2′02.646 1.849 14
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2′02.913 2.116 6
7 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 2′02.926 2.129 11
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2′03.401 2.604 17
9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 2′03.424 2.627 7
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2′03.489 2.692 9
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2′03.601 2.804 17
12 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 2′03.649 2.852 17
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2′03.654 2.857 6
14 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 2′03.851 3.054 17
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 2′04.145 3.348 12
16 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2′04.250 3.453 16
17 Vitaly Petrov Renault 2′04.690 3.893 15
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2′05.680 4.883 6
19 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2′05.697 4.900 18
20 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 2′06.695 5.898 14
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 2′07.189 6.392 15
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 2′07.737 6.940 13
23 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 2′07.955 7.158 15
24 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 2′10.507 9.710 18
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