Begian GP - FP1 - Schumacher leads the pack with a dry run

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Belgian Grand Prix, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa - Friday Practice Session 1 - Result

It was Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes who set the fastest time for the first practice session with sum luck from the dry track run just at the start of the session. Teammate Nico Rosberg was second fastest. It was a good start for the Mercedes after a long summer break. But still the fastest team is still to be find out as the session was derailed by heavy showers.

Michael Schumacher who is celebrating his 20th Anniversary into Formula One this weekend marked it in a style by being fastest in the first session and with special Gold plated helmet he was wearing.

Jenson Button in 3rd was the first one to put up a decent lap in all wet conditions. Virtually he was the lead driver on track. Mclaren has boosted their performance with a new KERS system which will assure them to have a full on Qualifying session.

World Champion Sebastian Vettel was 4th on the time sheet. Lewis Hamilton who ride on the aquaplaned earlier on intermediates finished the session 5th fastest.

As the heavy rain tries to ease off and no shower was predicted for the rest of the session, Bruno Senna and Paul Di Resta instead of improving their lap times hit the barriers to halt the session. Di Resta taps the barriers in Turn 9.

Meanwhile, Force India announced Nico Hulkenberg to drive for them in the Free Practice Session 2. This will be the first outing of Hulk in the second session this season with Force India.

Adrian Sutil finished 6th followed by Felipe Massa in the lead Ferrari. Rubens Barrichello was 8th in Williams and Jaime Alguersuari was 9th in Toro Rosso. Japanese Kamui Kobayashi was 10th followed by the two time world champion Fernando Alonso. It seems that Ferrari are again struggling in the wet conditions.

Sergio Perez was 12th and Jarno Trulli did a good job in the Lotus to bring it on 13th. Sebastien Buemi and Pastor Maldonando followed him.

Mark Webber who was unabled to improve his lap time in the drying condition ended up the session in 16th followed by the backmarkers of Glock, Liuzzi, Ambrosio.

Paul Di Resta after the accident ended up 20th. This was his first outing at Belgian Spa and he was little nervous also from the 'Eau Rouge'

Indian Driver Karun Chandhok finished 20th in the Lotus followed by both the Renaults.

Bruno Senna has been given a chance to drive for Renault in this race weekend as he replaces Nick Heidfeld. They both are driving the seat of injured Robert Kubica. It is presumed that Bruno will drive for rest of the season. But at the moment it has been confirmed for only Spa and Monza.

Daniel Ricciardo in HRT was last.


Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1min 54.355sec
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1min 54.829sec 0.474 15
3 Jenson Button Mclaren - Mercedes 2min 02.740sec 8.385 8
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull - Renault 2min 03.752sec 9.397 10
5 Lewis Hamilton Mclaren - Mercedes 2min 04.301sec 9.946 7
6 Adrian Sutil Force India - Mercedes 2min 04.663sec 10.308 18
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2min 04.728sec 10.373 10
8 Rubens Barrichello Williams - Cosworth 2min 05.391sec 11.036 12
9 Jaime Alguersuari STR - Ferrari 2min 06.583sec 12.228 16
10 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber - Ferrari 2min 06.886sec 12.531 15
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2min 07.055sec 12.700 12
12 Sergio Perez
Sauber - Ferrari 2min 07.481sec 13.126 15
13 Jarno Trulli Lotus - Renault 2min 08.233sec 13.878 14
14 Sebastien Buemi STR - Ferrari 2min 08.239sec 13.884 14
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams - Cosworth 2min 08.918sec 14.563 10
16 Mark Webber Red Bull - Renault 2min 09.792sec 15.437 8
17 Timo Glock Virgin - Cosworth 2min 12.278sec 17.923 13
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT - Cosworth 2min 12.389sec 18.034 10
19 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin - Cosworth 2min 12.772sec 18.417 13
20 Paul Di Resta Force India - Mercedes 2min 13.058sec 18.703 8
21 Karun Chandhok Lotus - Renault 2min 13.090sec 18.735 11
22 Vitaly Petrov Renault 2min 13.601sec 19.246 10
23 Bruno Senna Renault 2min 14.340sec 19.985 7
24 Daniel Ricciardo HRT - Cosworth 2min 14.933sec 20.578 11

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23-25 November, 2012

Practice 1 : Result

Practice 2 : Result

Practice 3 : Result

Qualifying : Result

Race : Result

1 Sebastian Vettel 281
2 Fernando Alonso 278
3 Kimi Räikkönen 207
4 Lewis Hamilton 190
5 Jenson Button 188
6 Mark Webber 179
7 Felipe Massa 122
8 Romain Grosjean 96
9 Nico Rosberg 93
10 Sergio Perez 66
Full Table

1 Red Bull Racing - Renault 460
2 Ferrari 400
3 Mclaren - Mercedes 378
4 Lotus - Renault 303
5 Mercedes 142
6 Sauber - Ferrari 126
7 Force India - Mercedes 109
8 Williams - Renault 76
9 STR - Ferrari 26
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
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