Practice 2: Webber fastest in brief dry spell

26 August, 2011

Mark Webber ended day one at Spa quickest of all

Mark Webber ended day one at Spa quickest of all

Aug.26 (Reuters & PVM) Mark Webber took advantage of a one hour dry spell in the second free practice session of the Belgium Grand Prix weekend, to claim top spot on the timing sheets at the end of a frustrating and wet day at Spa-Francorchamps.

Webber set the time during a flurry of laps in the Red Bull RB7 just before the rain came down to spoil the dry early running. Also enjoying spells at the top of the timing screens were his team mate Sebastian Vettel, Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Webber, who was on pole at Spa last year and celebrates his 35th birthday on Saturday, set the best time of 1 minute 50.321 seconds was a second an a bit shy of last year’s best time also on a rain affected opening day in the Ardennes. Only 0.140seconds off the top time was Alonso.

Oozing confidence and keeping their running to a minimum were both McLaren drivers with, Hungarian GP winner, Jenson Button and, last years winner at Spa, Lewis Hamilton ending the session third and fourth best respectively – well within sight of Webber’s best.

But an hour into the session the clouds burst and the rain came down, as it did in the morning session, to curtail any further serious running, resulting in reigning champion and runaway leader Vettel ending the session down in 10th place.

Both first practice barrier victims Bruno Senna and Paul di Resta made it back out in repaired cars, the Renault driver ending the session 17th and the Force India pilot ninth on the timing screens.

Saturday, 26 August – Practice 2

Pos No

Driver

Team

Time

Gap

Laps

1 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:50.321 22
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:50.461 0.140 19
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.770 0.449 9
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.838 0.517 9
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:51.218 0.897 15
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:51.242 0.921 23
7 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:51.655 1.334 21
8 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:51.725 1.404 18
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:51.751 1.430 9
10 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:51.790 1.469 13
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:51.922 1.601 23
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:52.750 2.429 20
13 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:52.780 2.459 26
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:52.911 2.590 25
15 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:53.009 2.688 25
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:53.156 2.835 17
17 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:53.835 3.514 21
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:55.051 4.730 20
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:55.494 5.173 23
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:56.202 5.881 15
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:56.816 6.495 21
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:57.450 7.129 19
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:57.612 7.291 24
24 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 2:02.234 11.913 12


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