Webber gets grid penalty amid Spa practice washout

  • Saturday 1st September, 2012 7:59am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
webber 344x224 Webber gets grid penalty amid Spa practice washout

Mark Webber

Mark Webber has been handed a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change in his Red Bull RB8 on a day where rain hampered running ahead of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Red Bull notified the FIA following the two 90 minute sessions that Webber’s gearbox would need changing prior to Practice 3 on Saturday morning, resulting in the Australian’s second gearbox penalty in just three races.

On track, the weather made for a difficult first day back from the mid-season break for the teams.

Kamui Kobayashi proved both the bravest and the fastest in the morning session, with the Sauber driver the only one to set a flying lap in the opening 45 minutes.

While he was eventually joined on circuit by all of his rivals, Kobayashi’s 2:11.39s best proved enough to top the time sheets ahead of Pastor Maldonado, Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne and Webber.

Just 10 drivers went on to complete flying laps in the second 90 minute session, where Charles Pic led the way with a 2:49.35s. Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Paul di Resta and Maldonado filled second through fifth.

Felipe Massa was one of a further eight drivers to complete installation laps only in the afternoon. The Brazilian’s Ferrari squad had been forced into an engine change between sessions, but elected not to push for hot laps in the horrendous conditions.

See below for the full Practice 1 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

Laps

1 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2:11.389 20
2 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 2:11.941 0.552 14
3 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 2:12.004 0.615 12
4 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 2:12.824 1.435 15
5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 2:13.191 1.802 13
6 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 2:13.861 2.472 16
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2:14.210 2.821 14
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 2:14.660 3.271 16
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 2:14.860 3.471 12
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2:15.402 4.013 13
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2:15.812 4.423 11
12 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2:16.409 5.020 16
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 2:16.786 5.397 10
14 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 2:16.788 5.399 16
15 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2:16.827 5.438 5
16 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2:16.861 5.472 8
17 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2:17.519 6.130 14
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 2:18.199 6.810 10
19 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 2:19.546 8.157 12
20 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 2:19.689 8.300 12
21 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2:38.701 27.312 9
22 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2:40.749 29.360 4
23 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 2:46.580 35.191 9
24 Felipe Massa Ferrari No time 2

See below for the full Practice 2 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

Laps

1 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2:49.354 4
2 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 2:49.750 0.396 3
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2:50.497 1.143 3
4 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2:51.333 1.979 3
5 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 2:51.660 2.306 4
6 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2:52.076 2.722 4
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2:53.232 3.878 4
8 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 2:58.232 8.878 3
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 2:59.125 9.771 5
10 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 3:12.901 23.547 4
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes No time 3
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes No time 4
13 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault No time 1
14 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes No time 2
15 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault No time 3
16 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes No time 2
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari No time 2
18 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault No time 3
19 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault No time 0
20 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault No time 0
21 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault No time 0
22 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault No time 0
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth No time 0
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth No time 0

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Belgian Grand Prix Race Guide

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