Webber gets grid penalty amid Spa practice washout

Saturday 1st September, 2012

7:59am

Author: SpeedCafe ©

Mark Webber

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

1Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari2:11.38920
2Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault2:11.9410.55214
3Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari2:12.0040.61512
4Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari2:12.8241.43515
5Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault2:13.1911.80213
6Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari2:13.8612.47216
7Nico RosbergMercedes2:14.2102.82114
8Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault2:14.6603.27116
9Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault2:14.8603.47112
10Michael SchumacherMercedes2:15.4024.01313
11Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes2:15.8124.42311
12Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth2:16.4095.02016
13Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes2:16.7865.39710
14Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault2:16.7885.39916
15Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes2:16.8275.4385
16Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes2:16.8615.4728
17Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth2:17.5196.13014
18Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault2:18.1996.81010
19Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth2:19.5468.15712
20Dani ClosHRT-Cosworth2:19.6898.30012
21Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault2:38.70127.3129
22Fernando AlonsoFerrari2:40.74929.3604
23Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault2:46.58035.1919
24Felipe MassaFerrariNo time2

See below for the full Practice 2 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

Laps

1Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth2:49.3544
2Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari2:49.7500.3963
3Fernando AlonsoFerrari2:50.4971.1433
4Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes2:51.3331.9793
5Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault2:51.6602.3064
6Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth2:52.0762.7224
7Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari2:53.2323.8784
8Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari2:58.2328.8783
9Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes2:59.1259.7715
10Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari3:12.90123.5474
11Nico RosbergMercedesNo time3
12Michael SchumacherMercedesNo time4
13Heikki KovalainenCaterham-RenaultNo time1
14Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-MercedesNo time2
15Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-RenaultNo time3
16Jenson ButtonMcLaren-MercedesNo time2
17Felipe MassaFerrariNo time2
18Bruno SennaWilliams-RenaultNo time3
19Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-RenaultNo time0
20Kimi RäikkönenLotus-RenaultNo time0
21Romain GrosjeanLotus-RenaultNo time0
22Vitaly PetrovCaterham-RenaultNo time0
23Pedro de la RosaHRT-CosworthNo time0
24Narain KarthikeyanHRT-CosworthNo time0

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

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