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Mark Webber fastest at wet Spa-Francorchamps

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Saturday 27th August, 2011 - 12:10am

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Mark Webber has ended a rain interrupted opening day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix on top of the time sheets.

The Australian set the fastest time of 1:50.32s just past the halfway point in the afternoon session before heavy rain hit the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Fernando Alonso was second fastest, 0.14s adrift of Webber, while Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa rounded out the top five.

The morning’s session saw just 10 minutes of dry running completed before rain arrived, with Mercedes duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg leading the way having been the only two drivers to complete flying laps prior to the showers.

Trouble struck Renault’s Bruno Senna and Force India’s Paul di Resta in Practice 1, with both drivers crashing into the outside tyre barrier at the unnamed left-hander after Rivage. The pair escaped the incidents without injury and returned for the afternoon session.

See below for the session times

Practice 1

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

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

 Practice 2

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

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

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Spa Race Guide

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