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Friday, August 28, 2009

Hamilton leads first day at Spa

Lewis Hamilton continued McLaren’s renaissance, taking top spot in Friday practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Practice

The Briton topped Toyota’s Timo Glock in the second session. Kimi Raikkonen was third in the Ferrari.

Rain more or less scuppered the first session, with Jarno Trulli leading things on a dry track before the rain started to fall. Jenson Button was second for Brawn GP and Fernando Alonso third for Renault.

But it was not a day for the title contenders. In the trend-setting (dry) afternoon session, Mark Webber managed a fourth, but teammate Sebastian Vettel was tenth, and Button and Rubens Barrichello were 17th and 18th. Both teams will be looking for drastic improvements tomorrow.

Of course, how much of Vettel’s performance was due to engine conservation (he skipped the first session) is up for debate.

Times remain close, which should make for an interesting session tomorrow, and at Spa, weather is sure to play a factor.

First session
  1. Jarno Trulli, Toyota 1:49.675
  2. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes 1:50.283
  3. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:50.368
  4. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:51.045
  5. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:51.529
  6. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 1:52.321
  7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:52.930
  8. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 1:53.383
  9. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber 1:53.650
  10. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:55.068
  11. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes 2:03.972
  12. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 2:04.505
  13. Romain Grosjean, Renault, 2:05.513
  14. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber 2:05.614
  15. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota 2:05.705
  16. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes 2:05.839
  17. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 2:06.181
  18. Timo Glock, Toyota, 2:06.331
  19. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault No time
  20. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes No time

Second session
  1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.201s
  2. Timo Glock, Toyota 1:47.217s
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1:47.285s
  4. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 1:47.329s
  5. Romain Grosjean, Renault 1:47.333s
  6. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes 1:47.506s
  7. Jarno Trulli, Toyota 1:47.559s
  8. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber 1:47.578s
  9. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:47.579s
  10. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault 1:47.602s
  11. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:47.702s
  12. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.743s
  13. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes 1:47.790s
  14. Fernando Alonso, Renault 1:47.862s
  15. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota 1:47.961s
  16. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber 1:48.017s
  17. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes 1:48.125s
  18. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 1:48.130s
  19. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 1:48.360s
  20. Luca Badoer, Ferrari 1:49.211s

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