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Belgium 2008 - Free Practice 1 // From new to old, Spa-Francorchamps hosts the next F1 round

Published by Christine

Finally we can put Valencia behind us and move on. From the early anticipation to arguments about the track to the pit lane antics of Ferrari, it really feels like we have been talking about it forever. Now it's time to move on, and what better place to follow the European GP than Belgium and the ever-popular Spa.

The three day test at Monza was really setup for the Italian race next weekend, and with Fisichella finishing third at one point, it didn't really offer up any insight into the possibilities of this weekend. One particular man to watch out for is Nick Heidfeld, who is under pressure from his team to buck up his ideas a bit. He may want to get in plenty of practice before trying his best in qualifying so as not to start in the traffic.

For some reason, the battle at the top seems to have segregated into team only warfare. Hamilton proclaims that McLaren are better than Ferrari so he's not particularly worried, whilst Massa says his only rival is Räikkönen - who will also support him if need be. Doesn't seem like antagonising him is the best way to garner support from your team mate, but presumably Massa knows what he's doing.

This is Kimi's track, but with the weather looking to be inclement for the majority of the weekend, Ferrari may find themselves struggling. If the wet weather becomes an issue, then at least any tyre problems will vanish, but at Spa, handling the rain is not easy.

Still, all that is to come. For now, we have Free Practice 1 to watch, and hopefully there will be something to see. With the weather bright at the moment, but showers expected later, this may be our only opportunity of seeing the cars out on track. We'll be watching the ITV live stream, and using F1.com's Live Timing. Check out our Formula 1 on the Internet page for alternate links or post in the comments if you have found any. Talking of comments, click the triangle in the top right to visit the Live Commenting Live... Thing so you don't have to keep pressing F5.




Finally we can put Valencia behind us and move on. From the early anticipation to arguments about the track to the pit lane antics of Ferrari, it really feels like we have been talking about it forever.

Event start

09:00GMT +01:00

5 September 2008