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Belgium 2008 - Free Practice 2 // A quiet FP1 leads to a second session at Spa-Francorchamps

Published by Christine

FP1 wasn't a spectacular start to the racing weekend, but the greenery makes all the difference after the blandness of the last location. It was dry to start with, and mercifully, we didn't have to wait too long for some proper lap times - amazingly it was a Ferrari putting down the first marker.

It worked out well for them, for although Räikkönen had a slow start, the pair topped the times for the first session.

A little bit of rain spiced up the action towards the end, but it was mostly a few slip ups here and there, and no major incidents.

Things to watch out for in Free Practice 2 include the Toro Rosso boys, who both seem to be showing well again this weekend. Heidfeld hasn't exactly shone yet, but then he was only just behind Kubica in 11th this morning. Also, Alonso is putting in a fine performance so far, and it will be interesting to see if the Renault can keep it up all day.

At the bottom of the timesheets, both Hondas feature prominently, whilst Nakajima fell behind the Force India boys. He will be looking to improve somewhat, although Rosberg doesn't seem to be finding it easy either.

We'll be watching ITV's live stream and scrutinising Bernie's live timing service, but feel free to post any other useful streams in the comments. Talking of which, don't forget the Live Commenting Live... Thing for the auto-refresh feature.




FP1 wasn't a spectacular start to the racing weekend, but the greenery makes all the difference after the blandness of the last location. It was dry to start with, and mercifully, we didn't have to wait too long for some proper lap times - amazingly it was a Ferrari putting down the first marker.

Event start

13:00GMT +01:00

5 September 2008