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Belgium 2008 - Free Practice 3 // A third session to try and perfect final setups at Spa

Published by Christine

Although some of us prayed for the rain to come and spice things up a bit, the one thing it does do is make things very confusing. We've had two sessions in the wet at Spa now, and we haven't really learned much. It does seem like Ferrari have the upper hand so far this weekend, but then by their own admission, McLaren weren't actually trying very hard yesterday.

The weather looks set to be a bit less damp today, although there was a lot of rain overnight. Showers are predicted for the morning, but things should start clearing up by the time qualifying gets going. Either way it looks like FP3 will at least start damp, whether it gets any worse we'll have to wait and see.

Several drivers will be hoping conditions stay clear for them, as they missed out on plenty of running yesterday. Webber, Räikkönen and Fisichella in particular all spent some time tucked into the tyre barriers, so they will be wanting to make the most of any dry areas on track today. Kubica also couldn't find anything positive to say about his car, so for the sake of his sanity, I'm hoping he has a good day.

We should also see more experimentation with the tyres if it is dry today, although if weather predictions show more rain for the weekend, it's not going to make that much difference. So far it looks like the softer tyre is the faster option, but as a long lap, they could wear out quite quickly. Hopefully we'll see some evidence of that this morning.

For whatever reason, ITV aren't aware that Free Practice 3 exists, so we'll be hunting for video on the web. If you know of any, please feel free to share in the comments. ITV aren't showing Free Practice 3 and have yet to explain themselves as to why. We'll be hunting for video on the web. 5live Sports Extra are supposed to be covering the session, so hopefully we will at least have audio to go with the pretty numbers.




Although some of us prayed for the rain to come and spice things up a bit, the one thing it does do is make things very confusing. We've had two sessions in the wet at Spa now, and we haven't really learned much.

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6 September 2008