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Maldonado crashes during second practice at Spa // Pastor crashes as Vettel sits out the session and Alonso is best of the rest

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Maldonado crashes during second practice at Spa
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Pastor Maldonado suffered a high speed crash during the second practice session in Belgium, and the Venezuelan was taken to hospital for precautionary check. He is okay though. Pastor completed just two installation laps before picking up some wheelspin out of turn nine, hitting the gravel and ending in the barriers at Pouhon. He later said it wasn’t driver error, or mechanical failure but just some bad luck.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel was also on the receiving end of some bad luck as the defending champion was unable to participate in FP2. The Red Bull driver was forced to sit out the session due to a power unit change on his car, which is a lengthy process this season.

Fernando Alonso was best of the rest behind the Mercedes pair in both sessions, although Kimi Räikkönen was struggling with a variety of different mechanical gremlins throughout the day. Both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton led one session each, proving once again just how close it is between the two of them.