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Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber lead damp Belgian Free Practice // The German leads a wet FP1, as Webber jumps up in damp FP2

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Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber lead damp Belgian Free Practice
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This is F1Minute - Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber lead Belgium Free Practice.

Quite predictably, it was a wet day in Belgium, with on and off showers over the Spa circuit. Michael Schumacher set the pace in Free Practice 1, with Nico Rosberg just behind him, both Mercedes drivers getting their fast laps in before the rain fell.

After that, there was no running at all for almost half an hour, and when the cars did take to the track, it was damp and there was no chance of beating those initial times. Both Bruno Senna, in his first weekend as a Renault race driver, and Paul di Resta, spun off into the tyre barrier, the latter causing a red flag.

FP2 started out with a damp but drying track, and Fernando Alonso was setting the pace, the first driver to try out slick tyres. He and Mark Webber battled for the top spot, with Webber eventually grabbing it just before more rain came down.

Force India had substituted Nico Hülkenberg in for Adrian Sutil, in an unusual Friday afternoon swap. Meanwhile, Paul di Resta and Senna stayed out of the barriers this time, whilst the other Renault driver Vitaly Petrov came last, suffering with steering issues in the afternoon session.