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Second Spa session washed out 09 Sep 2005

Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Red Bull Racing crashes out during practice.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 9 September 2005 Fans watch the rain fall during practice.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 9 September 2005 Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 9 September 2005 Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 9 September 2005 Alex Wurz (AUT) McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 is interviewed by Austrian television.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 9 September 2005

Just three cars ventured out in Friday afternoon's practice for the Belgian Grand Prix. Two came back under their own steam, the other on the back of a truck. None of them set a time.

Five minutes before the session the heavens over the Hautes Fagnes region opened up, and only Red Bull and Vitantonio Liuzzi were bold enough to go out straight away. Unfortunately, the team’s choice of intermediate Michelins was not optimal for the conditions, and under braking for Les Combes the tail of the RB01 snapped out and sent the hapless Italian spinning into the barriers.

Liuzzi was unhurt, but the session was red flagged to clear his car and check the barriers. It resumed 15 minutes later, but still there were no takers until Robert Doornbos finally did one slow lap in his Minardi and came in. Then Fernando Alonso did his only lap of the day in the Renault, which was equipped with full wet Michelins. “The conditions were so bad that I couldn’t exceed 150 km/h,” the world championship leader reported.

Nobody else went out, and the tyre decision has now been delayed until noon on Saturday so that teams can make their choice in the morning’s practice - the forecast for which, by the way, is more rain.

Friday afternoon’s washout meant that Kimi Raikkonen’s time of 1m 48.206s from the morning session remained the quickest lap of the day.