Practice One - Alonso makes the eau rouge 27 Aug 2010
As expected, it rained in Spa on Friday morning. And rained. At one stage nobody was out on the track as a torrential downpour kept all 24 cars and drivers in their garages. But everyone went out at one time or other as extreme wet Bridgestones remained the order of the day, and Fernando Alonso set the pace all the way through with Lewis Hamilton hot on his heels.
As things improved a little after the torrent, Alonso reduced his time as he took his Ferrari round in 2m 00.797s, with Hamiltons McLaren closest on 2m 01.567s, 0.770s. If anything highlighted the current performance gap between the two teams, it was that.
Sebastian Vettel was third until the closing stages, when Robert Kubica pushed his Renault ahead with 2m 02.081s, leaving Vettel fourth on 2m 02.450s. Right behind the Red Bull came Adrian Sutil, starring again for Force India with 2m 02.646s, then Jenson Button in the second McLaren on 2m 02.913s and birthday boy Mark Webber on 2m 02.926s in the second Red Bull.
Kamui Kobayashi was eighth for BMW Sauber with 2m 03.401s, followed by Rubens Barrichello on 2m 03.424s for Williams, Michael Schumacher on 2m 03.489s for Mercedes, Felipe Massa on 2m 03.601s in the second Ferrari, Nico Hulkenberg on 2m 03.649s in the second Williams, Nico Rosberg on 2m 03.654s in the second Mercedes and Pedro de la Rosa on 2m 03.851s in the second BMW Sauber.
Vitantonio Liuzzi managed 2m 04.145s in his Force India to head Jaime Alguersuaris Toro Rosso (2m 04.250s) and Vitaly Petrovs Renault on 2m 04.690s, then Sebastien Buemi did 2m 05.680s in the other Toro Rosso which left him just ahead of Virgin duo Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi on 2m 05.697s and 2m 06.695s respectively. Lotuss Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen sandwiched Bruno Sennas HRT, with 2m 07.189s and 2m 07.955s to the Brazilians 2m 07.737s. At the back, Sakon Yamamoto lapped his HRT in 2m 10.507s.
Surprisingly there were no major incidents, with just Massa, Petrov and Kovalainen going off course into run-off areas.
It wasnt a session to read too much into, because many will only push really hard if qualifying is wet and it depended what time you ran as conditions changed, but with rain likely at all times this weekend it provided some valuable data for the engineers just in case.