Practice Two - Alonso keeps his grip on Spa 27 Aug 2010
After all the rain in Belgium on Friday morning and through lunch, it was dry for the second practice session during the afternoon, which was halted for a few minutes with a quarter of an hour to run because spectators were suspected to be in a dangerous area.
Adrian Sutil set the pace throughout for Force India, only to be upstaged right at the end when Fernando Alonso bettered him by 0.125s in the Ferrari. The Spaniard lapped in 1m 49.032s, compared to the Germans 1m 49.157s.
Lewis Hamilton kept Sutil honest all afternoon, and was delighted with third fastest time of 1m 49.248s for McLaren. Team mate Jenson Button was seventh on 1m 49.755s. In between them came Robert Kubica in the F-ducted Renault on 1m 49.282s, then Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari on 1m 49.588s and Sebastian Vettel in the leading Red Bull on 1m 49.689s.
Pedro de la Rosa was BMW Saubers leader this time, with 1m 50.081s which left him eighth ahead of Rubens Barrichellos Williams on 1m 50.128s, Kamui Kobayashis BMW Sauber on 1m 50.200s, Vitaly Petrov on 1m 50.251s for Renault, and Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg on 1m 50.341s and 1m 50.382s respectively for Mercedes. Jaime Alguersuari was again the faster Toro Rosso driver in 14th place on 1m 50.682s, ahead of Nico Hulkenbergs Williams on 1m 50.831s.
Vitantonio Liuzzi went off briefly before the track dried out, but recovered to 16th place on 1m 51.520s, with Toro Rossos Sebastien Buemi right behind his Force India on 1m 51.523s. Red Bulls Mark Webber did only 15 laps, for a 1m 51.636s best which left him 18th.
Lotus reasserted themselves in the newbie stakes, with Heikki Kovalainen just ahead of team mate Jarno Trulli, 1m 53.480s to 1m 53.639s. Lucas di Grassi took his Virgin round in 1m 54.325s for 21st, followed by Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamotos HRTs on 1m 55.751s and 1m 56.039s respectively. Timo Glock was at the back on 2m 03.179s, having put his Virgin into the tyre wall after appearing to lose the back end on a wet kerb.