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Practice Two - Pic and Marussia lead Belgian washout 31 Aug 2012

Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Friday, 31 August 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Friday, 31 August 2012 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Friday, 31 August 2012 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India F1 VJM05.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Friday, 31 August 2012

It tells you all you need to know about a washed out second practice session at Spa on Friday afternoon that the first timed lap came three minutes after the chequered flag fell.

After the majority of drivers had restricted themselves again to out and in laps, a few gathered finally to post some lap times with five minutes left, after continuous rain left rivers all over the track and discouraged serious attempts to go fast.

It was Williams' Pastor Maldonado who set the first time, 2m 51.660s, but that didn't last long as the fastest and on the 50th occasion of a Marussia appearance in a Grand Prix it was rookie Charles Pic who grabbed the fastest time with 2m 49.354s. It was a pretty good effort from the impressive young Frenchman.

Daniel Ricciardo was 0.356s slower in his Toro Rosso with 2m 49.750s, while Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari on 2m 50.497s.

Paul di Resta also slipped ahead of Maldonado in his Force India with 2m 51.333s, leaving the Venezuelan fifth. Then came Timo Glock on 2m 52.076s for Marussia, Kamui Kobayashi on 2m 53.232s for Sauber, Jean-Eric Vergne on 2m 58.232s for Toro Rosso, Nico Hulkenberg on 2m 59.125s for Force India and Sergio Perez on 3m 12.901s for Sauber.

Vergne had the purple times in the first and second sectors, but had to back off in the third as drivers ahead of him were practicing standing starts on the pit straight.

Mercedes team mates Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen (who spun at Les Combes on his out lap), McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, McLaren's Jenson Button, Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Williams' Bruno Senna also went out, but did not record times.

Red Bull's Mark Webber, Lotus team mates Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, Caterham's Vitaly Petrov, and HRT's Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan stayed in their garages.

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