Spa-francorchamps, Aug 31, 2012 (AFP) - Formula One fans were left disappointed on Friday after heavy rain meant very little track action during
the second practice for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
Not a single lap time was set during the 90-minute afternoon session and only 15 drivers spent any time on track as teams opted to save their limited
supplies of wet weather Pirelli rubber and avoid any damage to their cars with better weather predicted for the rest of the weekend.
Almost an hour had passed before German Nico Rosberg of Mercedes decided to brave the soggy Spa track. A handful of drivers followed but were quick to
return to the pits, German Michael Schumacher had the most running in the other Mercedes, still a mere four laps.
Regardless, Charles Pic has officially set the fastest time in the session. It seemed as though no times would come across the rain-affected 90 minutes, but several drivers were classified despite beginning their final runs in the pit lane.
Pic might have been fastest, but with this ocassion, it was the first time in seven years that not a single competitive lap time had been registered in an Formula 1 session; ironically, when only three cars ventured out of the pits here at Spa back in 2005.
This situation will spice things up a since no real data is available something that add more uncertainty. If it keeps reaining for tomorrow's last session, things would be interesting for 'pole' and even more for the race.
That meant Japanese Kamui Kobayashi, one of several drivers to have braved the ever-worsening conditions during the morning session, finished the day
fastest for Sauber after clocking a time of two minutes 11.389 seconds, half a second quicker than Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado of Williams.
The times below:
.1. Charles Pic (FRA/Marussia MR01) 2:49.354 .2. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Toro Rosso STR7) 2:49.750 .3. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari F2012) 2:50.497 .4. Paul di Resta (FRA/Force India VJM05) 2:51.333 .5. Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams FW34) 2:51.660 .6. Timo Glock (GER/Marussia MR01) 2:52.079 .7. Kamui Kobayashi (JPN/Sauber C31) 2:53.232 .8. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso STR7) 2:58.232 .9. Niko Hülkenberg (GER/Force India VJM05) 2:59.125 10. Sergio Pérez (MEX/Sauber C31) 3:12.901 11. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes F1 W03) s.t. 12. Michael Schumacher (GER/Mercedes F1 W03) s.t. 13. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN/Caterham CT01) s.t. 14. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/McLaren MP4-27) s.t. 15. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull RB8) s.t. 16. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren MP4-27) s.t. 17. Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari F2012) s.t. 18. Bruno Senna (BRA/Williams FW34) s.t.