Mark Webber, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Webber fastest before the rain returns

2011 Belgian GP second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Mark Webber was fastest in the second practice session at Spa.

The teams made the most of an hour’s running without rain and the times tumbled as the drivers used first intermediate tyres and then slicks.

Bruno Senna returned to the track after his crash in first practice and immediately went third fastest. He was briefly quickest of all as he traded times with team mate Vitaly Petrov.

Fernando Alonso was the first driver to use the medium slick tyre and took the fastest time off Webber by over four seconds.

With the prospect of fresh rain arriving the drivers hurried up their programmes to get some running done on soft tyres. Nico Rosberg used a set to go fastest.

But it was Webber who set the best time before the rain returned, setting the mark at 1’50.321.

Alonso was second-fastest ahead of the McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

Felipe Massa was fifth ahead of Rosberg and Sergio Perez.

The two Force Indias of Nico H???lkenberg and Paul di Resta were separated by two hundredths of a second in eighth and ninth, with Sebastian Vettel completing the top ten.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’50.321 22
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’50.461 0.140 19
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.770 0.449 9
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.838 0.517 9
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’51.218 0.897 14
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’51.242 0.921 23
7 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’51.655 1.334 21
8 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’51.725 1.404 18
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’51.751 1.430 9
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’51.790 1.469 13
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’51.922 1.601 23
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’52.750 2.429 20
13 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’52.780 2.459 26
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’52.911 2.590 25
15 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’53.009 2.688 25
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’53.156 2.835 17
17 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’53.835 3.514 21
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’55.051 4.730 20
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’55.494 5.173 23
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’56.202 5.881 15
21 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’56.816 6.495 21
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’57.450 7.129 19
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’57.612 7.291 24
24 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 2’02.234 11.913 12

2011 Belgian Grand Prix

Browse all 2011 Belgian Grand Prix articles

Image ?? Red Bull/Getty images