Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012

Kobayashi heads wet first practice session at Spa

2012 Belgian Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012Kamui Kobayashi was the quickest driver in a very wet first practice session at Spa-Francorchamps.

After a five-week break the weather ensured the fans at Spa had to wait a little longer to see much F1 action. Rain fell steadily at the beginning of the session, discouraging most drivers from doing anything more than installation laps.

The one exception was Kamui Kobayashi, the only driver to set a time in the first half of the session, setting a best time of 2’17.705.

It wasn’t until the second half of the session that the rain eased and drivers began taking to the circuit. The Toro Rosso pair came out first and were joined by Kobayashi.

Daniel Ricciardo and Pastor Maldonado improved on Kobayashi’s best time, but the Sauber driver took the top spot back with a best time of 2’11.389.

Towards the end of the session the rain returned before several drivers had gone out in the best of the conditions. But all the drivers were on-track for the final moments in order to do practice starts.

Michael Schumacher, Paul di Resta and Pastor Maldonado all had brushes with disaster at Eau Rouge as the track conditions deteriorated – Schumacher in particular having a sudden twitch as he touched the kerb on the way into the corner.

In the final moments of the session Felipe Massa pulled over at the Bus Stop chicane with more than just water spray coming from the back of his Ferrari. “I’ve lost my engine – the engine is broken,” he told his team.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2’11.389 20
2 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 2’11.941 0.552 14
3 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’12.004 0.615 12
4 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’12.824 1.435 15
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 2’13.191 1.802 13
6 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 2’13.861 2.472 16
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2’14.210 2.821 14
8 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 2’14.660 3.271 16
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2’14.860 3.471 12
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2’15.402 4.013 13
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2’15.812 4.423 11
12 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2’16.409 5.020 16
13 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 2’16.786 5.397 10
14 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 2’16.788 5.399 16
15 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2’16.827 5.438 5
16 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2’16.861 5.472 8
17 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2’17.519 6.130 14
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 2’18.199 6.810 10
19 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 2’19.546 8.157 12
20 23 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 2’19.689 8.300 12
21 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2’38.701 27.312 9
22 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2’40.749 29.360 4
23 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 2’46.580 35.191 9
24 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari No time 2

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