Little running in very wet second session

2012 Belgian Grand Prix second practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012The first practice session was wet and saw little running – but the second was wetter and saw even less action.

Rain fell constantly from the beginning of practice and not a single driver ventured out of the pits in the first half of the 90-minute session.

Finally, with 41 minutes remaining on the clock, Nico Rosberg tentatively emerged from the pits, completing three laps in order to do practice starts.

Team mate Michael Schumacher did the same shortly afterwards. Heikki Kovalainen joined them but returned to the pits after spinning at Les Combes.

As the rain continued to fall other drivers appeared on-track briefly, including the McLaren pair and Sebastian Vettel.

A further group of drivers appeared on the track at the end of the session to do practice starts, setting the first and only times of the session.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2’49.354 4
2 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’49.750 0.396 3
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2’50.497 1.143 3
4 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2’51.333 1.979 3
5 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 2’51.660 2.306 4
6 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2’52.076 2.722 4
7 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2’53.232 3.878 4
8 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’58.232 8.878 3
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 2’59.125 9.771 5
10 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 3’12.901 23.547 4
11 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 3
12 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 4
13 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1
14 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2
15 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 3
16 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2
17 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2
18 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 3
19 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 0
20 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 0
21 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 0
22 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 0
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 0
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 0

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49 comments on Little running in very wet second session

  1. andae23 (@andae23) said on 31st August 2012, 14:45

    I’m afraid we have seen the highlight of Charles Pic’s career…

  2. Nick Jarvis (@nickj95gb) said on 31st August 2012, 14:50

    what’s everyone’s prediction for qualifying then? assuming it’s dry
    I’m going to say Webber, Raikkonen, Alonso, Grosjean, Hamilton, Vettel, Button.

  3. Mike (@mike) said on 31st August 2012, 15:05

    What’s the weather likely to be tomorrow?

  4. Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 31st August 2012, 15:06

    And we have the grand total of 54 laps done in total, that’s not even a car per min for the fans seating along the track, quite a difficult day for them … Cold and wet and no much running, but should be much beter during the WE ^^

  5. Well, the much talked DDRS or “The Device” as Renault would put it, has lost it’s importance then. Paddy Lowe did not believe a single device could bring 0.5secs on any car this season. We will never find out this Weekend.

    Now, Kimi (the-car-destroyer, as I used to call him during his time at McLaren), will have some excuses for not taking pole and winning on Sunday, that is if Grosjean did not win ;)

  6. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 31st August 2012, 15:22

    At least it happened right after 5 weeks with no F1 at all. We can wait one more day.

  7. Armchair Expert (@armchairexpert) said on 31st August 2012, 15:25

    I have a question. All cars crossed start/finish line after session ended to start laps we see in classification. Surely there were no timed laps done, right? Just because timing registered them, it doesn’t matter they count. Am I right or wrong?

  8. Praeda said on 31st August 2012, 15:30

    I don’t think it is fair that in other qualifying sessions the fastest driver’s name is almost always displayed in the title of an article. “Kobayashi heads wet first practice session at Spa”, for example. But not this time. Although Charles Pic clearly “won” P2 due to horrible weather conditions, we still need to give Pic the equal respect.

  9. Metal Mr. L (@metalluigi) said on 31st August 2012, 15:36

    Hey Keith, this’ll be one for stats and facts, but when was the last time the lowest-ranked car (Car 25 in this case) set a fastest time in any session?

    • Praeda said on 31st August 2012, 15:37

      Barrichello in 09 and Kovalainen in 08?

      • icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 31st August 2012, 17:17

        Rubens and Heiki? They both had arguably the fastest car which won the championship in 09 and 08 respectively?

        • They were both car number 23 though in those seasons, which were the lowest numbers on the grid. Back when the numbering system was different, car numbers 27 and 28 used to be pretty fast, as they used to be the Ferrari cars, and in 1990, McLaren.

        • @Icemangrins @Metalluigi and the last time a low-ranked car like set fastest time was in Belgium in 1995, Gehard Berger (Car no. 28) was on pole, ahead of Jean Alesi (Car no. 27). This was back using said old numbering system though.

    • AlonsoWDC (@alonsowdc) said on 31st August 2012, 19:12

      Back when the regulations allowed a team not classified in the T4 of the previous Championship a third car to use on Fridays, this sort of thing happened all the time because those test cars were (I think) numbered in the 30-39 range.

  10. Stretch (@stretch) said on 31st August 2012, 17:04

    What part of the track is the Vettel photo above? I can’t picture it from what I’ve seen on TV.

  11. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 31st August 2012, 17:05

    What a great picture to accompany the article, love it!

  12. Eggry (@eggry) said on 31st August 2012, 17:59

    Clearly, someone there don’t want to see Lotus going well :)
    Anyway, DDRS is not the biggest issue Lotus should concern. It’s tyre temperature issue. This weekend is supposed to be very cool and E20 hates cool weather. We will see they adressed it or not.

  13. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 31st August 2012, 18:14

    Pic’s seat is safe for next year then ;)

  14. Klon (@klon) said on 31st August 2012, 21:19

    So here I was, having sat through 90 minutes of literally nothing and I thought I’d be rewarded for that with the once-in-a-lifetime “Pic fastest in wet Free Pratice 2″ headline – but no, only sore disappointment and a too reasonable boring header.

    Having sympathy for smaller teams sure is suffering.

    • Nickpkr said on 31st August 2012, 22:18 did put it out big header, PIC did put the fastest time in P2 and several others dare to try it.

  15. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st September 2012, 8:38

    Where was that image at the top of the article taken?

    It looks like the pit entry, but I wasn’t aware there was such a sheer drop off to one side.

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