Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2013

Alonso ahead as rain disrupts first practice

2013 Belgian Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso led the times as rain disrupted practice at Spa-Francorchamps.

Sporadic showers created problems for teams in the first 90 minutes of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The track was damp when the session began and only a handful of teams were tempted to run on intermediate tyres in the tricky conditions. Among them were Lotus and Sauber, both eager to complete some running with their drag reduction devices.

As the track began to dry Red Bull were the first team to send their drivers out on slick tyres. Once they were happy the conditions were stable enough they took advantage of the brief window of dry running to test a new front wing.

The track was at its busiest at this point with almost every driver lapping at the same time. The beginning and end of the lap were the last to dry, and driver after driver out-braked themselves and ran wide at the the chicane. Lewis Hamilton had a near-miss when he was caught out by Esteban Gutierrez braking earlier than he expected for the corner.

The Lotus drivers missed the opportunity to run when the track was at its driest and ended up at the bottom of the times as the rain returned late in the session. The track improved enough for several drivers to return to the track in the final minutes, but none were able to improve their lap times.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’55.198 11
2 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’55.224 0.026 10
3 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’55.373 0.175 11
4 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’55.518 0.320 14
5 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’55.614 0.416 10
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’55.636 0.438 14
7 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’55.954 0.756 18
8 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’56.110 0.912 11
9 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’56.770 1.572 14
10 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’56.858 1.660 18
11 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’56.863 1.665 10
12 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’57.081 1.883 14
13 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’57.084 1.886 17
14 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’57.281 2.083 14
15 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’57.358 2.160 10
16 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’57.821 2.623 16
17 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’57.887 2.689 16
18 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’58.600 3.402 14
19 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’58.929 3.731 12
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’59.209 4.011 12
21 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’59.441 4.243 11
22 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2’03.176 7.978 15

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