Prac One: Alonso P1 in changing conditions

Friday 23rd August 2013

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Prac One: Alonso P1 in changing conditions

Prac One: Alonso P1 in changing conditions

Fernando Alonso set the pace in Friday's opening practice session at Spa but it was the weather that controlled proceedings.

As the rain came down at the Belgian circuit in the lead up to FP1, the session began on a wet track with Jenson Button setting the pace with a 2:00.510.

It wasn't until halfway through practice that the real running got underway as the improving conditions meant more drivers ventured out.

This sparked a frantic battle for the P1 slot with the Mercs, Mercedes, Force Indias and the Red Bulls all taking a turn at the front.

However, just before the rain returned it was Alonso who went quickest with a 1:55.198 on the hard Pirelli tyres.

That time put the Ferrari driver 0.026s up on Paul di Resta while Adrain Sutil was third, a further 0.149s off the pace.

Sergio Perez was fourth ahead of Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg while Button, who spent much of the session at the very front, had dropped to P14 when the rain fell.

The rain in the final 20 minutes meant those who ventured out where unable to better their earlier times and Alonso held onto the P1 position.

Times
01 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:55.198 11 laps
2 Paul di Resta Force India 1:55.224 0.026 10 laps
3 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:55.373 0.175 11 laps
4 Sergio Perez McLaren 1:55.518 0.320 14 laps
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:55.614 0.416 10 laps
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:55.636 0.438 14 laps
7 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:55.954 0.756 18 laps
8 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1:56.110 0.912 11 laps
9 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:56.770 1.572 14 laps
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:56.858 1.660 18 laps
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:56.863 1.665 10 laps
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:57.081 1.883 14 laps
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:57.084 1.886 17 laps
14 Jenson Button McLaren 1:57.281 2.083 14 laps
15 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:57.358 2.160 10 laps
16 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:57.821 2.623 16 laps
17 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1:57.887 2.689 16 laps
18 Max Chilton Marussia 1:58.600 3.402 14 laps
19 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:58.929 3.731 12 laps
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:59.209 4.011 12 laps
21 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:59.441 4.243 11 laps
22 Romain Grosjean Lotus 2:03.176 7.978 15 laps

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