Prac One: Kamui shines in the rain

Friday 31-August-2012 10:36

Kamui Kobayashi set the pace on a slow Friday morning at Spa which saw rain wash out the first half of Practice One.

Report: Cold and wet was the order of the morning as practice got underway at Spa with Kamui Kobayashi posting the first lap time of the day, a 2:17.705. However, with the rain bucketing down at the Belgian track most drivers opted for a single installation lap and a quick-as-possible drive back into the pits.

With half the session gone Kobayashi's name was the only one on the timesheets as rivers ran across the track and fans headed into the woods to found some shelter. Nico Hulkenberg clarified the situation, saying it is "not drivable" out there and "dangerous" at Eau Rouge.

The rain eased up with 40 minutes remaining with Daniel Ricciardo making his mark as he went quickest with a 2:14.520. The Toro Rosso driver's lap prompted others to venture out although not everyone was able to stay on the track in the wet conditions.

Jean-Eric Vergne was the next to lead the way before he was overhauled by Kobayashi. However, the Sauber driver cut the Les Combes corner to set his time, a trip his team-mate Sergio Perez. followed him on seconds later.

With 30 minutes remaining Ricciardo hit the front again relegating Kobayashi to second. Vergne was third ahead of Perez, Pastor Maldonado and Mark Webber. 11 drivers had set times.

Maldonado was the next to hit the front with a 2:11.941 but soon lost out to Kobayashi. The duo were unbeatable as the session wound down with Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher - who had a massive twitch through Eau Rouge - and Lewis Hamilton putting in some very late laps but no serious running. They were ninth, 10th and 15th respectively.

The session ended with 23 times on the board of which Championship leader Fernando Alonso just slipped in with one very late and slow lap time. His team-mate Felipe Massa had a late breakdown due to an engine failure.

1 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 2:11.389 20 laps
2 Pastor Maldonado Williams 2:11.941 0.552 14 laps
3 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 2:12.004 0.615 12 laps
4 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 2:12.824 1.435 15 laps
5 Mark Webber Red Bull 2:13.191 1.802 13 laps
6 Sergio Perez Sauber 2:13.861 2.472 16 laps
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2:14.210 2.821 14 laps
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams 2:14.660 3.271 16 laps
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 2:14.860 3.471 12 laps
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2:15.402 4.013 13 laps
11 Paul di Resta Force India 2:15.812 4.423 11 laps
12 Timo Glock Marussia 2:16.409 5.020 16 laps
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 2:16.786 5.397 10 laps
14 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 2:16.788 5.399 16 laps
15 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 2:16.827 5.438 5 laps
16 Jenson Button McLaren 2:16.861 5.472 8 laps
17 Charles Pic Marussia 2:17.519 6.130 14 laps
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 2:18.199 6.810 10 laps
19 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 2:19.546 8.157 12 laps
20 Dani Clos HRT 2:19.689 8.300 12 laps
21 Romain Grosjean Lotus 2:38.701 27.312 9 laps
22 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2:40.749 29.360 4 laps
23 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 2:46.580 35.191 9 laps
Felipe Massa Ferrari 2 laps

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