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Webber best on second practice

The Aussie driver led the way over Alonso by a mere tenth of a second. Both McLaren followed a half second behind.
Friday, August 26, 2011

Saa-francorchamps, Belgium, Aug 26, 2011 (AFP) - Mark Webber set himself up for a memorable 35th birthday on Saturday when he topped the times for Red Bull in Friday afternoon's second free practice session for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

The Australian, who is the only man among the leading drivers still without a win this year, clocked a fastest time of one minute and 50.321 seconds to outstrip his nearest rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari by one-tenth of a second.

Two-times champion Spaniard Alonso was one of several men to trade fastest laps with Webber along with his Red Bull team-mate and defending champion German Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Briton Jenson Button.

Seven-times champion German Michael Schumacher, 42, had topped the times in the morning's opening session for Mercedes, marking the 20th anniversary of his Formula One debut with a flourish.

But in the afternoon he wad down in 11th, five places behind his Mercedes team-mate compatriot Nico Rosberg, while Vettel wound up 10th.
Button was third ahead of his McLaren team-mate and fellow-Briton Lewis Hamilton, the 2009 and 2008 champions maintaining impressive progress on a day of near-incessant heavy rain at the majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the sprawling pine forests of the Belgian Ardennes.

Alonso's Ferrari team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa, a fortunate winner of last year's race, was fifth ahead of Rosberg, Mexican Sergio Perez of Sauber
and German Nico Hulkenberg, who revelled in a rare opportunity to have a day's running for the Force India team.

Briton Paul Di Resta was ninth in the second Force India car ahead of Vettel and Schumacher. Few fans at the track can have enjoyed their day other than the true die-hards as Spa's infamous and capricious micro-climate delivered a deluge that forced many to hide under canvas in the campsites.

See bellow for partial results:

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 2 TIMES (FP2)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:50.321 22
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:50.461 0.140 19
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.770 0.449 9
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.838 0.517 9
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:51.218 0.897 15
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:51.242 0.921 23
7 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:51.655 1.334 21
8 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:51.725 1.404 18
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:51.751 1.430 9
10 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:51.790 1.469 13
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:51.922 1.601 23
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:52.750 2.429 20
13 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:52.780 2.459 26
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:52.911 2.590 25
15 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:53.009 2.688 25
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:53.156 2.835 17
17 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:53.835 3.514 21
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:55.051 4.730 20
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:55.494 5.173 23
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:56.202 5.881 15
21 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:56.816 6.495 21
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:57.450 7.129 19
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:57.612 7.291 24
24 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 2:02.234 11.913 12

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