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F1 NEWS 

Hamilton tops second practice at Spa

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Belgian GPWorld champion Lewis Hamilton put in a sequence of spectacular laps to go fastest at the end of the second free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

The McLaren driver delivered a lairy 1m47.201s lap to bump Timo Glock's fast Toyota to second place as the pair were separated by just 0.016s.

Despite the flying McLaren, Toyota signalled that it may be a strong contender this weekend as it put a car in the top two in both sessions - Jarno Trulli having gone quickest in FP1.

Kimi Raikkonen, always a favourite at Spa, was third fastest. The Ferrari driver was close to the target as well, just 0.084s off Hamilton's time.

Mark Webber ended the session fourth, the Australian world championship contender having been on top for much of the session. Romain Grosjean was an impressive fifth fastest for Renault as the rookie delivered a late flier. Likewise Giancarlo Fisichella, who was sixth for Force India.

Trulli was seventh ahead of Robert Kubica, another impressive rookie Jaime Alguersuari in ninth and Sebastian Vettel completing the top ten.

Alguersuari spent most of the session in the top ten and and his only low moment was a suspected engine failure late on at the Fagnes chicane. That may have been the cause of late offs for Hamilton and Raikkonen at the same place on the last lap of the session.

Neither Brawn driver cracked the top ten - Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello 17th and 18th.

Luca Badoer's miserable Ferrari spell continued. Despite significant improvement late on in the session to find a second in his own pace, it turned out to be only relative as others increased their speed late on. In the end the Italian was last, 2.010s off the pace, and nearly a second behind his nearest rival Nico Rosberg.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
 1.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:47.201           29
 2.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:47.217  + 0.016  29
 3.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:47.285  + 0.084  26
 4.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:47.329  + 0.128  31
 5.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:47.333  + 0.132  34
 6.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:47.506  + 0.305  27
 7.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:47.559  + 0.358  33
 8.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:47.578  + 0.377  33
 9.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:47.579  + 0.378  36
10.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:47.602  + 0.401  25
11.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:47.702  + 0.501  38
12.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:47.743  + 0.542  33
13.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:47.790  + 0.589  29
14.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:47.862  + 0.661  30
15.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:47.961  + 0.760  32
16.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:48.017  + 0.816  30
17.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:48.125  + 0.924  34
18.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:48.130  + 0.929  37
19.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:48.360  + 1.159  29
20.  Badoer       Ferrari               (B)  1:49.211  + 2.010  30

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