The weather in the first free practice not only typified everything one comes to expect from the Ardennes micro-climate, it also gave the paddock a thoroughly accurate template for the rest of the weekend.
Fernando Alonso set the early pace for Ferrari, and did so for most of the 90-minutes, proving the most adept at finding the grip and learning when was the most appropriate time to switch to intermediates.
A huge downpour half-way through the session brought the field in, but as soon as the rain came, it was gone again - replaced by blue skies and puffy clouds.
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