Second Practice Washed Out - Belgium

The second practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix was a complete wash-out after heavy rain poured down over the Spa-Francorchamps circuit forcing all the drivers to stay in their garage for most of the session.

Running was stopped just five minutes into the one-hour session after Red Bull Racing driver Vitantonio Liuzzi crashed heavily and not a single driver set a time leaving fans in the grandstands staring at the rain.

Only Italian Liuzzi, Minardi driver Robert Doornbos, of the Netherlands, and championship leader Fernando Alonso ventured out on the track but none completed a full lap before returning to the pits.

Raikkonen had finished the first session on top of the pile with a late lap time of 1:48.206 to put him ahead of test driver Wurz, who finished just one hundredth of a second slower in second with Fisichella third.

But teams chose to avoid running in the second session for fear of a car-damaging crash or putting miles on their engines due to new regulations that force them to use one engine for two races.

The only action came when Liuzzi's car swerved left under braking for Les Combes and spun 180 degrees before hitting the barriers on the right hand side then spinning across the gravel and coming to rest at a second set of barriers.

The session was stopped immediately as Liuzzi's stricken machine was craned away and when the green light came on again nine minutes later there was no action other than Alonso, who completed an exploration lap in his Renault.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) No Time 1 2. Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth (B) No Time 1 3. Alonso Renault (M) No Time 1 4. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) No Time 0 5. Barrichello Ferrari (B) No Time 0 6. Button BAR-Honda (M) No Time 0 7. Sato BAR-Honda (M) No Time 0 8. Fisichella Renault (M) No Time 0 9. Webber Williams-BMW (M) No Time 0 10. Pizzonia Williams-BMW (M) No Time 0 11. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) No Time 0 12. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) No Time 0 13. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) No Time 0 14. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) No Time 0 15. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) No Time 0 16. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) No Time 0 17. Trulli Toyota (M) No Time 0 18. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) No Time 0 19. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) No Time 0 20. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) No Time 0 21. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) No Time 0 22. Wurz McLaren-Mercedes (M) No Time 0 23. Zonta Toyota (M) No Time 0 24. Kiesa Jordan-Toyota (B) No Time 0 25. Toccacelo Minardi-Cosworth (B) No Time 0 All timing unofficial 
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