Rosberg Fastest in Wet Practice

Nico Rosberg easily claimed the fastest lap in a very wet free practice session at the Spa Francorchamps circuit, circulating a second faster than Heikki Kovalainen and Scott Speed

Rosberg Fastest in Wet Practice

Constant rain preceded the session after beginning overnight, and stopped just prior to the start. The track was very wet as a result, with a number of drivers sliding all over the circuit during the session.

Nelson Piquet Jr was the first man on track, and also set the early fastest times before Rosberg found his groove, running faster each time around to finish with a time of 2:15.436 just as the session finished.

Kovalainen, who had never raced at the circuit previously, took a slow and steady approach to the session, and also claimed his fastest lap as the session drew to a close.

At the mid point of the session, Jose Maria Lopez ran into the gravel at Pouhon, while Clivio Piccione spun across the track and ran sideways into the wall and Alex Premat also had an accident. As a result, the session was red flagged to allow marshals to remove the stricken vehicles.

Piquet looked to be on for a good time late in the session after it restarted, but slowed to a crawl into the Bus Stop, perhaps looking to keep an advantage under the radar of his competitors as they searched for a drier line and more speed.

Gimmi Bruni ran his first session for the Durango team, but his gamble to switch teams didn't bear fruit in free practice. He was 21st of 24 runners, immediately behind Coloni drivers Toni Vilander and Mathias Lauda.

With the top five drivers in the session - Rosberg, Kovalainen, Speed, Premat and Adam Carroll - also being the top five men in the championship, qualifying promises to be a very intriguing spectacle this afternoon.

Pos Driver Team Time  1. Rosberg ART Grand Prix 2:15.436 2. Kovalainen Arden International 2:16.440 3. Speed iSport International 2:16.495 4. Premat ART Grand Prix 2:16.916 5. Carroll Super Nova 2:16.945 6. Garcia Racing Engineering 2:17.055 7. Negrao Hitech Piquet Sports 2:17.112 8. Piquet Hitech Piquet Sports 2:17.234 9. Viso BCN Competicion 2:17.496 10. Lopez DAMS 2:17.539 11. Lapierre Arden International 2:17.885 12. Artam iSport International 2:17.954 13. Jani Racing Engineering 2:17.960 14. Mondini DPR 2:17.994 15. Pantano Super Nova 2:18.002 16. Alvarez Campos Racing 2:18.458 17. Fauzy DAMS 2:18.564 18. Hernandez Campos Racing 2:19.056 19. Vilander Coloni Motorsport 2:19.127 20. Lauda Coloni Motorsport 2:19.567 21. Bruni Durango 2:19.620 22. Pla DPR 2:20.159 23. Piccione Durango 2:20.367 24. Yoshimoto BCN Competicion 2:20.436 All Timing Unofficial 

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