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We'll see you at Monza in a couple of weeks.... Adieu!
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Expect a fair bit of fall-out from this weekend, so stay tuned to Crash.net for all the news as it happens....
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That'll wrap it up here at Spa-Francorchamps, thanks for joining us this weekend....
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Team pts: Merc 411, RBR 254, Ferrari 158, Williams 150, McLaren 111, Force India 100, STR 18, Lotus 8, Marussia 2, etc
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Drivers pts: ROS 220, HAM 191, RIC 156, ALO 119, BOT 110, VET 98, HUL 69, BUT 66, MAG 45, MAS 40, etc
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Hamilton also believes he gave Rosberg room in their lap 2 clash.....
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Hamilton insists he wasn't trying to quit, says he was 'driving a*se of the car' but couldn't pass anyone
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Toto Wolff tells TV that Mercedes accident was 'unacceptable'
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RIC: Just hope everything holds together, gets to the finsih line, hit your marks, keep consistent but chequered flag cant come quick enough
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BOT: This season will be difficult [to win] but we're going the right way
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BOT: Team has done such a good job, we're still chasing highest step but if we keep going like this it's good
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Crowd chanting 'Hamilton, Hamilton' through interview.....
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ROS: Confident of Merc 1-2 but didn't work out for us today
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ROS: Haven't seen it and wouldnt be good for me to comment now
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ROS: Good run on Lewis tried to go round outside but we touched unfortuantely and that hurt bothn our races
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RIC: Bit different, when you lead that long its about composure
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Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, was welcomed with cheers as befitting of the winner
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Boos greeted Nico Rosberg as he walked onto the podium.....
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That was Red Bull's 50th F1 win.... and RIC's third of 2014.....
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RIC's last lap was his best of the race.... used his head to beat ROS
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BOT  is 3rd from RAI, VET, MAG, BUT, ALO, with PER and KVY completing the scorers
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RIC wins, edging ROS by 3.3s at the flag...
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ALO and BUT also battling over P7.... the Spaniard was off the road at Radillon!
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VET and MAG bang wheels on the pit straight as he looks for P5.... finally passes the Dane out of La Source
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ALO off the road at the hairpin, allowing VET into P6....
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ALO looks at MAG into Les Combes.... while VET takes a watching brief....
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There are just two laps to go, and still positions are likely to change....
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ALO gets back ahead of BUT as the two McLarens got close... and VET also passes BUT to claim P7
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In reality, it's a lot closer than that as BUT dispenses with ALO after the Ferrari was baulked by MAG
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MAG, ALO, BUT and VET are running with a second between each of them
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The battle for P1 may be interesting - and get more so -but take a look at the one for P5-8...
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BIA pits..... we've not heard him asking to retire since,suffering a shredded tyre on lap one....
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L40: RIC by 10.8s from ROS, BOT, RAI, MAG, ALO, BUT, VET, PER, KVY, HUL, VER, MAS, SUT, GUT, ERI, CHI, BIA
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...but who will be standing above the young Finn at the end? ROS took another 2secs out of RIC that time around... 5 laps to go!
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BOT passes RAI to claim the final podium spot....
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HAM pits, the crew take a cursory look at the car, hoping to find a legit reason to retire, and duly wheels the car into the garage...
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HAM finally told to pit at end of lap 38.... due to something coming adrift on the car
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RIC's last lap was a 1m 53.3.... ROS? 1m 51.1
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ROS radio, meanwhile, tells the German he'll catch RIC 'right at the end'
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HAM again tells Mwercedes that they need to stop his race.... the team replies that they are still 'talking about it'
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MAG and ALO going wheel-to-wheel around the hairpin at the top of the hill, and the rookie holds firm...
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ROS back into P2 already, can he close the 21.6s gap to RIC in the remaining nine laps?
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ROS is now right with RAI..... the Merc is flying on new rubber
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ROS takes a run through Blanchimont and leads BOT into the Bus Stop.... P3 for the points leader
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Can the Williams stay ahead of the Mercedes however?
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BOT passes ROS on the run to Les Combes to claim P3
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VET also pits for a set of softs....
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ROS pits again, this time to take on a set of the soft Pirelli....
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GRO gets the call every driver dreads, as Lotus tells him to pit and retire....
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HAM told to 'box, box' but is then told he'll be going onto the prime tyre.....
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Team tells HAM they are 'discussing the options', looks like the Briton could get his wish to retire after all....
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BOT passes VET around the outside at Les Combes to claim P4... can he make it onto the podium?
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L30: RIC by 3.3s from ROS, RAI, VET, BOT, MAG, ALO, PER, BUT, HUL, KVY, MAS, GUT, SUT, HAM, VER, GRO, CHI, ERI and BIA
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ROS radio tells him he is still able to win race if he can close gasp to RIC.... optimism? does ROS need to win given HAM is P16?
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BUT pits....
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RIC enquires after ROS tyre situation, is told he's on '10-lap old primes'
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There are 16 laps to run in the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix
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It's medium Pirellis for BOT, so he should be going to the end, just as RIC appears to be... will ROS have to stop again?
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BOT told to pit for tyres, which will hand lead back to RIC - and probably P2 to ROS...
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RIC pits from P1, rejoining in P2 between BOT and ROS
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HAM again told to 'keep your head down and keep plugging away'..... team not concerned by engine wear
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MAG passes HUL for P7 into La Source.... HUL has quietly made his way up the order but had no answer to the Dane this time
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ALO, meanwhile, pits from P4....
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VET blows around the outside of BUT through Blanchimont and takes P5 by the time they reach the Bus Stop
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...while ROS blitzes ALO on the straight to Les Combes, the Merc now into P3...
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RAI also passes BUT, at the Bus Stop, as he tries to reclaim a podium spot
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ROS flies by BUT once again, this time into Les Combes
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MAG pits promoting the BUT/ROS battle to one for P5....
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BUT repasses ROS for P6.... is the Merc slowing or did he have to give way to the McLaren?
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ROS passes BUT for P6...
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VET rejoins in P8, now on the medium Pirelli
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ROS, meanwhile, sets a new fastest lap....
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Red Bull 1-2 at the moment, but RIC is 12.6s clear of team-mate VET, who is about to pit for a second time
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RAI, howevefr, pits from P2, takes on mediums and rejoins 8th
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L20: RIC by 7.7s from RAI, VET, BOT, MAG, ALO, BUT, PER, ROS, KVY, HUL, MAS, SUT, VER, GUT, GRO, HAM, ERI, CHI and BIA
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ROS, meanwhile, is back into P9 after his second stop....
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HAM radios team to 'save the engine' - is he about to quit? Team tells him to keep plugging away in case of safety cars, etc...
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He takes on another set of mediums.... but there is a long way to go and will have to stop again before the end
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The German has dropped away from BOT... and now pits for a new set of boots
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ROS told that vibration on the front of his car is 'on the limit'.... and will proably remain there until he gets rid of this set of tyres
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No sign of any rain just yet, in fact Spa likes quite sunny....
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HAM pits again from P16, taking on a set of the soft Pirellis....
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BOT can't get close enough to the Red Bull as VET deploys 'defence mode' on the straight
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BOT now right with VET as they complete lap 17... will he get the German into Les Combes
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VET now in the Finn's sights....
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He breezes by on the run to Les Combes....
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Can BOT now make the most of that to chase down ROS?
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ROS locks up attacking VET into the Bus Stop, but has to cede to the Red Bull
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RIC posts the fastest lap of the race so far, at 1m 54.226s
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Mercedes team radio tells ROS that he will need to pass VET to win race.... the German is also behind RIC and RAI however
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RIC by 2.7s from  RAI, VET, ROS, BOT, MAG, ALO, VER, PER, BUT, KVY, HUL, GUT, MAS, SUT, HAM, ERI, CHI, GRO and BIA
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With the first round of stops - enforced and otherwise - now out of the way the order is:
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GRO pits, allowing HAM to move up one more spot, the aggrieved Merc driver now P16 but no longer the fastest man on track as RAI comes alive
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MAG passes VER for P7 at the Bus Stop...
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BUT duly pits, handing the lead back to RIC....
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...only to claim P9 at Liege
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Having gone wheel to wheel as he rejoined from his stop, ALO challenges PER into Les Combes, but has to relent....
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RIC sits 2nd behind BUT and will resume out front when the Brit pits....
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BOT pits next time around, as does ALO, leaving BUT in the lead for McLaren
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RIC pits from the lead, leaving BOT out front....
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Stewards confirm only a 5secs stop-go for ALO..... surprisingly lenient?
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L10: RIC by 4.3s from BOT, ALO, MAG, BUT, RAI, VET, VER, ROS and GUT
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VET wastes no time in passing VER to claim P7 into Les Combes....
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VET rejoins in P8, behind RAI whose earlier stop appears to have worked a treat
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...as do KVY and HUL
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VET now pits....
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Not sure HAM will want the piece back.....
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ROS appears to have picked up some of HAM's tyre on the front of his car.... a long enough piece to be dangling into the cockpit....
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PER and MAS pit for tyres....
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Pre-weekend tipsters suggest BOT or MAS could be contender for victory.... the Finn is now P3
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RIC takes over at the front following ROS stop.... how will this race play out now?
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The rejoins ahead of ROS, in P14 and P15 respectively
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RAI also pits....
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Mercedes crew in pit-lane, complete with new nose for ROS
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HAm remains P19, comfortably ahead of BIA, but still 12.6s shy of GRO...
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The dry conditions will suit the Williams more than any rain that may appear...
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BOT passes ALO on run to Les Combes, P4 now for the Williams man
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MAG, BUT, PER and MAS more strung out at the tail of the top ten
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Further back, ALO coming under pressure from BOT, with RAI not far away...
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RIC has trimmed ROS' lead to 0.7s, with VET now 1.3s adrift of the Aussie
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No word on ALO's possible penalty just yet.....
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Replays also show that RIC capitalised on VET running wide at Pouhon to take P2
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TV pictures, meanwhile, show a dejected Lotterer trudging back to the Caterham garage.... a very short F1 debut for the German
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HAM, despite floor concerns and harder tyres, posts fastest lap of the race so far
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Can Dan the Man now catch ROS?
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RIC now into P2, having apssed team-mate VET on lap 5
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Replays show that it was a Lotus that clipped BIA, but in fairness the black-and-gold machine was pincered....
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HAM took on a set of medium Pirellis at his enforced stop so he has free strategy from here on in...
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ROS gradually stretching his lead despite front end damage, nearly a second over VET
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HAM radios to question whether he floor is damaged.... team says it is checking
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RIC, meanwhile, passes ALO for P3 into Les Combes
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MAL and LOT also showing as 'stopped' on the official timing screen....
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There is a lot of debris on track where HAM and BIA shed rubber on their return to the pits
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ROS, meanwhile, reports that he has 'lost a lot of front end'....
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HAM will be fuming inside that cockpit now.... he's last by a long way
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HAM tells team that ROS 'hit' him.... and is speeding back to the pits, probably too quickly as the remains of his tyre flails the bodywork!
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The German now leads, while Hamilton limps back to the pits - a long way for him to go too!
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Hamilton has a puncture after Rosberg's wing hit his left rear....
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Contact between the Mercs at Les Comes on lap 2
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L1: HAM by 0.5s to ROS, VET, ALO, RIC, BOT, RAI, MAG, MAS, BUT, PER, KVY, SUT, HUL, VER, GUT, MAL, LOT, ERI, CHI, GRO
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Oh no.... it's Bianchi limping back to the pits with a shredded right rear
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...but cuts the corner and loses out to Rosberg....
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Vettel challenging Hamilton into Les Combes....
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Bit of contact in the pack.....
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Hamilton vaults into the lead at La Source....
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Lights out....
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Hamilton ahd to reverse back into his grid slot.... another penalty?
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Alonso is in place....
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Rosberg brings them back to the grid.....
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Adrian Sutil the only driver hoping that not starting on the soft Pirelli will give him an advantage
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The stewards immeidately flag up that Alonso will be investigated for the transgression....
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...and Alonso just manages to get away before Ericsson passes him, so he can retake his position on row two...
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The rest of the grid is already leaving for its warm-up lap...
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This could be a penalty coming for the Spaniard.....
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Teams are packing up on the grid, but there appears to be some consternation around Alonso's Ferrari....
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...and what can Jules Bianchi do for Marussia, having made it through to Q2 on Saturday afternoon?
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...but Force India and Toro Rosso equally capable of claiming points by the end of the day...
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Expect just a close a battle for the remaining places, with Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams and McLaren all in the top ten on the grid...
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Remember.... the first turn here at Spa is La Source, and there have been more than a few first lap incidents there in the past....
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The team insists that there will be no holds placed on the drivers, so it could all end in tears....
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The biggest opponent to that ambition, however, could be the simmering rivalry between its drivers....
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Mercedes can't wrap up the constructors' championship thise weekend - even though it feels like it - but another 1-2 will be another big step towards that goal
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Be interesting to see what McLaren's radar has to say, however....
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...most teams, including Mercedes, tell us they are expecting rain mid-race...
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The Ardennes weather has a habit of catching people on the hop and, even though it is only spitting at the moment....
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Of course, being Spa, this could be the most unpredictable afternoon of the entire season....
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The Briton believes that starting second is good for the race, however....
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...and has the psychological advantage of having claimed pole in a session where Hamilton struggled with his car...
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Rosberg returns from F1's summer break holding an 11-point advantage over his team-mate...
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Just over ten minutes to the start of the latest instalment of the Rosberg-Hamilton title battle...
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The Belgian anthem rings out as mechanics perform final fettling of cars on the grid....
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...where 32-year old debutant Andre Lotterer heads Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson on the back row
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...while at the back of the field, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez find themselves in unfamilar territory amongst the bottom six...
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Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button complete the top ten...
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...where Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton secured a 1-2 for Mercedes ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso....
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Qualifying, of course, was affected by rain, although it did little to alter the order at the front of the grid....
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Despite forecasts suggesting a dry Belgian Grand Prix, there has been rain in the paddock and clouds over the Ardennes...
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Welcome back to Spa-Francorchamps for live coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix....
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...so please rejoin us at Spa on Sunday. Until then, au revoir from the Ardennes!
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Hopefully race day will be as exciting as qualifying proved to be...
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OK, everyone can breathe again now....
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Ricciardo, Bottas, Magnussen, Raikkonen, Massa and Button complete the top ten....
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Mercedes takes another 1-2 in qualifying, albeit the first for a while, while Vettel and Alonso secure row two
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Rosberg also improves, confirming his fourth straight pole by a couple of tenths...
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Hamilton improves.... but it's still only P2
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Ricicardo has a moment at Blanchimont...
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Hamilton runs onto the kerb at Stavelot....
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Rosberg steals Hamilton's best S1 time....
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...as Vettel runs wide at Rivage
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Hamilton remarkably still up at the end of S1....
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Hamilton still having problems at La Source.... has that handed pole to Rosberg?
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Vettel improves, ducking uner 2m 08s but remains third fastest
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Massa trips over Alonso at Les Combes.... there isn't time for this, boys!
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2mins to go and its Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Raikkonen, Bottas, Ricciardo, Button, Magnussen and Massa....
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With the sun out, Spa is now looking glorious.....
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Teams now beginning to bolt on a new set of inters for a final assault on pole (or P3 in the case of the majority!)
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Replays show Hamilton making a minor error at the Bus Stop on his second lap.... is there more to come for the Briton?
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Raikkonen stops the clocks early enough to take P5....
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But the Briton's second effort is good enough to lift him into P2, albeit 0.7s behind Rosberg
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Hamilton now behind everyone bar Raikkonen, who has yet to set a time
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...but goes P5 all the same
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Ricciardo runs deep into the Bus Stop.....
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Bottas moves into P4 ahead of his team-mate
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Alonso also beats Hamilton, as does Massa.....
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...which becomes P3 as Rosberg blitzes Vettel's time with a 2m 05.698s effort
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Hamilton goes P2....
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Vettel posts first time of Q3 at 2m 08.141s
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Can he recover from that? He may not take pole, but even with the mistake he could still be fast enough for P2....
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Hamilton makes an error as he starts his first flying lap....
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Blue skies now visible on on-board cameras...
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Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg and Hamilton the first out on track....
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Vettel lining up first at end of pit-lane for Q3
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Hamilton and Rosberg, split by a tenth, were fully 1.7s ahead of Alonso.....
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...while Hamilton, Rosberg, Alonso, Bottas, Raikkonen, Massa, Vettel, Magnussen, Ricciardo and Button live to fight another session
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Those headed for an early bath are Kvyat, Vergne, Perez, Sutil, Grosjean and Bianchi...
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That pushed Kvyat back into the bottom six... and, with Perez not improving, Button has survived
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The German in on his last lap and improves to P7
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...but Button goes up to P9 pushing Vettel into the drop zone
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Vergne remains P12....
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Grosjean can't escape, moving to P13
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Bianchi pits and will start p16
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Hamilton and Rosberg both improve into the 2m 06s but its the Brit that continues to lead
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Magnussen improves from the drop zone, pushing Button through the trapdoor
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Sutil can't escape the drop zone on his next lap
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Kvyat does, going to P8 and dropping Button into trouble
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Just over a minute remaining.... can anyone improve their lot?
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Vergne runs wide at the Bus Stop and manages only P12 on his first run
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Rosberg stays P2, currently four-tenths off Hamilton....
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The Briton is currently P9 but team tells him there is time for a change...
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Button, meanwhile, radios in for dry gloves!
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Rosberg has been off again, again at Rivage
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Vergne is just venturing out for his first run of Q2....
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...while Kvyat, Perez, Sutil, Grosjean, Bianchi and Vergne are in the bottom six
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6mins to go and its Hamilton, Rosberg, Alonso, Bottas and Raikkonen in the top five....
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...and goes fastest of all at 2m 07.089s
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Hamilton looking good on his next lap......
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Vergne still the only man without a time....
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The German is now fastest of all however, clocking 2m 08.108s
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Rosberg too is off the track, down at Rivage
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...while Grosjean spins at La Source
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Hamilton off again this time at Les Combes
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...and Alonso to go faster still, at 2m 08.470s
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...only for Button and Bottas to go faster...
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Sutil goes faster at 2m 11.763s...
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Grosjean sets early pace on inters at 2m 13.974s
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Vergne the only man not yet on track..... remember how that worked out for Hulkenberg?
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Some still on inters, but the rain keeps falling....
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Drivers being told that their first run might be the best they get in this session
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We're back out already for Q2... and it's raining a little heavier at Spa
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Rosberg was fastest of all, ahead of Hamilton, Massa, Bottas and Vergne
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Bianchi meanwhile has made it through to Q2 at Spa once again, finishing the session in P14
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Magnussen narrowly escaped an early exit, lapping just two-tenths quicker than Maldonado despite struggling under braking for the Bus Stop
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The Force India driver will start 18th, sandwiched between Maldonado and the quartet of Chilton, Gutierrez, Lotterer and Ericsson
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Hulkenberg reports that he lost confidence in cold brakes....
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Although some drivers are still on track.... they are merely returning to the pits, so we don't expect any improvements now....
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Lotterer improves to get himself into the race, lapping a full second clear of Caterham team-mate Ericsson
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Hulkenberg cannot improve.... he'll be the big name casualty in Q1!
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Sutil improves to put Maldonado back into the drop zone...
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Maldonado swaps places with Hulkenberg in 16th and 17th
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Vergne, Grosjean and Bianchi also pit... will have to wait and see what develops
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Chilton pits and will start in the bottom six....
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Sauber confirms Gutierrez had problems with his battery pack
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Button gives himself a cushion moving from p15 to P11 but Magnussen and Hulkenberg remain on the cusp
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Rosberg takes over at the top, clocking 2m 07.130s
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Perez moves up to P11, drops Sutil into the bottom six
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Massa in P3 is 1.2secs off Hamilton's pace
13:17
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Maldonado spins.... he's still in trouble in p18
13:17
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Chilton moves up but only to P17 as Vergne goes to P5
13:16
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Bianchi vaults up to P10.... will that be enough to keep him in the show?
13:15
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Hamilton improves his P1 time to 2m 07.280s
13:15
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Maldonado now in the drop zone as Sutil improves
13:15
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Bianchi, meanwhile, clinging on to a Q2 spot in P15
13:14
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Kvyat now P8, Perez in the drop zone
13:14
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Grosjean goes P8, Gutierrez now facing a Q1 exit without much chance of saving himself
13:13
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Raikkonen goes P5, drops Kvyat into trouble
13:12
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Lotterer however is the only man outside the 107% time
13:12
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...while at the other end, Sutil, Grosjean, Chilton, Raikkonen, Ericsson and Lotterer are in the danger zone
13:12
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Just over 6mins remaining and Hamilton leads Rosberg, Vettel and Ricciardo
13:11
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Gutierrez's car is at Stavelot, but has pushed away by the marshals
13:11
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Only Alonso and Perez currently in the pits, as their teams opt to change tyres
13:10
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It hasn't been a good weekend for the Sauber driver, who suffered a 190mph spin at Blanchimont in FP2 - having already sat out FP1...
13:10
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Not Gutierrez, however, as the Mexican appears to have ground to a halt out on track
13:10
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Unlike dry qualifying sessions, the majority of drivers are continuing to pound around, afraid that they may miss the improving conditions
13:09
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Rosberg slots in behind his Mercedes team-mate, four-tenths off his pace
13:09
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Hamilton improves to 2m 07.587s to remove any questions over his first lap
13:08
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Hulkenberg's wait pays off as he vaults straight into the top five
13:08
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Hamilton's time is 2m 09.492s
13:07
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He had to take a circuitous route in order to return to the track....
13:07
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Hamilton goes quickest - but will his time be allowed to stand?
13:07
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Hamilton, Magnussen and Raikkonen off at the chicane, but rejoin thanks to the tarmac run-off...
13:06
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Button and Vettel split Bottas and Maldonado
13:06
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Ricciardo now quickest at 2m 10.642s
13:06
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Williams team-mate Massa however takes to the run-off at Les Combes...
13:05
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...only for Grosjean, Vergne, Maldonado and Bottas to go faster still - the Finn clocks 2m 10.750s
13:05
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...but is quickly usurped by Ericsson and Kvyat...
13:05
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Bianchi logs the first target time, at 2m 16.474s...
13:04
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Kvyat runs wide at turn 9.... does he know a line that works better in the wet?
13:03
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Kvyat is already on a flying lap.... looking for bankers in case the heavy stuff returns
13:02
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Just Nico Hulkenberg to go and we'll have a full field on track
13:02
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Teams will have to keep in mind that they may need wet weather rubber for race day....
13:01
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A mix of full wets and intermediates as the majority of the field looks to get an early idea of the conditions
13:01
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This could be a chance for the minnows to cause an upset or two.... it's happened before at Spa
13:00
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Marussia, Caterham, Toro Rosso the first to venture out, while the big boys keep an eye on developments
13:00
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...and we get the green light on time
13:00
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The queue is forming at the end of pit-lane....
12:58
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Drivers are in their cars, just waiting for the signal to go
12:57
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Track temp is 21 degrees, but there isn't exactly a whole lot of sunshine to push those figures up
12:57
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OK it looks like we're good to go shortly, but air temperatures are currently only 9 degrees.... brrrrr!
12:49
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There was very little action for the first half-hour in practice, but it won't be the same in Q1 as teams need to get laps and times in...
12:48
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Valtteri Bottas came out on top of FP3 once the circuit dried.....
12:48
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It was damp at the start of FP3 this morning, but nothing like it will be for the start of Q1....
12:47
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...there may be the odd shower here and there to keep teams on their toes, but that'll only make it more interesting, right?
12:46
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However, there are blue skies hovering on the edges of the circuit, and the forecast suggests generally dry conditions overhead at least....
12:46
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Torrential rain and hail saw the paddock scurrying for cover, and cast doubt on the starting time for Q...
12:45
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We say 15mins, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that everything is on time after a biblical storm that only eased about 10mins ago
12:45
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Welcome back to Spa-Francorchamps with 15mins to go to qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix
11:03
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Join us in a couple of hours to find out..... adieu from the Ardennes
11:03
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Mercedes didn't make it a clean sweep, but will that be the story in qualifying?
11:02
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That's it for final practice.... Bottas fastest from Ricciardo and Rosberg
11:02
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Alonso pits, won't improve on P6
11:00
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Ricciardo jumps into P2, but the majority are still on fast laps....
11:00
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Chequered flag is out...
10:58
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All 22 cars on track for the final couple of minutes, expect the order to change rapidly
10:57
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...and Rosberg slots into P2 behind the Williams
10:57
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Bottas, however beats both, lowering his best to 1m 49.465s
10:57
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Hamilton improves, but stays P2 after clocking exactly the same time as Raikkonen!
10:56
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Button jumps into P4, 1m 50.203s
10:55
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....but the likes of Vettel, Magnussen, Button and Hulkenberg all in the bottom half of the list
10:55
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The order lower down the timesheets is also turning over regularly... Lotterer currently slowest on 1m 56.274s
10:54
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Raikkonen, on softs, goes to the top, clocking 1m 49.817s
10:52
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Seven minutes remaining....
10:52
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Soft tyres now being fitted.... expect times to come down again beore the end of the session
10:50
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Hamilton unseats Rosberg..... by 0.001s!
10:50
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Now Rosberg goes P1, taking the target time down to 1m 50.023s
10:49
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Ten minutes remaining and the order is Alonso, Bottas, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Raikkonen
10:46
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Alonso now takes over at the top, lapping the Ferrari in 1m 51.218s
10:45
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Rosberg improves to P2 (as expected), logging a 1m 51.729s lap
10:45
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...and, lo, Hamilton goes third fastest (team-mate Rosberg is 19th....)
10:44
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Only Button, Magnussen, Ricciardo, Hamilton and Alonso yet to set a time, but all are on track...
10:43
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Raikkonen slots into P2, the Finn will be looking for a trouble-free day after Friday's niggles
10:42
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13 drivers have now set times and all are below 2mins
10:42
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Bottas now on top, 1m 51.583s.... a big improvement
10:41
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The Russian now in P1 on 1m 53.519s
10:41
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..only to have Maldonado, Massa, Vergne and Kvyat improve on his times
10:41
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Grosjean goes fastest, 1m 55.617s...
10:40
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Ericsson's opener however is a 2m 05s effort....
10:40
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Biznchi joins Gutierrez under 2mins for a lap, and team-mate Chilton moves ahead of the Frenchman into P2
10:38
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Williams have both cars on track, but the other expected frontrunners continue to keep their powder (and tyres) dry for the moment
10:37
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Bianchi and Chilton are both back on track, and are joined by Maldonado, Grosjean and Kvyat
10:36
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A second flying lap and Gutierrez improves, ducking down to 1m 56.151s
10:34
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That's 1.6s clear of Bianchi, but conditions and tyres were in the Mexican's favour
10:34
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Gutierrez goes to the top of the timesheets, clocking 2m 00.242s
10:32
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Gutierrez continues into a timed lap.... and promptly runs wide at La Source
10:31
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Presumably, if the Sauber gets around, there will be more of a rush to take to the track....
10:30
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The Mexican is on slicks too, running a set of Pirelli's mediums
10:30
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We have engine noise..... Gutierrez launches from a practice start and is out onto the lap
10:28
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....a lot are currently strapped, or being strapped, into their cars however
10:28
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Ticking down to the halfway point of the session, and just three drivers have set times....
10:24
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No-one on track..... how long will it be before someone blinks and feels the need for speed?
10:16
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Chilton slots into P2, but it's pretty quiet out there
10:16
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These times are being set with the cars still on inters, despite a dry line appearing around the majority of the course
10:15
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...but it's his Marussia team-mate Bianchi who sets the new P1 time at 2m 01.823s
10:15
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Max Chilton, who missed the whole of FP1 for 'contractual issues', is also on track....
10:14
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Lotterer sets the first time of the day, clocking 2m 07.529s in the Caterham
10:12
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Other drivers, meanwhile, are wrapped up in warm jackets, trying to keep warm while the track comes to them
10:12
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Red Bull radio carries Vettel relaying track condition info back to the team....
10:10
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Andre Lotterer returns to the fray, the German preparing for his first F1 qualifying session later today
10:06
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Just Vettel and the two Mercedes drivers on track at the moment....
10:04
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There are definitely dry patches out there..... how long will it take before anyone is confident enough to use slicks?
10:03
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Most drivers using the inters for the installation laps, checking not just their cars but also whether the track is dry enough to go to slicks
10:01
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...along with Jules Bianchi and Valtteri Bottas
10:00
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...and the Venezuelan is one of the first out on track
10:00
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After problems in FP2, Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutierrez will both be looking to make up for lost time....
09:58
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Temperatures are in the low teens at the moment, and the track surface neither wet nor dry.... tricky decisions for the drivers
09:54
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Elsewhere, we're not expecting any driver changes today, but you never know....
09:53
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Red Bull was a little further back, with Daniel Ricciardo in P8, while Sebastian Vettel will be looking to bounce back after engine problems
09:52
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Ferrari was best of the rest on Friday, with Fernando Alonso third fastest, but Williams and McLaren were both in the top five mix....
09:50
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FP3 is but ten minutes away.... can anyone deny Mercedes a clean sweep?
09:50
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It's a cool and damp Spa-Francorchamps at the moment following earlier rain, but it's doing its best to dry out and warm up
09:49
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Good morning and welcome back to Spa-Francorchamps for day two of the Belgian Grand Prix
14:32
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That's also our cue to take our leave..... we'll see you back here in time for FP3 at 10am UK time Saturday
14:31
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...but it was a bad session for Vettel, who didn't lap at all, Maldonado, who crashed and Gutierrez who was forced into an early exit
14:31
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Alonso takes third spot ahead of Massa, Button, Bottas, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Magnussen and Hulkenberg
14:30
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That's it! The chequered flag is out and Mercedes claims another 1-2, this time with Hamilton ahead
14:29
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Into the final minute of F1 for Friday....
14:29
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...the German is currently 20th, just 0.043secs off team-mate Ericsson
14:28
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Caterham, meanwhile, confirms that a 'technical issue' has ended Lotterer's first day in green...
14:28
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Alonso is done for the day, the Spaniard clearly happy enough with third place and 'best non-Mercedes'
14:25
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Most drivers are now back on the medium tyre so, with the odd exception, the order should remain the same to the end
14:24
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Rosberg pits after a lengthy run on the softs, he remains P2
14:23
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Gutierrez's spin hasn't relegated the Mexican quite to the bottom of the pile, with only Bianchi of the  backmarkers passing the Sauber
14:20
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Chilton improves to vault above the two Caterhams, now P18
14:16
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Into the final quarter of an hour of F1 action and it's still Hamilton, Rosberg, Alonso, Massa, Button in the top five
14:12
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Not many green or purple sectors being set now.... have the improvements dried up for the day?
14:08
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Lotterer however tops the session with 22 laps under his belt... and he's closing in on Ericsson's time once more
14:07
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Ricciardo has just seven laps to his name so far - Rosberg has 16 and Button 20...
14:02
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Hamilton lines up for a practice start in pit-lane.... he's not going to let Rosberg have an easy run at P1
14:01
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Rosberg back on track, can he topple Hamilton from P1?
13:58
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Ricciardo improves to P8 on the soft Pirelli, but is 1.8s off the pace
13:55
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Williams weather vane claims no rain expected..... despite presence of ominous clouds over Spa
13:48
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Massa now third fastest.... only to have Alonso usurp him
13:48
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Hamilton reclaims top spot, clocking 1m 49.189s to take six-tenths off the target time
13:47
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Rosberg returns to the top on his first flying lap on soft tyres, clocking 1m 49.793s to obliterate Button's previous best
13:45
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Bottas goes P2, less than 0.02 from top spot
13:44
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Hulkenberg moves into fourth spot....
13:43
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Sutil jumps up to P4, but that immediately becomes P5 as Kvyat goes P2, one tenth off Button
13:43
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The Finn had improved to P14....
13:42
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Raikkonen team radio reports a misfire that will require another spell in the pits...
13:41
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The Briton posts a 1m 50.659s lap to claim P1 - for the time being at least
13:41
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Button and Magnussen confirm that improvements are coming taking over at the top
13:40
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Gutierrez sits 15th after his exit, but will expect to slide down the order against the soft-shod survivors
13:38
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There could be a rush to evaluate them with the weather still looking unpredictable
13:38
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Teams are beginning to fit the soft Pirelli now...
13:36
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Session restarts with Lotterer the first on track
13:34
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Raikkonen, meanwhile, is mired at the foot of the timed runners, with just four laps and a best of 2m 07.943s on the board
13:31
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While we take a break, recapping the order sees Hamilton on top from Alonso, Rosberg, Massa and Button
13:30
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Another red flag... the second of the session!
13:30
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Gutierrez says gearbox won't allow him to get back to the pits...
13:29
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The Sauber has stopped on the exit of Blanchimont following a major spin....
13:28
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Gutierrez is stationary..... facing the wrong way too
13:27
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Ricciardo, meanwhile, flies across the infield at Les Combes..... he appeared to approach the corner with more speed than he wanted
13:26
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Hamilton goes back into P1, improving to 1m 51.276s
13:26
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Ericsson currently has the upper hand on Lotterer at Caterham, but the German is ahead of Chilton at the moment
13:23
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Ricciardo slots into P10 wih his first flying lap...
13:22
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RBR team-mate Vettel and the hapless Maldonado won't be setting times of course
13:22
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Ricciardo the only runner yet to post a time, but he's on track now....
13:22
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Alonso goes faster still, clocking 1m 51.693s to topple Hamilton
13:21
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....only to be knocked down a spot by Mercedes team-mate Hamilton, who clocks 1m 51.989s - the quickest lap of the day so far
13:20
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Massa's time at the top is short-lived, with Rosberg reclaiming P1 in 1m 52.065s...
13:20
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...which becomes P3 as Massa goes quickest on 1m 52.214s
13:19
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Kvyat also surpasses Magnussen to slot into P2....
13:19
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Of course, having said that, Button goes fastest of all, posting a 1m 52.285s lap to unseat his team-mate
13:18
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No change at the top of the times, but others are joining the party, with seven names on the board
13:16
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The track will be a bit busier this time around
13:15
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Session gets underway once again.....
13:08
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Session is red-flagged, but Maldonado radios team to confirm he is OK
13:08
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Maldonado lost the car a long way before it came to rest, hitting the barriers on the left hand side of the track
13:07
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We have a Lotus in the barriers... and it's Maldonado off at Pouhon
13:07
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First times are in and it's Magnussen on top from Lotterer, posting a 1m 52.677s
13:05
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With a large black cloud looming over the circuit, more drivers take to the track
13:04
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Looks like Sebastian Vettel won't be going anywhere in the near future... his car is on stands and in bits!
13:03
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...as does Marussia team-mate Bianchi
13:03
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Magnussen and Lotterer now join the Briton
13:03
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Chilton the only man shown as on-track... but he's got some catching up to do
13:01
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The session is go..... but few are rushing out
12:57
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Three minutes to the green light....
12:52
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Nico Rosberg led a Mercedes 1-2 in the opening session, having traded top spot with team-mate Lewis Hamilton
12:50
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Elsewhere, Andre Lotterer will aim to build on his solid start to the weekend, out-pacing Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson in FP1
12:49
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Esteban Gutierrez will also be in action this session, taking back his Sauber from reserve Giedo van der Garde
12:48
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However, other things, such as Marussia's driver line-up, continues to evolve, with Max Chilton back in the second car for this session!
12:47
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Some things never change, with cool temperatures and cloudy skies threatening the odd shower or two over the next 90 minutes...
12:47
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Welcome back to the Ardennes, for the second practice session ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix
10:32
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That's it from Spa for now, but please rejoin us in a couple of hours for FP2....
10:32
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A full report and times will appear on Crash.net shortly....
10:32
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At the other end of the scale, Alexander Rossi's truncated Marussia debut leaves him 20th, ahead of the two Caterhams
10:31
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Alonso claims P3, ahead of Button, Raikkonen, Perez, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo and Bottas
10:31
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Hamilton crosses the line, but is a long way off his previous best so team-mate Rosberg holds on to top spot
10:30
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The chequered flag comes out and there has been little movement on the timesheets....
10:22
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21 of 22 cars now on track.... the absentee? Sebastian Vettel, who reported upshift issues earlier on
10:21
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Team-mate Sutil has yet to get that far mind you....
10:21
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Sauber radio sees van der Garde reporting a lack of power on the #36 car - the Dutchman has only just broken into double figures in terms of laps
10:20
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Or will things remain the same?
10:20
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Can Alonso upset both Mercedes by finding the four-tenths he needs to take P1?
10:19
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Will there be a change at the top? Can Hamilton find enough time to unseat his team-mate?
10:17
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Drivers back on track for what will probably be a final blast to end the morning....
10:11
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Just under 20mins to run, and it's Rosberg, Hamilton, Alonso, Button and Raikkonen in the top five
10:10
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All quiet at Spa now, with every one of the 22 cars back in the pits....
10:10
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Ferrari team radio calls Raikkonen back to the pits, apparently with an ERS temperature issue
10:09
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Team-mate Adrian Sutil has also been quiet this session, with just 7 laps to his name...
10:09
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The two Marussias are currently split by van der Garde's Sauber, the Dutchman having only done 6 laps...
10:08
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Over at Marussia, meanwhile, fellow newbie Rossi trails Bianchi by two places and 1.5secs...
10:07
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Lotterer not doing too badly either, currently a tenth faster than Caterham team-mate Ericsson, albeit in P21
10:07
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Hamilton next up on 16, a mark he shares with new boy Lotterer
10:07
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Rosberg back in the pits, having run the highest number of laps so far at 17
10:04
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The Russian rookie locks up at La Source on his next lap too..... not happy in the #26
10:03
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Big moment for Daniil Kvyat.... Toro Rosso well out of shape!
10:01
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Kimi Raikkonen splits the McLarens, but is still 1secs off Alonso in P3
10:00
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Button and Magnussen move up the order at the expense of Bottas, now into P4 and P5
09:57
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Hamilton wasn't helped, however, by running out of road at Pouhon!
09:57
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Mercedes team radio advises Hamilton where Rosberg is faster than him.....
09:56
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After a quiet middle third, FP1 heads into its final half hour with the two Mercedes at the top of the timesheets....
09:55
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Rosberg snatches P1 back from Hamilton by just under a tenth of a second
09:54
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Team radio has Vettel reporting problems with his upshift on the Red Bull
09:53
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It's only 0.05s quicker but its enough
09:52
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Hamilton usurps team-mate Rosberg from P1, clocking 1m 51.674s lap
09:49
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Ericsson, meanwhile, goes for a spin at La Source
09:49
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Having said that, Rosberg, Hamilton, Magnussen and, a little further down, Vergne take to the track
09:47
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In case anyone has forgotten, Rosberg leads the way on 1m 51.724s, with Alonso and Bottas next up - but it's all quiet at the front
09:46
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Caterham now back into the action, with Lotterer and Ericsson taking to the track
09:45
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Grosjean moves into the top ten with an improvement to 1m 53.597s
09:42
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Lotus team-mate Grosjean makes it two black-and-gold machines on track but it remains quiet elsewhere
09:41
UK Time
Maldonado still the only man on track, improving on his third flying lap to 1m 55.346s and P15...
09:37
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It's a 1m 56.359s effort for Maldonado, good enough for P17
09:35
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The Venezuelan is now onto a timed lap....
09:34
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Maldonado, meanwhile, still has not set a time - but he does have the track to himself at the moment...
09:34
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Maldonado, meanwhile, still has no set a time - but he does have the track to himself at the moment
09:33
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McLaren confirms that Button is back in the pits for a debrief, but there appears to be more work than usual on his side of the garage....
09:30
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Teams will now have to hand back the set of medium Pirellis they have been running on....
09:29
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Coming to the end of the first 30mins of FP1, and its Rosberg from Alonso, Bottas, Magnussen, Vettel and Perez...
09:26
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The Spaniard is just a couple of tenths shy of Rosberg's P1 pace.....
09:25
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Replays show a Ferrari pulling off at the bottom of Eau Rouge..... it's Alonso, but he's back on track now...
09:24
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Rosberg improves his pace-setting lap to 1m 51.724s, with Alonso slotting into P2 for Ferrari
09:23
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Rossi now on the board, posting a 2m 03.632s lap to slot into P19
09:22
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Rossi and Raikkonen the only others without times to their name so far....
09:22
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Lotus drivers Grosjean and Maldonado the only ones left in pit-lane.....
09:20
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Rosberg goes top with a 1m 52.143s effort
09:19
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...temporarily that is, as Lewis Hamilton goes P2 for Mercedes
09:19
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Daniel Ricciardo slots his Red Bull into fourth.....
09:18
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Button, Bottas, Rosberg and Bianchi are next up
09:18
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Meanwhile, the first times of FP1 are in, with Magnussen setting the pace on 1m 53.405s
09:17
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Full story on the latest Chilton/Marussia developments can be found at http://www.crash.net/f1/news/207862/1/chilton-returns-after-marussia-uturn.html
09:14
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Bottas, Bianchi, Kvyat and Rosberg also venturing out....
09:13
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Team-mate Kevin Magnussen isn't far behind....
09:12
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Jenson Button breaks the silence at Spa, rejoining FP1 in his McLaren
09:12
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There was much rejoicing amongst American F1 fans on Thursday.... guess they'll have to wait a little longer for a US presence in a race...
09:10
UK Time
Wonder how Alex Rossi is going to feel about the latest development at Marussia? Did he know Chilton's return was likely?
09:10
UK Time
It appears that sitting Chilton out from Friday practice was little more than a shot across the bows....
09:09
UK Time
BREAKING NEWS: Max Chilton will be back in the Marussia this weekend, having apparently sorted his 'contractual issues'
09:06
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Caterham celebrates with a picture of timing screens showing its two drivers right at the top!
09:06
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Installation laps done, most of the cars are now back in the pits.... the rest will return shortly
09:04
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The first half of the field has returned to the pits, while the second half now decides to venture oot - no times set yet
09:03
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It's a long lap here, around 7km, so we'll have to wait a while for times...
09:02
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It's dry and, while not exactly bathed in sunshine, relatively warm this morning....
09:01
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We're underway at Spa.... with Lotterer amongst the first drivers out of the pits
09:00
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Also out in FP1 will be Sauber reserve Giedo van der Garde, who takes over Esteban Gutierrez's car for this session only
08:59
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We will see.....
08:59
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Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer replaces Kamui Kobayashi and Alex Rossi is in for Max Chilton, both ostensibly for this race only....
08:58
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While things remain the same at the front of the field, there will be new faces at Caterham and Marussia this weekend...
08:58
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It's been four weeks since the Hungarian Grand Prix and there have been a few changes since we last met....
08:57
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F1 is back after its summer break and where better to kick off than the Ardennes?
08:57
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Hello and welcome to Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix

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