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Drivers find little cheer in Friday wash-out

"Spa's notorious for its weather but I can't remember seeing it rain this hard for a long time," was Heikki Kovalainen's view from the Caterham garage. "After today there's really not a lot to say after most of Friday was washed out."

His team mate Vitaly Petrov added: "I made the strategy call to stay as warm as possible in the motorhome, wearing two jumpers and a couple of jackets and keeping as far away from the rain as possible!"

"I was surprised by the large amount of rain that poured down during both sessions," said HRT's Pedro de la Rosa. "We anticipated the morning session to be less wet and that's why we made the most of it to complete our only run.

"In the afternoon, with the track in even worse conditions, we decided not to go out as it didn't contribute anything to us," he continued. "It's been almost a month since we drove the car and the positive side was that I was able to get rid of the rust and get a feel for the car."

"Other than to praise the accuracy of the weather service, which was so precise, there is not much to say about today," offered Sauber's head of track engineering, Giampaolo Dall'Ara. "We just got our basic homework done, with start practice and systems checks."

"It is such a shame for the brave spectators," added Sergio Perez. "I believe the fans in Spa really love F1 and today we left them disappointed. I hope we can make up for this tomorrow and on Sunday and put on a good show."

"I feel very sorry for the spectators here in the grandstands," agreed Kamui Kobayashi as he stared at the unceasing rainfall outside. "There wasn't anything to learn out there and it is obviously pretty easy to damage the car in these conditions."

The Japanese driver added that today's rain had been quite the change from his August holiday locales. "I can't say much except: welcome to Spa - and welcome back to reality. I didn't see a drop of rain for the five weeks I have just spent in Tokyo and Hawaii!"

While Spa isn't likely to offer Hawaiian beach weather for Saturday and Sunday, it should at least be drier and warmer to allow the teams to get down to some proper running in the morning FP3 ahead of qualifying.

"The best thing is to focus on tomorrow," said HRT's Narain Karthikeyan. "No rain is anticipated so we will work on making up for lost time."




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