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Belgian Grand Prix: No surprises as Q2 sees pole contenders survive

Kimi Raikkonen sets the pace as the big names make it through the second phase of qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps.
After the lottery of first qualifying, the second phase of Saturday's session at Spa-Francorchamps was a lot less eventful in terms of who it eliminated.

With two Marussias, one Caterham and dry conditions underfoot, the pressure was less intense on the anticipated contenders for pole position, but that did not prevent several drivers from putting themselves in a corner, needing to produce a better time on their final flying effort.

In the end, Giedo van der Garde, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton filled the final three spots in the session – P14-16 on the grid respectively – but that was not enough to prevent Nico Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez from falling through the trap door and joining them on the sidelines ahead of the final shoot-out.

Hulkenberg was displaced from the top ten by Jenson Button's final effort, but ended the day just 0.021secs from making the cut, as Lewis Hamilton survived by the skin of his teeth. Sutil and Perez were knocked out by Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean respectively, as Red Bull, Mercedes, Lotus and Ferrari all put two cars through to the final ten minute session.

Kimi Raikkonen topped the times in Q2, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Rosberg, Mark Webber and Button.



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