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Lewis Hamilton comfortably set the fastest time of FP2 for the Belgian Grand Prix in a session hit by two red flags.

Hamilton's time of 1:49.189 put him over 0.6s clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg on the soft compound tyre, with Fernando Alonso again a close third as he had been in the morning session. However, the afternoon's running was twice halted by red flags; once for a crash for Pastor Maldonado and another when Esteban Gutierrez spun.

Maldonado's crash was the most surprising as he drifted on to the grass on the run down to Pouhon and didn't appear to be in any hurry to return to the track when he lost control and spun to hit the wall on the inside of the circuit, with no technical problem immediately obvious. The heavily damaged car came to rest at the entry to Pouhon and ruled him out of the rest of the session after just two laps.

For Gutierrez it was a high-speed spin at Blanchimont which ended his running, with Sauber saying a technical problem caused the incident which also left the car stranded to bring out the red flags for a second time.

Both drivers got more track time than Sebastian Vettel, however, with his Red Bull requiring a power unit change which ruled him out of the entire session having only completed 11 laps in FP1.

Rosberg and Alonso were the only drivers with a second of Hamilton - with part of the gap to Rosberg explained by the championship leader running wide at Les Combes. Fourth quickest was Felipe Massa for Williams but he was 1.1s off the pace.

Jenson Button was again near the top of the times as he finished the session fifth fastest ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo himself only completed 16 laps as Red Bull had trouble on both sides of the garage.

After confusion over his race seat, Max Chilton returned to drive his Marussia in FP2 after Alexander Rossi had been in the car in the first session. Rossi was set to complete the full race weekend before Chilton was drafted back in, with the Briton finishing the session 1.3s slower than team-mate Jules Bianchi.

At Caterham, Andre Lotterer completed an encouraging opening day of practice by completing 24 laps and finishing just 0.043s slower than team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who in turn was only 0.010s slower than Chilton as Caterham ran an updated aerodynamic package.


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SeymoreRacing: I think this could be the seminal race in the season.

Seminal: relating to or denoting semen.

I hope this isn't a seminal race.

Thanks for that interpretation and I agree that wouldn't be a happy ending!
I was however referring to one of the other definitions of a seminal event - Highly original and influencing the development of future events. A seminal moment is that brief lapse of time in which something happens that is potentially life changing, or changes the course of things. It is that instant when the seed is planted to develop into something bigger.

I think this could be the seminal race in the season.
Win it, and I think Hamilton will accelerate away and take the championship.
Crash out or have reliability issues again and I think his head could go.