After a surprise-free opening qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps, there was a minor shock in Q2 as neither Toyota made it through into the top ten shoot-out for only the second time in 2008.
The Cologne-based team, which could almost call Spa a 'home' round, saw its last hope of continued participation in the timed session extinguished as Mark Webber's late improvement pushed Jarno Trulli out of tenth place. The Italian had only just improved his mark in ninth, and was a sitting duck as those behind him on track took their shot.
Trulli's team-mate, Timo Glock, had previously failed to improve on his eleventh place and, likewise, Webber's Red Bull colleague, David Coulthard, on twelfth, and both were pushed back by Webber's climb from 13th. Nelson Piquet Jr and Nico Rosberg also joined the bottom five in the session.
Heikki Kovalainen set the fastest time of the 15 minutes - and the weekend so far - as some sense of normality was restored after Sebastien Bourdais' Q1 heroics, with Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa rounding out the top five.
For the second race in a row, however, both
Toro Rossos made the cut, with Bourdais rewarded for his earlier fastest lap by getting through in eighth place, one ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel and just behind both Fernando Alonso and Robert Kubica.