Giancarlo Fisichella was the highest profile casualty of the second round of qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, the Italian being shuffled out of the top ten after the chequered flag had fallen.

The Renault pilot, still fighting for his job next year, ended the second 15-minute session in eleventh spot, having been edged out of the final shoot-out by a late improvement from countryman Jarno Trulli. The Toyota man ensured that the Cologne-based outfit had one representative in the final phase after team-mate Ralf Schumacher also missed the cut.

Unlike Q1, there was no tumbling of times in the final moments, with only Trulli and, ironically, Fisichella improving enough to alter position. In Fisi's case, however, it wasn't enough to escape the clutches of the drop zone, where he was joined by Schumacher, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Tonio Liuzzi and Alex Wurz.

Luckiest escape went to Mark Webber, who missed the chequered flag and could not complete a second flying lap, but still held on to a top ten spot.

Kimi Raikkonen set the pace, clocking a weekend best 1min 45.070secs effort, but the Finn was closely followed by Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, with Fernando Alonso a little adrift in fourth.

 

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