Belgium Grand Prix – Final Practice Results: 2nd

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A solid morning for Lotus F1 Team at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, with Kimi and Romain bringing the E20s home well inside the top ten in FP3 as the countdown to qualifying begins.

Key Moments :

00mins : KR immediately out on medium tyres, RG on the hard compound
19mins : KR emerges for a 2nd run after tyre pressure changes ; RG still circulating
35mins : RG out for his next stint ; a few setup tweaks for the Frenchman
37mins : RG goes fastest on the medium rubber
40mins : KR takes to the track once more ; hard tyres this time for the Finn
45mins : KR jumps up into the top 5 despite running the harder compound
54mins : RG joins the action for one final stint on medium rubber
56mins : KR adopts the same strategy ; goes P2 with his final lap
60mins : Chequered flag ; KR P2, RG P8


In stark contrast to Friday’s monsoon-like conditions, clear blue skies and sunshine over the stunning Spa-Francorchamps circuit provided a much more satisfactory setting as the drivers queued up in the pitlane ; every team seeking to make the most of FP3 after losing a significant amount or running time to the weather in yesterday’s sessions.

The Lotus F1 Team pairing joined the line of cars heading straight out on track ; white marked medium compound Pirelli tyres for Kimi and the silver banded hard rubber for Romain.

Reporting a slightly stiff car, the Finn returned to base for tyre pressure changes before re-joining the fray on identical rubber to his initial run ; his French counterpart still circulating on his first stint as the team sought to gather as much data as possible before qualifying.

Eventually, the reigning GP2 Series Champion pitted for minor setup tweaks before emerging once more to briefly set the fastest time after a switch to the medium rubber. His team-mate – adopting an opposing strategy – took to the tarmac on hard tyres and put in an impressive lap to climb into the top five on the theoretically slower rubber.

As the session came to a close, both drivers launched their E20s out of the pits for final assaults on the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps ; Kimi in particular improving significantly to clinch P2 at the flag while Romain brought his car home in a solid P8 to conclude a productive morning for the team.

Pos  Driver              Car                   Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m48.542s            18
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault         1m48.683s  + 0.141s  21
 3.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1m48.850s  + 0.308s  23
 4.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m48.863s  + 0.321s  20
 5.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m49.091s  + 0.549s  18
 6.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m49.092s  + 0.550s  16
 7.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m49.164s  + 0.622s  21
 8.  Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault         1m49.266s  + 0.724s  23
 9.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m49.292s  + 0.750s  23
10.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1m49.382s  + 0.840s  22
11.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault      1m49.561s  + 1.019s  23
12.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m49.615s  + 1.073s  19
13.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m49.621s  + 1.079s  26
14.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes  1m49.674s  + 1.132s  23
15.  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m49.710s  + 1.168s  21
16.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m49.776s  + 1.234s  22
17.  Bruno Senna         Williams-Renault      1m50.027s  + 1.485s  20
18.  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault      1m52.339s  + 3.797s  21
19.  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.566s  + 4.024s  20
20.  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.630s  + 4.088s  18
21.  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault      1m52.809s  + 4.267s  22
22.  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth          1m53.383s  + 4.841s  22
23.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth          1m53.562s  + 5.020s  23
24.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m58.113s  + 9.571s  5

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