Rosberg tops first practice at Spa-Francorchamps

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Belgium, Circuit De Spa-Francorchampsbe

Nico Rosberg topped the first practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, topping his teammate Lewis Hamilton by less than a second and confirming that the Mercedes has not lost a bit of its speed over the summer break.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third fastest with Kimi Raikkonen in 5th. The Scuderia though have commonly run different programmes and may again fall down the pecking order as the weekend progresses.

McLaren started the weekend well too with Button 4th and Magnussen 7th.

Meanwhile, halfway into the session, Vettel hit trouble and returned to the pits. It soon showed that he would not return to the track in the session as the team dismantled the rear end of his car, removing one of the radiators to replace it with a new item.

At the back of the field, Rossi drove the Marussia for the first time and found himself nearly 1.5 seconds off the pace of his teammate. Chilton though will return to the cockpit for the remainder of the weekend after contractual issues have been resolved.

At Caterham, Kobayashi's replacement, Andre Lotterer immediately beat regular race driver Marcus Ericsson, going a tenth quicker. The Audi endurance racer so far only has a deal for one race, but the team have not ruled out further negotiations if the performance is there.


16Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:51.577-25
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:51.6740.09724
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:51.8050.22816
422Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:52.4040.82721
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:52.8181.24117
611Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:52.9031.32624
720Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:52.9221.34523
827Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:52.9371.36022
93Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:52.9721.39519
1077Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:53.1721.59520
111Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:53.3691.79211
1226Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:53.5942.01721
138Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:53.5972.02020
1499Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:53.7032.12614
1519Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:53.9682.39120
1625Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:54.1892.61220
1736Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1:54.3352.75816
1813Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:55.3363.75921
1917Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:55.7824.20519
2042Alexander RossiMarussia-Ferrari1:57.2325.65520
2145Andre LottererCaterham-Renault1:57.8866.30924
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:57.9776.40024