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DATE News (chronologically)
08/27/10
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Maldonado tops red flagged practice  Pastor Maldonado was on top once again this morning in a very wet free practice session in Spa Francorchamps, setting the fastest lap in a small break between heavy showers to finish ahead of Dani Clos and series returnee Alvaro Parente.

The Venezuelan set a best time of 2:16.498 halfway through the rain affected session: he was the first man on track to be sure of a clear view, and was constantly fastest in a session that was not likely to see too much action, given the conditions.

With all of the drivers determined not to create a drama for their mechanics there was not much in the way of action, although Michael Herck and Johnny Cecotto both stopped on track early in the session.

Just after Maldonado set his fastest lap the heavens opened and everyone tried their best just to get back to the pitlane: there were a number of spins on their return, and unfortunately for Fabio Leimer he was a passenger as his car found the wall. The impact prompted a red flag period, ahead of an early halt to the session.

Behind the top three were Herck, Romain Grosjean, Christian Vietoris, Oliver Turvey and Marcus Ericsson, all of whom will be hoping for better conditions when qualifying starts in just a few hours time.

Results

POS

NO DRIVERS NAT TEAMS TIME LAPS GAP INT.
1 15 P. MALDONADO VEN Rapax 2:16.498 8 0.000 0.000
2 7 D. CLOS ESP Racing Engineering 2:18.368 7 1.870 0.000
3 20 A. PARENTE POR Scuderia Coloni 2:18.651 8 2.153 0.283
4 26 M. HERCK ROU DPR 2:18.816 3 2.318 0.165
5 12 R. GROSJEAN FRA Dams 2:19.233 6 2.735 0.417
6 8 C. VIETORIS GER Racing Engineering 2:19.342 7 2.844 0.109
7 9 O. TURVEY GBR iSport International 2:19.579 7 3.081 0.237
8 6 M. ERICSSON SWE Super Nova Racing 2:19.603 7 3.105 0.024
9 27 F. CRESTANI ITA DPR 2:19.914 7 3.416 0.311
10 2 S. BIRD GBR ART Grand Prix 2:19.968 8 3.470 0.054
11 4 S. PEREZ MEX Barwa Addax Team 2:20.009 8 3.511 0.041
12 14 L. RAZIA BRA Rapax 2:20.079 6 3.581 0.070
13 5 L. FILIPPI ITA Super Nova Racing 2:20.301 7 3.803 0.222
14 21 V. ARABADZHIEV BUL Scuderia Coloni 2:20.335 8 3.837 0.034
15 3 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Barwa Addax Team 2:20.480 7 3.982 0.145
16 17 R. GONZALEZ VEN Arden International 2:21.001 6 4.503 0.521
17 10 D. VALSECCHI ITA iSport International 2:21.042 6 4.544 0.041
18 25 A. ZAUGG RSA Trident Racing 2:21.575 7 5.077 0.533
19 1 J. BIANCHI FRA ART Grand Prix 2:21.981 8 5.483 0.406
20 19 F. LEIMER SUI Ocean Racing Technology 2:22.769 3 6.271 0.788
21 11 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Dams 2:24.843 3 8.345 2.074
22 18 M. CHILTON GBR Ocean Racing Technology 2:25.442 3 8.944 0.599
23 16 C. PIC FRA Arden International 2:28.349 3 11.851 2.907
24 24 J. CECOTTO VEN Trident Racing - 1 - -

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