Lots of practice sessions today. It’s been hard to keep track! Jordan King was one of the slowest in F2 morning practice, at which Ramon Pinero set the fastest time, but third fastest in the afternoon. He’s getting the hang of the F2 cars and Spa very quickly. It must be crazy going out there for the first time. Miki Monras was fastest in that session.
The F2 driver missing out on this weekend is Natalia Kowalska. For some reason that I am unable to discover, Jon Lancaster hasn’t set a single lap in the morning or the afternoon despite his tweets to say that he would be driving at Spa. I hope he is okay.
In Formula One, Nico Hulkenberg crashed Paul di Resta‘s car in morning practice, and it was not ready for the Scotsman until very close to the end of the second session. Karun Chandhok suffered gearbox problems, and didn’t set a time. Red Bull are gearbox suppliers to Team Lotus, but the team were unable to get the spare parts until after the session. Jarno Trulli‘s car was ready for the afternoon.
The Red Bulls failed to dominate. Mark Webber went fastest in the morning, but it was Fernando Alonso who dipped below the 1:37s mark in the afternoon with Hamilton second and Vettel third. Jaime Alguersuari’s car had problems and the Spaniard failed to set a time.
In GP2, several drivers set good times but in the end it was Jules Bianchi who went fastest for Lotus ART. Esteban Gutierrez, who won the race here in GP3 last year, did well and finished P8 ahead of Davide Valsecchi the Monaco feature race winner. They are currently in the middle of the first qualifying session.
Finally in GP3 Alex Sims went fastest followed by birthday boy Mitch Evans. They have a second practice sesson later.