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Free Practice 1

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Thanks for joining us this morning for the first of the free practice sessions, be sure to come back for the second coming up at one o'clock this afternoon.

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Vettel and Sutil in fourth and sixth means there are four Germans in the top sixth, with Lewis Hamilton meaning it is Brits that complete those six places

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A couple of late developments behind the top two as Jenson Button takes a minor personal victory to go fastest in the wet, but over eight seconds behind the leader

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We are out of time now as the chequered flag falls, Schumacher and Rosberg maintain their top two positions that they just about got in in time before the rain came down

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Jarno Trulli spins, but just about stays on track and there was no traffic around so no harm done

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There appears to be a few spots of rain around again, no one wants to see that.

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Hamilton then pips the Brazilian and goes within 10 seconds of Schumacher's time.

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Massa sets the quickest wet time, but still along way behind the leading pair

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Most drivers are back out there now, but running out of time this morning

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The track is drying out quite nicely now, this first session will just run out of time before anyone goes back onto slick tyres but pnly just

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Massa is out there, as is Hamilton, both are yet to set times

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The session to re-start in just a few seconds time, and here come the cars now

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Weather-wise the rain seems to have fully ceased now and once the recovery vehicle is out of the way there may be some half decent times set

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Di Resta's Force India is being removed now and there will be time for a few more laps once that has successfully been extracted

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Nothing going on again as the spectators look a little disgruntled having survived the downpour

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The medical cars are out on track and off to have a look at turn nine which has proved perilous

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The red flag has been waved after di Resta's crash

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It appears the Scot just lost his rear end going into that corner and hit the barrier at a reasonable speed, he is perfectly fine though

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Paul di Resta has gone off at turn 9, the same corner that Senna struggled with, he is side on into the barrier though but his session is equally over

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Button takes third place and effectively that can be called first in the wet conditions.

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Massa is back in the pits and it looks like his session is over, there appears to be a problem with his Ferrari, it isn't clear what

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Button out there setting a competitive time

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Vettel being told that he is deploying DRS too early

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Bruno Senna being consoled by his team in the pits after his incident a few moments ago, he could do without added pressure considering his situation at Lotus Renault

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Webber in third is over 15 seconds behind Schumacher's time in the dry, we will see times slowly improving though and catching up the leading two as the sun and the cars dry the track out

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Alonso out on track with intermediates and moves up to fifth spot

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The Mclaren boys have only completed three laps between them, they just don't fancy the wet weather

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Webber's lap would suggest it is not the time for full wet tyres anymore, he did that relatively speedy lap on the intermediates

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Mark Webber sets the best of the wet laps so far although not looking entirely comfortable all the way round

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Stewards are recovering Senna's Renault, it did go into the barrier with a bit of a crunch, the yellow flags are out at that corner

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More than half the drivers have set times now, but again it is largely irrelevant at this stage

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Bruno Senna has spun off and is backed into the barrier at turn nine, there doesn't seem to be much damage done and he is certainly fine

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There is certainly less spray being kicked up by the cars out there now than ten minutes or so before, but still a lot of water out there on the track

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Sergio Perez runs off, but again no harm done and he slides back into the pits

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Alguersuari is up to third, but the times are not really crucial at this stage as he is the best part of 20 seconds behind Rosberg's time in the dry earlier on

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The decision between full wet and intermediate tyres continues to be the number one issue for the teams, most are out on full wet but one or two are gambling on the other compound

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Schumacher himself runs very wide on Pouhon corner, but there is no issue as the run-off area is all tarmac

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Buemi and Senna post times, but they will not be competing with Schumacher's time in these conditions

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Still only three men have recorded times with Sutil posting a time well below the Renaults' earlier in the morning

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Button and Hamilton certainly aren't heading back out as they are deep in discussion with their team in the pits

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Just one lap for the Spaniard and he is back in the pits, more and more cars are returnign to the circuit though as Bruno Senna heads out

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Here comes Fernando Alonso to give the improving conditions a test

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Sutil already losing the grip from the extreme wet tyres, they won't last very long at all out there

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Sutil out there on the full wet tyres and told that as soon as he feels them going to get back into the pits, it will take a little while for the track to dry off though, it is pretty well drenched

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Out comes both Adrian Sutil and Jaime Alguersuari as the sun starts to come out and the rain has halted entirely

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Hamilton back in the pits after one lap round, Button is in the pits looking very pleased he wasn't as brave/stupid as his team mate to go out there on the intermediates

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The sun is just starting to show its face, that may be what has encouraged Lewis to keep the intermediates on, but it may be better to get the full wet tyres on after he aquaplanes momentarily

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Hamilton braving the conditions now with intermediate tyres on, as was Vettel

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Vettel told to watch out for small rivers by his team over the radio, not what you want to hear and he returns to the pits after a predictably pedestrian lap

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Some what surprisingly Sebastian Vettel is out there producing an enormous amount of spray with every move, he is understandably driving very cautiously

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If anyone is looking for a long-shot you can back the home favourite Jerome d'Ambrosio at 5000/1, could the Belgian fans spur him on, the bookies would suggest not

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Looking at what the bookies think about this contest, they are still backing Sebastian Vettel to prosper despite only winning one of the last five races. After him come Hamilton and Alonso with Button "The Rainman" available at 7/1.

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The rain has absolutely soaked the track and even when this stops the drivers won't be in a hurry to get out there with all the standing water around

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Eavesdropping on Jaime Alguersuari's team radio they reckon this shower will only last another five minutes, but to be honest that looks pretty optimistic

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After Jenson Button's performances in Canada and Hungary in the wet, does he become favourite for this race?

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Still no one out there as the weather looks only to be getting worse. Have a browse of the Drivers Standings Table to keep yourselves entertained:

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The radar isn't looking too promising as far as a return to action goes, and it has very quickly turned into quite a significant down pour

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Nothing going on out there at the moment except plenty of spectators diving under umbrellas or their flags if they have not come prepared

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The track completely emptying out now as the drivers look to get off the slick tyres and get on more appropriate rubber for this weather

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Jarno Trulli the first to fall foul of the rain as he slides off onto the grass, no harm done though to him or his Lotus

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Still only the two Mercedes men have recorded times, that may well not change for a while as the rain gets heavier by the moment

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There are a few spots of rain around now, nothing too serious yet but it will keep the teams on their toes

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Schumacher improves on his time to take it down to 1:54.355, but it is very early days

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Everyone has made an appearance out there now, with Lewis Hamilton the last to emerge from the pits

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The mercedes pair are the first to set times this morning, with Schumacher leading the way with a 1.55.007

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Here comes Red Bull's Mark Webber as well as the track becomes very busy early on

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The biggest names out there already are Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumancher along with a host of others who want to get out there before any rain arrives

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Cars are out on track out in Belgium and the rain that is forecast is yet to arrive and the track looks eprfectly dry.

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Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the first free practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps