Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium: Ferrari's Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso lapped more than 29 seconds off the pace in a rain-lashed and meaningless first practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday.
Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi ended up with his name on top of the timing screens after a fastest lap of two minutes 11.389 seconds but the Japanese was among a small minority to get into double figures with his lap tally.
Most of the rest stayed in their garages for long periods of the morning session as the classic Ardennes track took a steady soaking and prevented any serious attempt by teams to gain data and try out new developments.
Alonso, who has a 40 point lead over Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber after 11 of the 20 races, ended up 22nd and with a time 29.360 seconds slower than Kobayashi....more
06:20 PM, Aug 31, 2012