Vettel moves ahead in second practice
23 August 2013 – Sebastian Vettel led the way during second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon. Amid improved weather conditions at Spa-Francorchamps, the Red Bull driver posted a time of 1:49.331 to lead team-mate Mark Webber by 0.059 seconds, while Lotus rival Romain Grosjean completed the top three.
With overcast skies clearing in the break between sessions, the drivers were able to complete their first meaningful mileage on Pirelli's Medium and Hard compound tyres this afternoon. Vettel and Webber instantly looked at ease, moving to the front in the early stages and ending the session as the only men under the 1:50.000 barrier.
Vettel's session came to a premature end due to a right-rear puncture with around 20 minutes remaining, the German having to crawl back to the pits after it began to give way at Stavelot. But with the final two thirds of the session predominantly set aside for race simulations, his position at the top of the timing screens was never under threat.
Grosjean was best of the rest behind the top two, just over eight tenths of a second adrift of the ultimate pace. Despite suffering from oversteer, Felipe Massa led Ferrari's charge in fourth position, just ahead of Jean-Éric Vergne and Kimi Räikkönen.
Morning pace-setter Fernando Alonso fell back to seventh in the second 90-minute session, with Sergio Pérez, Nico Rosberg and Paul di Resta completing the top ten. Hungary winner Lewis Hamilton wound up 12th after a series of off-track excursions.
In the battle at the back of the field, Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde led the way despite a heavy crash at Stavelot. The Dutchman outpaced team-mate Charles Pic by nearly one tenth of a second, with Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton bringing up the rear.
Saturday's third and final practice session at Spa-Francorchamps begins at 11am local time (GMT +2) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature