2014 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Second free practice

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Welcome to live text coverage of second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix!
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It is still dry and we're all set for another 90 minutes of practice
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Nico Rosberg led the way this morning, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton
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Fernando Alonso was best of the rest for Ferrari in third
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There are a couple of driver changes this afternoon
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Esteban Gutierrez is back in the cockpit after Giedo van der Garde's FP1 outing
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While Max Chilton has reclaimed his Marussia cockpit from Alexander Rossi
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American Rossi had been set to make his Grand Prix debut this weekend, but the team went back on its decision for as yet unconfirmed reasons
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Soft and Medium tyres to Spa
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In terms of DRS, there are two zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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The first comes on the Kemmel straight, with the second along the main straight
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Chilton is getting himself ready for the session at the back of the Marussia garage
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For reference, air and track temperatures are sitting at 17°C and 31°C
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Dark clouds are rolling in as the session approaches
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But the risk of rain throughout FP2 is only 20 per cent
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Second practice gets underway at Spa
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Chilton is the first driver out in his Marussia
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He will be looking to make up for lost time this afternoon
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Vettel is not going anywhere soon, with his car currently up on jacks
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Mechanics are working on a fix after the German hit engine trouble in FP1
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Plenty more cars have now taken to the track
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Magnussen posts the first time of the session: 1:52.677
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Maldonado has hit the barriers
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Replays show the Lotus man running over the grass at the exit of Turn 9, before losing control and hitting the barriers
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He eventually came to a halt at Pouhon
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The session has now been red flagged
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Maldonado is out of his car and unharmed
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Red Bull has confirmed that Vettel will not be taking part in FP2
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The session will restart at 14:14 local time
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After that brief stoppage, we're green again
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Magnussen is the first driver back out
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Button usurps team-mate Magnussen with a 1:52.285
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Sutil is up to third, ahead of Bianchi and Sauber team-mate Gutierrez
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Rosberg moves to the front on 1:52.065
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Massa has slotted into second position
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Hamilton breaks into the 1m51s, four tenths down on Rosberg's FP1 benchmark
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Alonso clocks a 1:51.693 to go quickest
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All drivers bar the sidelined Maldonado and Vettel have posted times
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We're yet to see the Soft tyre compound appear
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Hamilton retakes P1 with a 1:51.276
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That's the fastest time of the weekend so far
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Replays show Ricciardo running wide at Les Combes
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Gutierrez is facing the wrong way coming out of Blanchimont
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Replays show the Sauber driver simply losing the rear of his car
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Gutierrez says there was something wrong with his gearbox at the time
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The session has been red flagged again
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If Gutierrez's session is over, he'll end the day with just seven laps to his name
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He is currently making the short walk back to the pits
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The session will restart at 14:36 local time
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After another short delay, FP2 resumes
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Lotterer is the first to head back out
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The Caterham driver is on the Soft tyres
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A few more have switched to the Option rubber
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Expect to see some lap time improvements
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Magnussen, on Softs, goes quickest on 1:51.074
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Button, also on the softer tyre, edges ahead of his team-mate
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Sutil jumps up to fourth with a mid 1m51s lap
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Grosjean up to seventh in his Lotus
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Raikkonen told that his car requires changes due to a misfire
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Kvyat goes second, splitting the McLaren drivers
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Hulkenberg improves to fourth, just 0.003s down on Magnussen
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Bottas jumps to second position
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The Mercedes duo are now out on Softs
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"The rear end is all over the place," Grosjean reports
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Rosberg storms clear on 1:49.793
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That's almost a second faster than Button
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Hamilton now takes P1 by six tenths of a second
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Rosberg lost some time at Turn 7, but that's quite a message from Hamilton
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Alonso also breaks into the 1m49s and moves up to third
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Massa has edged ahead of Button for fourth
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Expect some longer runs now after the flurry of Soft tyre laps
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Ricciardo goes eighth with his first Soft tyre lap
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He's slightly out of sync with his rivals
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Replays show Ricciardo getting out of shape through Turn 9
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Replays show plenty of sparks coming from the rear of Chilton's car
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Hamilton completes a practice start at the exit of the pit lane
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That all looked clean and comfortable
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There appears to be some bodywork on the track at Pouhon
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Replays show Button locking up and running wide at the final chicane
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Of the drivers still involved, just Ricciardo and Chilton are in the pits
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Button switches from Softs to Mediums
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Hamilton and Rosberg are both lapping in the mid 1m54s
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Replays show Alonso running all over the kerbs at the exit of Eau Rouge
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We've seen a few drivers push the limits there today...
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"The rear is so poor in the car," reports Raikkonen
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He pits and switches to the Soft tyre
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Rosberg is told that his tyre temperatures are dropping
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That could in turn affect grip in traffic
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Given the state of the clouds, that's quite surprising...
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Rosberg and Hamilton pit for Medium tyres
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Alonso has pitted and taken his helmet off with a minute or so to run
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The chequered flag comes out
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Hamilton stays quickest, ahead of team-mate Rosberg and Ferrari's Alonso
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Stay tuned to the website for a full report plus the latest news and photos
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We will be back for final practice at 11am local time (GMT +2) on Saturday