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Fernando Alonso Kicks Things off in Rainy Belgium

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The Formula One paddock was greeted by a damp and soggy Spa-Francorchamps this Friday morning for the first practice session of the weekend. This was just the start of what is supposed to be a widely varying weekend in terms of weather.

The 90-minute session was topped by Scuderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, followed by both Force India F1 Team drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta.

Lining up fourth and showing his skills in the wet was Sergio Perez of the Mclaren F1 team. Both drivers at Mclaren will be hoping the low downforce nature of Spa will help them this weekend. They need some decent results if they are to jump ahead of Force India in the standings.

Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg lined up fifth ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing. Behind the reigning champion was rookie Esteban Guiterrez of the Sauber F1 team, followed by his teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

Closing out the top-10 were Daniel Ricciardo, under the spotlight this weekend for his involvement with the vacant Red Bull seat, and Valtteri Bottas of the Williams F1 team.

Fernando Alonso’s teammate, Felipe Massa, ended the session 11th, ahead of Pastor Maldonado, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. Just behind them was Heikki Kovalainen of the Caterham F1 team, standing in for Charles Pic.

The Finn was drafted in to ensure the most information possible was gained from the session. Caterham and Heikki will be annoyed that the session was dominated by rain.

Rounding out the field were Giedo van der Garde, Max Chilton, Mark Webber, Jules Bianchi and the Lotus F1 team duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. The latter, a new father, will be hoping to gain as much experience at this track as possible, as he has failed to complete a single racing lap in his previous two starts at this circuit.