To no surprise the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have topped the timetable in the first practice session at Spa-Francorchamps.

Rosberg was a mere tenth of a second faster than Hamilton, who completed one less lap than his team-mate.

Fernando Alonso was next for Ferrari, ending the session not far off in third and 0.2 seconds of the Mercedes pace.

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His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen made a surprise visit to the top five despite suffering a brief interruption to his session when his ERS overheated.

Debutant Andre Lotterer finished his first session with Caterham a tenth of a second quicker than his team-mate Marcus Ericsson in last place.

Jenson Button split the two Ferrari’s in fourth position showing encouraging signs for McLaren this weekend. At a circuit that places emphasis over downforce, Mercedes powered cars will have an advantage throughout the weekend.

Williams seemed to have made a slow start coming back from the summer break, as Valtteri Bottas was their highest placed driver in 10th. Felipe Massa was further down the order in 15th position behind Adrian Sutil’s Sauber.

Daniel Ricciardo was the quickest for Red Bull, ending the session in ninth position and fourth tenths quicker than reigning world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel in 11th.


2014 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results:

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 1:51.577 25
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 1:51.674 + 0.097 24
3. Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:51.805 + 0.228 16
4. Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:52.404 + 0.827 21
5. Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:52.818 + 1.241 17
6. Sergio Pérez Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:52.903 + 1.326 24
7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:52.922 + 1.345 23
8. Nico Hülkenberg Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:52.937 + 1.360 22
9. Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 1:52.972 + 1.395 19
10. Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:53.172 + 1.595 20
11. Sebastian Vettel Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 1:53.369 + 1.792 11
12. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:53.594 + 2.017 21
13. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:53.597 + 2.020 20
14. Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:53.703 + 2.126 14
15. Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:53.968 + 2.391 20
16. Jean-Éric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:54.189 + 2.612 20
17. Giedo van der Garde nl Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:54.335 + 2.758 16
18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:55.336 + 3.759 21
19. Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:55.782 + 4.205 19
20. Alexander Rossi us Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:57.232 + 5.655 20
21. André Lotterer Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:57.886 + 6.309 24
22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:57.977 + 6.400 24

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