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  1. F1 Rewind on BBC Two - click play tab at top of this page
  2. Rosberg fastest in second practice, Hamilton 2nd
  3. Rosberg suffers violent tyre failure
  4. Ericsson crashes heavily

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Martin brundle

Right then, time for me to wrap things up here but it is by no means the end of your F1 following day. You can still watch some classic Michael Schumacher races in F1 Rewind on the top of this page (live coverage tab for mobile users) or on BBC Two.

We'll be back with final practice coverage tomorrow at 09:30 BST. 

I'm off to indulge in some classic Murray Walker commentary, I suggest you do to!

Lewis Hamilton, speaking to BBC Sport about Nico Rosberg's incident:  "It is not something you have to think about. You just go out and drive and hope for the best. No evidence of problems with my car, fortunately Nico was not hurt.

"The car was feeling good. Nico was quick but otherwise I really enjoyed the day. I'll try and find the time and keep pushing.

"Red Bull are looking closer this weekend than they have for a while, so should be close."

Nico Rosberg

In case you missed it, you can see the dramatic moment Nico Rosberg's tyre exploded here.

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Wow - so Nico wasn't even aware the tyre was delaminating. #BBCF1 wow.

"It was not a nice experience. A 360 degree spin at 200mph is not something you expect at all. Luckily I did not hit the wall. I didn't feel anything before, there was no warning. There will be a big analysis. I was feeling quick before then, comfortable."

Nico Rosberg

We could see in replays that Nico Rosberg's right rear suffered tyre delamination before it exploded, but when our man Tom Clarkson informed the German, it appeared it was the first he knew about that happening.

Think that is a signal to get BBC Sport on in the Mercedes garage...

"I think an F1 driver's mind is like an etch-a-sketch. They just wipe away these incidents. Nico Rosberg will have no emotion to it at all. If he did, he would not get back in a race car."

David CoulthardBBC F1 commentator

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#bbcf1 @bbcf1 very interesting to see the video clip before @nico_rosberg 's tyre blew up. Hope @MercedesAMGF1 find out what caused it

FP2 result

1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Ricciardo 4) Kvyat 5) Raikkonen 6) Hulkenberg 7) Grosjean 8) Ericsson 9) Nasr 10) Vettel 

11) Perez 12) Sainz 13) Verstappen 14) Bottas 15) Maldonado 16) Massa 17) Button 18) Alonso 19) Stevens 20) Merhi

"If you can hear me, which I doubt, we lost all the power."

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean comes to a halt on the track as the chequered flag is waved and his fellow F1 drivers crawl past his Lotus with the yellow flags waving.

Chequered flag


Yellow flag

Spark-tastic as Daniel Ricciardo runs a little wide at the top of Eau Rouge, prompting a brief flutter of the yellow flags.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

"Lewis Hamilton is not on any sort of long run idea with that medium tyre, he will get one lap and that is it. Sebastian Vettel is continuing his longish run."

A little while after the rest, Lewis Hamilton heads on out, medium tyres bolted on.

Go! Go! Go!

Back under way again as a parade of cars file out on to the circuit with a little over four minutes of the session remaining. Everyone on softs, except for Kimi Raikkonen.

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Spa

"Pictures prove cord of Rosberg's right rear tyre had started to come free of the structure from just after Eau Rouge."

It was indeed quite hard, with an audible 'doof!' as the Sauber clatters into the tyres. Marcus Ericsson is OK, though, as he climbs out of the car and watches on as it is dealt with.


Sauber team radio

Er, in the wall. Quite hard. Sorry.

Marcus Ericsson

Red flag

A short-lived restart as the red flags are waved with Marcus Ericsson's Sauber in the wall at Pouhon.

"I hit the wall, sorry," he says.

Go! Go! Go!

OK, the circuit is clear again and everyone quickly heads back out on to the circuit with 13 minutes left. 

Lewis Hamilton, for now, does not head out. Mercedes perhaps keen to establish what happened to Nico Rosberg before sending the Briton back out.

A bit more from Nico Rosberg about that incident: "I think the tyre broke on the rear but I am not sure. 

"Let us wait and see but I was at maximum speed so that is not good. There was no debris. I had it happen before in testing."

"That was definitely not fun," says Nico Rosberg calmly as he walks back to the Mercedes garage.

King of the understatement right there.


Phew, that was rather nervy even from here! #FP2 over and a long walk back for @nico_rosberg but the main thing is he's ok #F1 #BelgianGP

Mercedes engineer

Nico Rosberg is up and out of his car, which is then lifted up on to the recovery truck. The German waves to the crowd, assuring them he is a-ok. 

Breathe easy.

James Allen

BBC Radio 5 live F1 commentator

Nico Rosberg

"That was a scary, heart-in the mouth moment for Nico Rosberg. I hope his wife was not watching back home."

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

Nico Rosberg

"He spun round and thankfully there was a huge amount of run-off area but that was a heart stopping moment for Nico Rosberg."

Wow! Dramatic scenes as Nico Rosberg's right-rear explodes approaching Blanchimont. The Mercedes spins, but thankfully manages to avoid the barrier. Rosberg is OK.

Red flag

Spin for Nico Rosberg and the session is stopped...

Nico Rosberg was lapping in the mid-1:54s but his times are dropping off a bit now, his latest a 1:56.765.

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

"I am stood by the Williams garage. They have been doing some setup changes to Felipe Massa car and both now have the same rear-wing set up."

Interesting to see the Williams pair of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa way down the timesheet - 14th and 16th respectively. Jennie Gow has popped over to their garage to see what's going on...

Heading into the final 30 minutes of the session and teams are either preparing for, or have already started, their race simulation runs. 

 "Target lap time is low 1:54s," comes the message from the Mercedes pitwall.

Sauber have called Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr in after their low fuel runs. Pastor Maldonado is also told to box because of a problem with the front left brake caliper on his Lotus.

Nico Rosberg's 1:49.385 is still the benchmark, will someone beat Lewis Hamilton's timesheet topping 1:49.189 from 2014?

Romain Grosjean goes fourth fastest, putting him behind Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. 

Two Saubers have the fifth and sixth fastest times, with Marcus Ericsson ahead of team-mate Felipe Nasr.

Pastor Maldonado, meanwhile, has been out and 1:53.981 and completed a time lap in the now repaired Lotus. He doesn't look entirely comfortable, though, running wide at Turn 15, a corner that also causes Max Verstappen a little bit of bother soon after.

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