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Summary

  1. Hamilton fastest in rain-interrupted session, Raikkonen second
  2. Saturday's final practice and qualifying live on BBC Sport website
  3. Raikkonen fastest in first practice, Massa crashes heavily
  4. Vettel leads Hamilton by 14 points in title race

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheet - ominous ahead of qualifying but the race simulation runs paint a different picture about Ferraris pace. It promises to be a fascinating weekend.

I'll leave you with Andrew Benson's take on Friday practice. We're back for build up to final practice at 09:30 BST. See you then.

FP2 - the rest

11) Alonso

12) Perez

13) Grosjean

14) Vandoorne

15) Kvyat

16) Magnussen

17) Stroll

18) Ericsson

19) Wehrlein

20) Massa

FP2 - top 10

1) Hamilton 1:44.753

2) Raikkonen +0.262

3) Bottas +0.427

4) Verstappen +0.472

5) Vettel +0.489

6) Ricciardo

7) Hulkenberg

8) Ocon

9) Sainz

10) Palmer

Chequered flag

The chequered flag is waved at no-one.

Lewis Hamilton finishes quickest in second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Yeah, it's definitely raining...

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Lance Stroll is out of his car and has whipped off his helmet. He's not going back out, no-one is to be honest. That rain is going nowhere and there's only a couple of minutes left.

Keep dry at any cost?

We know it's wet here at Spa-Francorchamps...

However, we're not sure if this gentleman has pulled his seat off the grandstand to keep dry?

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Daniel Ricciardo may as well get the oars out and paddle. His Red Bull is basically a canoe now because the rain is that heavy. He just about manages to get back into the pits before having to abandon ship.

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Bouncing down.

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Your dream F1 role (apart from a driver)

Rayhan: Journalist/analyst my dream role in #f1

Chris Marsh: Given the choice of all roles in the F1 (bar driver) BBC live stream writer ;-)

It's not as glamorous as it looks, Chris. Actually, does it even look glamorous?

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Umbrellas up, macs on. The rain is fair coming down now with 13 minutes of the session remaining.

Daniel Ricciardo ain't afraid of a few drops, though. He's gone out on inters. The rest of the teams watch on with interest.

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TV personality and daredevil Guy Martin is getting well stuck into his weekend role as a Williams mechanic.

What role - apart from a driver - would you most like to do in F1?

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Robert Way: On a bank holiday weekend it's rather apt that bad weather may dictate who takes victory!

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Spa-Francorchamps

On the long runs, Sebastian Vettel's average lap time was 1:49.975, Hamilton's average time is 1:50.697. A completely different picture on the race runs from what we'd seen. Friday is very difficult to read but on face value that is a surprising amount of pace from Ferrari.

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Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

It feels like Silverstone at 11am in November. It is horrible at the moment.

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The rain is getting heavier and drivers are heading back to the pits.

"If there is rain on track we should back off, we are not going to learn anything," Renault tell Nico Hulkenberg.

Heavy rain incoming

"Reports of light rain at Turns 5 and 6. Definitely some heavy rain on the way," Fernando Alonso is told.

"Some raindrops at Turn 15. Watch out there," Sebastian Vettel is warned.

RAINDROPS KLAXON.

"It's spitting a bit," says Marcus Ericsson.

Moody, moody clouds above Spa right now.

"OK, Max, that last lap was four tenths quicker than the Mercs," Max Verstappen is told.

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"Oops," he replies.

That's pretty much it for qualifying runs as focus switches to the race simulation runs for the remaining 30 minutes.

Daniel Ricciardo was fastest of all through the first sector but the Australian couldn't keep it up for the remainder of his lap and although he improves with 1:46.072 it is only good enough for sixth.

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Schumacher: Seven Days That Changed F1

I mentioned earlier that it is 26 years ago to the day that Michael Schumacher made his Formula 1 debut.

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The story of how it came about is fascinating and you can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's fine programme on it here.

Daniel Ricciardo is finally onto the ultra-softs. Let's see what the Red Bull has got.

An Alonso-eye view

Fernando Alonso had a niggly first practice with a few issues hampering his running. It's been much better in second practice and he's just gone 10th quickest on the ultra-softs with a 1:46.743.

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

It is overcast but I'm not sensing imminent rain.

Daniel Ricciardo is resisting the urge to join his rivals in doing some quick laps. He's yet to bolt the purple tyres on his Red Bull and is down in 11th.

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Paribes: Mercs way tooooo fast at Spa! Maybe it's the right time for Ferraris to change those PUs and suffer grid penalties.

Sebastian Vettel attempts a second lap on the ultra-softs and he does improve in the first sector but doesn't carry that through the next two sectors and stays fifth.

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Showers incoming?

#F1 #BBCF1 #BELGIANGP FP2 1336BST Showers are approaching from the SW and on current trajectory could affect the circuit later this session

Boom. Lewis Hamilton puts down a 1:44.75 to reclaim top spot. He's two tenths quicker than Kimi Raikkonen and, crucially, half a second quicker than title rival Sebastian Vettel.

On. It.

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It's a brief stay for Sebastian Vettel as Valtteri Bottas and then Kimi Raikkonen go quicker, Raikkonen topping the order with a 1:45.015.

But here comes Lewis Hamilton...

Sebastian Vettel goes quickest of all with a 1:45.235.

And Jolyon Palmer is next to cross the line with ultra-softs on his car. The Briton goes P6, two tenths slower than his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

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The front runners are out on the track now with purple boots on. Sebastian Vettel is the first start his flying lap...

Nico Hulkenberg is first out on the ultra-softs and he goes fourth quickest courtesy of a 1:46.441.

ON THIS DAY...

... in 1991, Michael Schumacher made his Formula 1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix.

You can read about how Schumacher's big break came about here.

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