Belgian Grand Prix 2013: Vettel quickest in Friday practice

Belgian Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel tops the timesheets in second practice session ahead of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber

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Sebastian Vettel in practice action in Belgium Photo: Red Bull/Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets in the second Friday practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix, ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.

The German beat Webber by 0.059 seconds, with Lotus’s Romain Grosjean third, 0.8 seconds behind, and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa fourth.

After topping the first practice session at Spa, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was seventh-quickest, while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who looked to be struggling with a lack of grip, was 12th.

Vettel appeared to be in trouble when his right rear tyre failed, and the German said afterwards that he still does not know what the problem was.

“We don’t know what happened yet,” said Vettel. “I lost the rear right very suddenly. We need to have a look. At the moment we are trying to understand. Other than that it was a positive day.

“Rain is very likely on Saturday and Sunday, the question is when, how much and where. We had a look at the car. But both of us seemed pretty happy with what we had.”

Belgian Grand Prix 2013: Friday practice (combined times)

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 49.331s

2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 49.390s

3. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 50.149s

4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 50.164s

5. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 50.253s

6. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 50.318s

7. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 50.510s

8. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1m 50.536s

9. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 50.601s

10. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 50.611s

11. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 50.629s

12. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 50.751s

13. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1m 50.972s

14. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1m 50.991s

15. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 51.195s

16. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 51.447s

17. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 1m 51.568s

18. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 51.644s

19. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1m 53.157s

20. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1m 53.251s

21. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Cosworth 1m 53.482s

22. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 1m 54.418s

23. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham-Renault 1m 57.821s*

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