The German racer clocked a fastest time of 1:49.331, which was five-hundredths of a second quicker than his team-mate Mark Webber. The two Red Bull Racing drivers were the only racers making it into the 1m49s bracket. Third fastest driver was Romain Grosjean for Lotus. Felipe Massa was fourth quickest in the Ferrari, and Jean-Eric Vergne was fifth for Toro Rosso. Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso followed in quickest times. Sergio Pérez was eighth fastest for McLaren, ahead of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes. Paul di Resta of Force India rounded out the top ten. While the Red Bulls were ahead of the field, only four-tenths separated the third and tenth fastest practice times.
According to Red Bull, Vettel had this to say about his and his team-mate's practices on Friday:
“We don’t know what happened when I got the puncture in P2. We lost the rear right, very suddenly, so we need to have a look – Pirelli is working on finding out why it happened. Other than that, it was a positive day. This morning was tricky with a few rain drops and the track was slippery; it’s a lot colder here than Hungary, but that’s Spa and part of this circuit. This afternoon, we had stable conditions and both of us seemed happy with what we had.”
When and where can American Formula 1 fans tune in to watch qualifying and the race of the Grand Prix of Belgium this weekend? We have the TV schedule for you, below, according to NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
All times are Eastern. Broadcasts are marked with an * if shown live.
Saturday, August 24:
1:00 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. Belgian Grand Prix - Practice (re-broadcast) -- NBCSN.
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying -- NBCSN.
Sunday, August 25:
1:00 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying (re-broadcast) -- NBCSN.
*8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Belgian Grand Prix Race -- NBCSN -- LIVE*
The Grand Prix of Belgium is the first race following the summer break for the Formula 1 series. Going into this 11th race of the season, according to Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull leads in driver championship points with 172 with Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus in second with 134 just above Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with 133.
Constructor championship points going into Spa are led by Red Bull Racing-Renault with 277 far ahead of second place Mercedes with 208.