Heavy rain at Spa-Francorchamps Formula One Racing Belgian Grand Prix
Heavy rain at Spa-Francorchamps ruined F1 drivers practice for Sunday's race. Many drivers were disappointed but they don't have a choice but to participate in the day's session.
Heavy rain at Spa-Francorchamps ruined driver's practice for Belgian Grand Prix this coming Sunday.
According to Telegraph.co.uk, Lewis Hamilton turned to Twitter to keep his mind occupied as wet weather turned practice for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix into bore sessions.
Heavy rain over the Spa-Francorchamps circuit ruined proceedings on Formula One's return after a near five-week break.
At least in the initial 90-minute session the drivers were able to complete a number of laps, but come FP2 the conditions were more favourable for ducks, with the circuit saturated.
Hamilton managed just seven laps overall, and probably spent no more than 18 minutes on track of the 180 in total, leaving him stuck in the McLaren garage for the majority of the time.
Given the death of an aunt on father Anthony's side this week, to ensure his thoughts did not stray, Hamilton opted to take a range of photos and post them on Twitter for his fans.
They included the cockpit of his car, his helmet, race boots and girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, here to support the 27-year-old as he bids to close the 47-point gap to championship leader Fernando Alonso.
"I was just trying to keep myself busy, to keep my mind on lots of different things," said Hamilton.
"It would have been easy to stray and think about events that have happened over the past week, so I was just taking pictures and focusing on something different.
"I had nothing to do in the garage, so I was just taking lots of different shots for the fans because their support has been incredible as always. It's been very much appreciated."
As Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button both recognise, the final hour of practice tomorrow ahead of qualifying – with conditions expected to be more favourable – are likely to be frenetic.
Hamilton added: "That's the challenge, everyone is in the same boat.
"It's going to be very interesting trying to find the correct set up in the short space of time we'll have tomorrow.
"Hopefully our simulator has helped us so we are best prepared."
Button added: "Hopefully it's blowing over and we can get down to business tomorrow.
"It's been such a long break so we just want to get out there and enjoy ourselves and get as much information for this weekend.
"So P3 is going to be a lot busier than normal. As long as it's not like P2 then everyone is going to be out straight away to get some mileage in.
"We've heard it's better weather over the next two days and hopefully the Spa special climate is as we think it will be tomorrow."
The likes of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel could not help but feel sorry for the fans who braved the rain and cold to witness very little on-track action.
"It's a shame when there's so much water, as we'd love to go out on track more, but you can't," said Vettel.
"It's a shame for fans around the track. It was also quite windy and probably not nice out on the grandstands.
"Hopefully they can come back tomorrow with dry clothes and we'll have some sunshine – that's the forecast anyway."