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F1's return a 'washout' in Belgium

india Updated: Sep 01, 2012 02:13 IST

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Steady rain washed out Belgian Grand Prix practice on Friday with Formula One fans huddled under umbrellas in the forests and gazing at a deserted track while drivers took shelter in the garages.

The afternoon session ended without a timed lap on the board, although some extremely slow times were registered on the screens after drivers went out to perform practice standing starts on the grid at the finish.

Marussia's French rookie Charles Pic was top of that list, almost certainly the only time this year that the tail-ender will find himself in such a position, with a time of two minutes 49.354 seconds.

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"It's a shame for fans around the track - it's quite windy and probably not so nice out on the grandstands," said Red Bull's double world champion Sebastian Vettel.

"Hopefully they can come back tomorrow with dry clothes and we'll have some sunshine - that's the forecast anyway. You can't race in these conditions, as the tyres can't get rid of the water."

The lack of afternoon activity meant Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi could claim the fastest lap by any driver on Friday.