Pray for rain

It looks like it’s going to be a struggle this weekend for the Brawns – if you really can take anything from practice times – with both Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello only managing 17th and 18th respectively today.

The Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are living up to expectation, however, with the Australian in particular dominating the middle section of the undulating, twisty circuit.

Vettel completed the least laps of all drivers today, in an attempt to preserve his recycled engine, but still managed 10th spot.

They are looking like the ones to beat this weekend. But if it rains – which is likely in Spa – then the field will be leveled, and the race will be anyone’s.

And McLaren are well placed to be up there, their updates again proving their worth, with Lewis Hamilton posting the fastest time of the day during afternoon practice – a tenth of a second quicker than his pole lap here in 2008.

Vettel, Button and Hamilton seem to have the best form in the wet, so it’s likely to be those three fighting for it either way, with a bit of Webber and Barrichello thrown in for good measure.

Rather interestingly, rookie Renault driver Romain Grosjean posted the fifth fastest time of anyone today, which is impressive.

As for Ferrari’s Luca Badoer, he’s still, er, struggling for a bit for pace.

Give us your pole and race predictions, and check out BBC Sport’s F1 site for the full rundown from both practice sessions.

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Awesome job done by Fisichella. As for tomorrows race, Kimi will simply destroy the opposition.

Even Bernie has placed a 500 pound bet on Kimi´s win. I guess there´s no reminding anyone that Bernie didn´t earn his billions by making bad desicions..

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If start to rain, there is only one pilot able to beat Barrichello, but he’s already dead and his name is Ayrton Senna. Except Senna, nobody in that track can beat Barrichello in the wet. I can’t wait…

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