Spa set to be F1 2014's fastest yet

Spa set to be F1 2014's fastest yet

GARY ANDERSON and EDD STRAW analyse practice and explain why F1's most challenging track could allow the 2014 cars to eclipse their predecessors

Formula 1's August break wasn't expected to transform the competitive order. But the Belgian Grand Prix was seen as an opportunity for some of the Mercedes-powered support cast, Williams in particular, to have a chance to spring a surprise.

But with Mercedes comfortably ahead during Friday practice, three quarters of a second faster than the nearest challenger, it was a surprise to see Fernando Alonso's Ferrari as the best of the rest in third place on a day when there were a few shocks on the timesheets.

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