Unfortunately both P1 and P2 were wetter than a pair of mermaids sharing a bath, and the soggy weather meant that Lotus have decided to shelve their extra DRS device until the next race due to lack of testing.
Hard and medium tyres will be used at Spa this weekend.
However, McLaren seem rather more upbeat about their updates. Given their car was the fastest at the end of the first half of the season that might not bode well for their adversaries. Mercedes also sound a little downbeat, and Ferrari probably won't be at the sharp end, so we might have an old-fashioned (well, sort of) McLaren-Red Bull tussle for supremacy.
Although the P1 and P2 times are meaningless, I'll include them for the sake of completeness.
P1's top 10 were: Kobayashi, Maldonado, Ricciardo, Vergne, Webber, Perez, Rosberg, Bottas, Vettel, Schumacher.
The top 10 of P2 were: Pic, Ricciardo, Alonso, Di Resta, Maldonado, Glock, Kobayashi, Vergne, Hulkenberg and Perez.
So, all dry-weather running will need to be made in P3. Likewise, assuming the weather in P3 and qualifying is expected to be similar, I'll be basing any qualifying tips on P3 entirely.
P3 was dry, but Rosberg had a transmission problem which meant he got no running done. Red Bull/Ferrari focused on straight line speed and qualifying, whereas Lotus went for being fast in twisty sector 2 rather than the more top end speed sectors 1 and 3. McLaren were unexpectedly slow and, weirdly, Button was much faster than Hamilton. Alonso was fastest, followed by Raikkonen, Perez, Kobayashi, Button, Massa, Webber, Grosjean, Vettel, Di Resta.
Sauber are looking racy, and if they can get qualifying sorted they might just be podium contenders come the race. I'm quite surprised that McLaren weren't faster, and even more so that Button was about half a second ahead of Hamilton in 12th. That might just indicate traffic for the latter, but laying Button for Q3 was a bet I was contemplating until that time.
Vettel's time is deceptively slow, and he would've been far nearer the sharp end on his quick lap but for buggering up the breaking point prior to the chicane which cost him over half a second.
Bit tentative, but I've decided to back Alonso and Raikkonen (half-stakes each, so I'm counting it as 1 tip rather than 2) for pole, at 6.2 and 6.6 respectively (each hedged at 2). The reasoning is simply that the odds are long for the first and second chaps, there's a tenth and a half from Raikkonen to Perez and I'm not convinced Vettel would've been faster had he gotten his braking right on his quick lap.
Anyway, let's hope Raikkonen or Alonso get pole, and both come close enough for the hedges to be matched.