SPA, BELGIUM - Veteran Michael Schumacher posted the fastest time in a rain-soaked first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday.
The seven-time Formula One champion, who made his debut at Spa 20 years ago, went out early when the track was still dry and before the rain starting lashing down.
The 42-year-old clocked a best time of 1 minute, 54.355 seconds, with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who also went out early, second quickest in 1:54.829.
British driver Jenson Button was third fastest, but more than 8 seconds behind Schumacher.
There was a lull for some 20 minutes as the downpour was so heavy that most drivers - including defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, Button and his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton - preferred to wait for it to abate.