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Fri, 6 July, 2012Washed-out practices at Silverstone on Friday

  • Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India-Mercedes VJM04. 2011 British Grand Prix, Rd 9, Practice day. Silverstone, England. Friday 8 July 2011. © Force India.

A day of continuously sodden track action in Silverstone on Friday provided for little in the way of performance hints ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix with all teams completing only limited running. The quickest lap of the day was set by Lewis Hamilton this afternoon, stopping the clock in 1m56.345s, some 26 seconds off the pace of last year's dry-weather pole position.

After yesterday's fine weather, rain was always predicted to disrupt proceedings on Friday and sure enough from early this morning the skies opened to consign the legions of fans to a day of limited track action. Only a handful of drivers in either of the two sessions completed more than ten laps, with some not even setting a laptime.

Romain Grosjean set the pace this morning at the wheel of his Lotus, setting a time of 1m56.552s during a brief lull in the showers before the rain returned again soon after. Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, Sauber's Sergio Pérez and Ferrari's Felipe Massa joined him in the top five.

Hamilton then posted the fastest laptime in the afternoon, despite completing only eight laps, with Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, Mercedes' Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg and the second Sauber of Sergio Pérez also making it into the top five.

Despite the treacherous conditions, only two drivers made contact with the barriers during the sessions, with the morning session elapsing contact-free. Bruno Senna then caused a ten-minute stoppage when he aquaplaned into the barriers at the Becketts complex. Fernando Alonso then lost his front wing after colliding with the barriers at pit entry while trying out the intermediate tyres.

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