Practice 1: Webber tops the soggy session

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ABOVE: Mark Webber set the fastest lap in the wet in Practice One

 

Chaos, water, and motor sport were the order of the day in Silverstone. As Mark Webber put his Red Bull Racing car on the top of the time sheets, there was drama behind. Behind all that, it was raining throughout the entire session, making it even more likely for a driver to make a mistake.

 

fripic16.jpgKobayashi made a huge one. He went off the race track and almost rolled the Sauber. He hit the wall and slid to a stop. It would be unlikely for the car to be ready for Practice Two but fortunately, Kamui was unhurt.

 

The Sauber driver, unlike others who have been involved in accidents during practice sessions, had already set a good sixteen laps before the impact.

 

LEFT: Onboard with Kobayashi as he hits the wall hard along the main straight. Notice to the upper left of the image, there is the new pit and paddock complex added in May.

 

Vettel, once again was not making a huge impression in practice. He had set a time more than two full seconds slower than his session-topping teammate. He ranked thirteenth in the wet. No problems were noticed in the Red Bull however. But there may have been one, because Seb did even worse in the afternoon session with even more rain.

 

After Webber, there were some surprise drivers rounding out the rest of the top five. Michael Schumacher proved that he was still the king of the wet setting the second fastest lap around Silverstone this morning. Rubens Barrichello set the third fastest time in his Williams who has been struggling for pace pretty much all year. The crashee's teammate, Sergio Perez set the fourth best time in the only remaining Sauber in the session. And Massa was fifth ahead of Rosberg, Alonso, and Hamilton.

 

Here are the results for Practice One:

 

Place 
No Driver Team Lap Time 
Gap    
Laps
1 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:46.603   19
2 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:47.263 0.660 20
3 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:47.347 0.744 23
4 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:47.422 0.819 22
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:47.562 0.959 13
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:47.758 1.155 23
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:48.161 1.558 16
8 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:48.549 1.946 21
9 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:48.598 1.995 19
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:48.678 2.075 22
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:48.730 2.127 18
12 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:48.778 2.175 18
13 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:48.794 2.191 21
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:48.809 2.206 17
15 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:48.841 2.238 23
16 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:48.941 2.338 20
17 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:49.603 3.000 15
18 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:50.133 3.530 17
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:50.222 3.619 14
20 20 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1:51.119 4.516 17
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:52.470 5.867 17
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:53.143 6.540 20
23 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:53.469 6.866 26
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:54.334 7.731 24

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