2011 BRITISH GRAND PRIX: MASSA FASTEST ON FP2, RAIN AGAIN!!!


Rain again hide the true performance of F1 cars

Felipe Massa set the fastest time of another wet practice session at Silverstone ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix. Heavy rain fell just moments before the pit lane opened meaning the track, which had been drying over the lunch break, was wetter than the morning session. In race conditions the circuit would have likely been red flagged and therefore it was no surprise when only four drivers left the comfort and safety of the pit garages. For over 30 minutes nobody was on the track, leaving the thousands of fans in the grandstands rather underwhelmed.

Massa  set time of 1:49.967 for Ferrari to take the top spot just as the session finished, ahead of Nico Rosberg by 0.777 seconds. Sauber repaired Kamui Kobayashi's car following his massive morning accident and he took third, ahead of McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, with Sutil sixth. The changing conditions allowed a few upsets, with Heikki Kovalainen 13th fastest for Lotus, Fernando Alonso back in 15th in the other Ferrari, and new signing Daniel Ricciardo edging ahead of Hispania team-mate Tonio Liuzzi at the foot of the order.


Pos  Driver               Team                   Time                Laps
 1.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m49.967s             9
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m50.744s  + 0.777   16
 3.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m51.395s  + 1.428   16
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m51.438s  + 1.471    6
 5.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m51.518s  + 1.551    6
 6.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m51.738s  + 1.771   18
 7.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m51.781s  + 1.814    7
 8.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1m51.992s  + 2.025   13
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m52.169s  + 2.202   12
10.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m52.189s  + 2.222   21
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1m52.198s  + 2.231    9
12.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m52.325s  + 2.358   12
13.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1m52.578s  + 2.611   16
14.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m52.587s  + 2.620    6
15.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m52.869s  + 2.902    8
16.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault               1m54.023s  + 4.056    8
17.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m54.274s  + 4.307   16
18.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m54.545s  + 4.578    4
19.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1m54.714s  + 4.747   13
20.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1m55.155s  + 5.188    8
21.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1m55.155s  + 5.188   12
22.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1m55.549s  + 5.582   10
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1m55.828s  + 5.861   10
24.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1m56.037s  + 6.070    6