2013 BRITISH GP: RESULTS FROM FRIDAY FREE PRACTICES

Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time in a wet British Grand Prix practice session that looked for a long spell like it might feature no flying laps whatsoever. Teams do not expect the heavy rain that began Friday morning to continue into the weekend, giving even less reason than usual to take to a wet track in practice one. After initial installation laps, most drivers chose to wait in the pits, leaving the large crowd to entertain themselves before an empty track.

It took 76 minutes for Ricciardo to set the first timed lap, clocking a time over two minutes before improving over his next eight attempts. His lap prompted a flurry of activity in the final ten minutes but several drivers still opted not to head back out or returned to the pits before the end of the lap and so did not set a time.

Lewis Hamilton led at one stage, briefly lifting the spirits of the drenched British crowd, but Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado all went faster before the end of the session. Ricciardo's best time was 0.784s faster than his closest rival.
FIRST FREE PRACTICE
 P.    DRIVER               TEAM          TIME        GAP   LAPS
 1. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:54.249            10
 2. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         1:55.033  +  0.784   7
 3. Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:55.354  +  1.105   7
 4. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG   1:55.458  +  1.209   5
 5. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber         1:55.825  +  1.576   9
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams       1:56.361  +  2.112   7
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:57.891  +  3.642   4
 8. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham       1:58.859  +  4.610   6
 9. Max Chilton           Marussia       1:59.719  +  5.470   7
10. Jules Bianchi         Marussia       1:59.876  +  5.627   8
11. Felipe Massa          Ferrari        2:06.534  + 12.285   6
12. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG   no time              3
13. Paul di Resta         Force India    no time              4
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus          no time              1
15. Jenson Button         McLaren        no time              1
16. Adrian Sutil          Force India    no time              4
17. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari        no time              4
18. Mark Webber           Red Bull       no time              1
19. Sergio Perez          McLaren        no time              1
20. Charles Pic           Caterham       no time              3
21. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull       no time              4
22. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          no time              0
Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of a dry second practice session for the British Grand Prix, beating Mark Webber's Red Bull by 0.3s. Sebastian Vettel was third quickest at the end of a busy session as teams tried to make up time following the lack of running in FP1.

The British fans will have been encouraged to have seen Paul di Resta fourth quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton, while there were timely performances from both Toro Rosso drivers with Daniel Ricciardo sixth and Jean-Eric Vergne seventh. Track conditions were much better than this morning's washout, but Felipe Massa was still a casualty of the session as he lost control at Stowe Corner and wiped the front end of his car off against the wall, with the Ferrari coming to a stop at the pit lane entrance. It was the third consecutive race weekend in which Massa has had an accident and restricted him to just seven laps of running.

Interest at Lotus surround the testing of the team's drag reduction device (DRD) on Kimi Raikkonen's car, with Raikkonen not showing his hand on low fuel but setting quick times late in the session on hard tyres. The team is expected to race the device for the first time this weekend after being pleased with the progress made during an aerodynamic test at Idiada. Romain Grosjean - ninth quickest - was not without upgrades either as he ran updated bodywork on the E21.

Another team running at Idiada this week was McLaren, but neither of its drivers troubled the top ten with Jenson Button 11th and Sergio Perez just behind Raikkonen in 14th place. McLaren still appeared to be struggling with the ride of its car over the bumps as it ended the session 1.5s off the pace.
SECOND FREE PRACTICE
 P.    DRIVER               TEAM          TIME        GAP   LAPS
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG   1:32.248            33
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull       1:32.547  +  0.299  26
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull       1:32.680  +  0.432  31
 4. Paul di Resta         Force India    1:32.832  +  0.584  34
 5. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG   1:32.911  +  0.663  28
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:33.171  +  0.923  34
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:33.290  +  1.042  38
 8. Adrian Sutil          Force India    1:33.313  +  1.065  34
 9. Romain Grosjean       Lotus          1:33.322  +  1.074  38
10. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari        1:33.494  +  1.246  32
11. Jenson Button         McLaren        1:33.740  +  1.492  29
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         1:33.896  +  1.648  36
13. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          1:34.120  +  1.872  30
14. Sergio Perez          McLaren        1:34.130  +  1.882  29
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber         1:34.998  +  2.750  32
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams       1:35.070  +  2.822  29
17. Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:35.127  +  2.879  35
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia       1:35.802  +  3.554  27
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham       1:35.984  +  3.736  32
20. Charles Pic           Caterham       1:36.079  +  3.831  35
21. Max Chilton           Marussia       1:37.329  +  5.081  33
22. Felipe Massa          Ferrari        1:43.466  + 11.218   7