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