Red Bull on top again at Silverstone

Red Bull were fastest again in the second practice session at Silverstone as Mark Webber topped the times with a 1’31.234.

Fernando Alonso was second fastest in a session which saw several mistakes from drivers as they got used to the new track.

Third fastest Sebastian Vettel and fourth fastest Felipe Massa were among the drivers to spin during the second 90-minute session.

Lewis Hamilton also went off the track – he could only manage eighth-fastest in his McLaren while Jenson Button was 13th.

It was a difficult session for Lotus. Jarno Trulli, who sat out the first session while Fairuz Fauzy drove, only managed three laps before his car broke down. Team mate Heikki Kovalainen came to a halt late in the session.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’31.234 15
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.626 0.392 26
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’31.875 0.641 25
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.099 0.865 25
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’32.166 0.932 29
6 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.660 1.426 28
7 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’32.745 1.511 29
8 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.757 1.523 22
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’32.787 1.553 27
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’32.967 1.733 33
11 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’33.019 1.785 30
12 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’33.164 1.93 29
13 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.200 1.966 24
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.402 2.168 23
15 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’33.728 2.494 27
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.836 2.602 36
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.051 2.817 29
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.643 3.409 36
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’35.465 4.231 25
20 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’36.237 5.003 14
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’36.553 5.319 21
22 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’37.019 5.785 27
23 21 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’38.303 7.069 32
24 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’42.901 11.667 3

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32 comments on Red Bull on top again at Silverstone

  1. kbdavies said on 9th July 2010, 17:38

    As predicted, McLaren have taken a step backwards with their “upgrade”. It’ll be a RBR front grid lockout with Ferrari 2nd row, unless McLaren ditch it and go back to previous configuration, then they might split the Red Bulls or the Ferraris.

    • nelly said on 9th July 2010, 18:03

      Lewis has said he was generally pleased with the cars performance so i think they were actually just running heavy fuel and concentrating more on getting info from the new parts.
      I still think Red Bull will get pole quite easily though and possibly win too

    • DaveW said on 9th July 2010, 18:40

      Keep Calm.

      And prepare for Mansell to slap big penalties on Hamilton for driving a victory lap with UK and Grenadine flags streaming from the cockpit.

  2. sumedh said on 9th July 2010, 19:15

    The last time Mclaren were not competitive was In Bahrain, when they were particularly troubled by a bump in the new section of the track. They ended up running a higher rider height just for the sake of that bump and thus compromised the entire weekend.

    Again, there is a bump in the new section of the track which causes troubles to Mclaren alone. Does the Mclaren MP4-25 floor come too close to the ground? I thought that the floors of the cars always remained at a fixed height above the ground. I hope John Beamer can glance over this issue in the next technical review.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 9th July 2010, 20:05

      The floors don’t have a fixed height, the teams try to run them as low as they can. The cars have a plank on the bottom called the legality plank that gets measured by the FIA post race, and if it’s been worn away to a point where it doesn’t meet the minimum thickness, then they’re penalized. That’s my understanding of how the FIA controls ride height. So if McLaren is hitting that bump too hard consistently to the point that they feel it will grind too much of the legality plank, then they’ll have to slightly raise their ride height to compensate.

  3. Well it seems that Mercedes had a normal day but we have to see what they will do tomorrow especially in qualifying. Red Bull was the fastest today with Ferrari showing to be fast here. I can’t judge about the teams referring to this 2 practices. I will wait to see who is better in qualifying.

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