Vettel fastest at new Silverstone

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2010

Sebastian Vettel headed the times at the end of the first practice session on the revised Silverstone circuit.

The Red Bull driver also signalled he had more time in hand, setting the fastest middle sector on his final lap.

Lewis Hamilton was second fastest ahead of Robert Kubica.

Hamilton was one of several drivers to have problems on the new sections of the track, twitching wide after running over a bump at Abbey. Several other drivers had similar difficulties including Michael Schumacher.

Jenson Button was the first driver to set a lap on the revised circuit, doing a 1’37.994.

Fairuz Fauzy and Paul di Resta appeared for Lotus and Force India for the first practice session of the day. Fauzy’s start to the session was delayed by an engine change and further problems later in the session limited him to 11 laps.

Sakon Yamamoto was slowest as he took over from Bruno Senna at HRT.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.280 22
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.614 0.334 16
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’32.725 0.445 21
4 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.747 0.447 23
5 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’32.968 0.688 18
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.318 1.038 21
7 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’33.377 1.097 19
8 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.519 1.239 20
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.955 1.675 18
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’34.016 1.736 17
11 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.132 1.852 21
12 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’34.365 2.085 22
13 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’34.490 2.210 20
14 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’34.580 2.300 22
15 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.710 2.430 16
16 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.901 2.621 17
17 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’35.037 2.757 21
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.318 3.038 27
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’36.747 4.467 16
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.330 5.050 11
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.518 5.238 15
22 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’38.735 6.455 21
23 18 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’39.510 7.230 11
24 21 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’39.673 7.393 27

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30 comments on Vettel fastest at new Silverstone

  1. Hare (@hare) said on 9th July 2010, 11:43

    Some great camera shots underneath the McLaren, and live telemetry on their site. ‘King of the Media’ award goes to McLaren today :)

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th July 2010, 11:44

    Wow. Some interesting times here. First of all, only four drivers were within a second of the leader. As far as I can recall, that’s the first time that has happened this season. It’s usually closer to eight drivers.

    Secondly, Ferrari thirteenth and seventeenth? It makes me wonder just how genuine their Valencia pace was. They had been expecting to race with Hamilton both before and after the now-infamous pit stop, but this is something else entirely. With Silverstone being one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, it doesn’t bode well for Spa and Italy. Ironically, Ferrari have somehow managed to take everything good about last year’s car and make is less-than-ideal whilst taking everything mediocre about the F60 and making it better.

    • Guilherme Teixeira said on 9th July 2010, 12:17

      With Silverstone being one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, it doesn’t bode well for Spa and Italy.

      Quite the opposite. Silverstone is fast for its quick corners which require a lot of downforce, whereas Spa and Monza are fast tracks for its long straights (low downforce). Just remember how bad Force India did at Silverstone last year and then how good they did at Spa and Monza.

      Anyway, it’s Friday, and it’s not the first time they finish FP1 on doggish positions this year.

    • Splint3r said on 9th July 2010, 12:17

      Ferrari were testing different configs. Failing to make a good time during P1 does not necessarily mean its all bad for ferrari.

      Here is the official tweet from ferrari on P1 “The whole session was dedicated to the comparison of different configurations and new components”

    • Manu said on 9th July 2010, 12:18

      I wouldn’t jump to conclusions that easily, especially after P1.

      According to Ferrari’s official website they were trying different settings on the new rear and front wings.

      P2 will give us a much more reliable indication on how fast their really are IMHO.

    • Scribe (@scribe) said on 9th July 2010, 12:33

      We do know Ferrari tend to do higher fuel runs on Fridays, wouldn’t read too much into this. An their Turkey pace was abysmal so I suspect this was a track that was never going tos uit their basic aerodynamics, whereas Valenica was right up their street.

      Remember they were challenging for victory in Cananda, without their upgrade, so it’s clear their Valenica pace at least was real.

  3. dragon said on 9th July 2010, 11:48

    P1 is never a good indication, but sometimes it’s not far wrong. The RB6 should and will fly around here, and Seb seems to click with this track. Can’t decide whether to read much into Fezza’s (Ferrari, not Fauzy’s) pace – they don’t usually come to the fore till P2 or 3. Pleasantly surprised at Kubica’s position…again, hard to read too much into it, but on the surface it’s possible Renault have updated their car enough to be competitive at high downforce circuits. Should be another cracker!

  4. mike bradshaw said on 9th July 2010, 11:57

    for god sake! Still think hamilton can win.

  5. OhYeah said on 9th July 2010, 12:17

    Mclaren are still in the testing and adjusting mode with their “new car” … Let’s see what Practice 2 and 3 bring us … Show must go on! Go Great Britain

  6. Oliver said on 9th July 2010, 12:18

    well yamamoto was really quick

    • Todfod said on 9th July 2010, 12:39

      Wondering if he gets a top drive after this gem of a practice session.

      • KNF said on 9th July 2010, 12:49

        To paraphrase the great Murray Walker, “undoubtedly the best Formula One driver that Grand Prix racing has ever produced”…

  7. sumedh said on 9th July 2010, 12:34

    Wasn’t the new Silverstone supposed to be faster than the original one?

    Drivers must be better than 1:29.662 in order to have a better average speed than last year’s. But times are only in 1:32s, I hope they get quicker over the weekend. But still 3 seconds is a stiff ask.

    • Steph90 (@steph90) said on 9th July 2010, 12:42

      It’s only a Friday and a new track so grip is stilll coming to them. They’re learning the track so they probably won’t be pushing especially hard for a little while yet, maybe fp3 and then we will see low fuel runs too in the better track conditions.

    • Lee said on 9th July 2010, 12:49

      I make it that they should be lapping at around 1m32secs to equal last years speed.

    • Rob said on 9th July 2010, 12:53

      If the pole lap for this year’s race is below 1:31.263 then it will be a faster average speed than Vettel’s pole time last year. Does anyone know what the average drop in time from 1st practice to qualifying has been this year?

      • David said on 9th July 2010, 15:21

        depends a lot on the track

        anyway, webbers already beaten that. it was clear before practice that the new layout was faster than the old one anyway…

  8. Jacob said on 9th July 2010, 12:58

    Did anyone use the driver tracker on the bbc website???

  9. Mouse_Nightshirt (@mouse_nightshirt) said on 9th July 2010, 13:14

    What happened to Massa?

    • Steph90 (@steph90) said on 9th July 2010, 13:20

      He didn’t try the F-duct at any point I don’t think. Apart from that it was high fuel from Ferrari and them trying to work out how effective their parts are. Massa also made a mistake on his first run and had to cut it short.

  10. Todfod said on 9th July 2010, 13:17

    Ferrari looked way off the pace and entirely confused about what upgrades they should be using for this race. I was hoping Fernando could take the fight to the McLarens and Red Bulls this weekend, but I honestly do not see Ferrari doing any better than Renault and Mercedes this weekend.

    I think its a Lewis vs Seb fight for the win, with Webber just behind the two.

  11. BasCB said on 9th July 2010, 13:44

    This session was really about testing different options, with only RedBull, Hamilton and Kubica pushing a bit for times at the end of the session.

    Ferrari compared different components with fuel in the car, McLaren mostly did comparisons and endurance tests on the new parts, Mercedes tested the heat shielding they installed etc. Maybe Mercedes and McLaren will go for times in the afternoon, i expect Ferrari to do that only tomorrow morning.

  12. wasiF1 said on 9th July 2010, 16:10

    It will be between Red Bull & Mclaren this weekend but really surprise to see the Ferrari’s at the back may be they are heavy.

    Expect Force India to have a double points finish this weekend as this circuit should suit them.

  13. Why is it so quiet here today? Where’s everybody?

    • Some if not all have gone to Silverstone to watch the race & many things that Practice have nothing to do in a race weekend.

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