Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Silverstone, 2011

Red Bull on top again at damp Silverstone

2011 British GP first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Silverstone, 2011
Daniel Ricciardo, HRT, Silverstone, 2011

Mark Webber set the fastest time as rain disrupted the first practice session at Silverstone.

Practice began on a damp but drying circuit. Michael Schumacher had headed the times for a significant portion of the session. Like several other drivers, he had a few off-track moments on the slippery surface.

First Webber, then Fernando Alonso took the fastest time off Schumacher.

The rain returned shortly afterwards. Kamui Kobayashi was one of few drivers to stay out an paid the price.

He ran wide at Club and lost control of the car as he returned to the track. The Sauber snapped away from him and crashed heavily.

The session continued under yellow flags while the car was recovered. Once the track was clear the lap times began improving quickly.

Webber posted a series of quick laps to head the final times with a 1’46.603.

But he hit trouble as the session ended, rolling to a halt in the Red Bull. Earlier in the session he had to cope with a dislodged head rest.

Problems at Red Bull weren’t confined to Webber’s car. Sebastian Vettel’s RB7 was seen emitting smoke in the pits.

Schumacher posted the second-fastest time just before the end of the session.

Rubens Barrichello took third for Williams ahead of Sergio Perez.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’46.603 19
2 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’47.263 0.660 20
3 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’47.347 0.744 23
4 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’47.422 0.819 22
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’47.562 0.959 13
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’47.758 1.155 23
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’48.161 1.558 16
8 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’48.549 1.946 21
9 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’48.598 1.995 19
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’48.678 2.075 22
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’48.730 2.127 18
12 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’48.778 2.175 18
13 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’48.794 2.191 21
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’48.809 2.206 17
15 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’48.841 2.238 23
16 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’48.941 2.338 20
17 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’49.603 3.000 15
18 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’50.133 3.530 17
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’50.222 3.619 14
20 20 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’51.119 4.516 17
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’52.470 5.867 17
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’53.143 6.540 20
23 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’53.469 6.866 26
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’54.334 7.731 24

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