Red Bull on top again at damp Silverstone

2011 British GP first practice

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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25 comments on Red Bull on top again at damp Silverstone

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th July 2011, 10:45

    Weren’t the front drivers running on the blue intermediates right until the end? I think only Alonso and maybe Renault tried the slicks this morning.

    (Oh, and a small glitch with the link to Webbers bio Keith.)

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 8th July 2011, 18:44

      Hamilton tried slick. but it looked too dangerous. He was slower than intermediate equipped cars. Not to mention he abandon slick and tried intermediate much more.

  2. Todfod (@todfod) said on 8th July 2011, 10:56

    Judging only by FP1, Mclaren are showing Valencia kind of form. Gotta wait until FP2 to see the true pace of the Mclarens and Mercedes cars.

  3. domichalek said on 8th July 2011, 10:58

    michael schumacher rain master? :D

  4. Tom said on 8th July 2011, 11:00

    McLaren are having balance issues by the looks of things. Jenson’s car looked very unstable. Understandable with such drastic changes they have to set the car up from scratch.

  5. gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 8th July 2011, 11:03

    Keith, it seems you miss a “<" or something of the sort in 3rd paragraph…

  6. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 8th July 2011, 11:18

    Keith, Kamui lost control at the new last corner which is Club and not Woodcote :)

    I watched the whole session and Kobayashi was an accident waiting to happen even when it was drier-oversteering everywhere. Both Saubers actually, as Perez also spun, at Luffield.

  7. Dan8 (@dan8) said on 8th July 2011, 11:34

    As long as Vettel is not fastest, I don’t care who is topping the timesheets!

  8. Schumacher did well, which was great to see, and Crofty mentioned me in the commentary :D

  9. VXR said on 8th July 2011, 12:05

    Hamilton went out on slicks to do an aero test. Seemed like they were trying to suss out the new rear wing DRS.

    Doesn’t look to me like Red Bull have slowed down by a huge amount, does it?

  10. VXR said on 8th July 2011, 12:07

    Vettel’s ‘smoke’ problem was spilled engine oil on the exhaust system. Webber ran out of fuel at the end of the session.

  11. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th July 2011, 14:40

    Is anybody genuinely surprised at this? Red Bull might have relied heavily on the OTBD, but the RB7 was designed by Adrian Newey. If Newey is the genius he is so often painted as, intelligent enough to incorprate the OTBD into the core design of the car – rather than simply apply it after the act as all the other teams did – then he’s intelligent enough to recognise that the FIA might take issue with it and ban it. Such an outcome would be very bad for Red Bull, and so Newey would no doubt have a contingency plan in place: a design for a car that did not use the OTBD, but was still good enough to minimise the impact the OTBD ban would have.

  12. VXR said on 8th July 2011, 15:23

    The fact is that the Red Bull car is first and foremost a fundamentally good car. Whereas the McLaren, in winter testing, was an absolute dog, and only came alive when fitted with a copied version of Red Bull’s exhaust system.

  13. VXR said on 8th July 2011, 17:00

    Stewards wanted to know why Hamilton had used his DRS during wet track conditions.

    • hohum said on 8th July 2011, 18:00

      “Because practice is where you find out what happens if I do this” would be a sensible response.

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 8th July 2011, 18:56

      Hmm…I thought if it is wet, ECU automatically disable DRS. I don’t think it’s his fault. Sometimes everyone want to press something without reason. or by mistake. of course if you’re F1 driver you don’t have to press Pit Limit button during the quali or the race lol

  14. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th July 2011, 8:47

    I know FP times aren’t that indicative but I’d love it if the W02′s were. They’re the most disappointing thing to come out of these sessions.

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