Massa quickest as rain returns at Silverstone

2011 British GP second practice

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2011

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2011

Felipe Massa was fastest in the second practice session at Silverstone.

But Friday’s second 90 minutes of practice saw even wetter conditions than the first.

The weather had improved in the interval. But five minutes before the second session was due to start the heavens open and heavy rainfall doused the track.

A handful of cars came out as the session began, but they soon retreated back to the pits without setting a time.

As the rain continued to hammer down the track fell silent until more than half the 90 minutes had passed.

Finally the rain eased and cars began to appear on the circuit again, led by Jaime Alguersuari, who set the fastest time to begin with.

One by one further cars appeared. Nico Rosberg was among the first to follow, but he had a moment at Abbey and ran onto the run-off area.

The times continued to improve and made for an exciting ends to a session that had started very slowly.

In the end it was a question of which driver started their lap last. Felipe Massa snatched the quickest time with a 1’49.967.

Barely a few minutes earlier Michael Schumacher had set the quickest time. But the time improved so quckly he ended the session in 12th place.

Nico Rosberg took second place, seven-tenths of a second off Massa.

Kamui Kobayashi and Lewis Hamilton, the latter one of the last drivers to join the track, were third and fourth.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’49.967 9
2 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’50.744 0.777 16
3 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’51.395 1.428 16
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’51.438 1.471 6
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’51.518 1.551 6
6 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’51.738 1.771 18
7 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’51.781 1.814 7
8 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’51.992 2.025 13
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’52.169 2.202 12
10 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’52.189 2.222 21
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’52.198 2.231 9
12 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’52.325 2.358 12
13 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’52.578 2.611 16
14 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’52.587 2.620 6
15 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’52.869 2.902 8
16 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’54.023 4.056 8
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’54.274 4.307 16
18 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’54.545 4.578 4
19 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’54.714 4.747 13
20 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’55.155 5.188 8
21 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’55.155 5.188 12
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’55.549 5.582 10
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’55.828 5.861 10
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’56.037 6.070 6

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65 comments on Massa quickest as rain returns at Silverstone

  1. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 8th July 2011, 17:27

    I was not able to watch the sessions and lap times are not any of use either.

    I am ‘blind’ now heading into FP3 and Q.

    • TheBrav3 said on 8th July 2011, 17:49

      There is such thing as the bbciplayer you know ;)

      • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 8th July 2011, 19:43

        Thank you, Sir, but I was at work. :)

        I thought it’s UK only anyway.

        Staying with the Friday, I guess it’s because of the downpours we don’t get our usual FP analyses. The teams have it all to do tomorrow.

  2. georges10099 said on 8th July 2011, 17:30

    hamilton went to the stewards office to ask why his DRS was open when he was on slicks but on a wet track. he had a talk with them about how to improve safety too.

    Now, conspiracy theories are put to bed ;)

  3. mattr said on 8th July 2011, 17:31

    both lewis and webber had a meeting with the stewards because the apparently used drs during further action is required.

    • TheBrav3 said on 8th July 2011, 17:51

      It’s a practice session all teams have free use of drs. They should not have even had to waste their time talking it through.

  4. Elliot Horwood said on 8th July 2011, 18:01

    I need some help, at silverstone grandstands is ROW A at the front or at the back of the grandstand? thanks

  5. geo132 (@geo132) said on 8th July 2011, 18:06

    Any idea why Ferrari are referred to as “Scuderia Ferrari” at opposed to “Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro” from earlier this season?

  6. jake said on 8th July 2011, 21:09

    so Mercedes were running an illegal car in this session, blowing 50% off throttle in protest against Red Bull. There performance was very good throughout this session, meaning if the rules are equalized, either with Red Bull’s rediculous advantage being taken away, or others being able to do the same, we could see mclaren looking very good.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th July 2011, 8:56

    I thought the timing app was bust at first…just that wet though!

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