Jules Bianchi, Force India, Silverstone, 2012

Grosjean fastest at drenched Silverstone

2012 British Grand Prix first practice resultPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jules Bianchi, Force India, Silverstone, 2012Very wet conditions greeted the teams for the first 90 minutes of practice ahead of the British Grand Prix.

Patches of standing water were visible around the circuit as the drivers made their first tentative laps out of the pits.

The rain was light to begin with and drivers were able to improve their times for the first half of the session. Mark Webber was the first driver to turn a lap in less than two minutes.

Webber continued to lower his time but the quickest lap of the session went to Romain Grosjean, who set a 1’56.552 shortly before the conditions worsened.

Unsurprisingly the hazardous conditions caught a few drivers out. Heikki Kovalainen had a messy moment in the Caterham, skidding off st Becketts and plughing through the Silverstone mud.

Both HRT drivers also had a spin, as the did returning Timo Glock for Marussia.

Kamui Kobayashi did the most laps, completing 19 tours without suffering a repeat of his crash in last year’s practice session.

However neither Force India set a time, nor did Fernando Alonso, though Ferrari did a series of practice starts at the end of the session.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’56.552 13
2 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’56.827 0.275 10
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’57.174 0.622 6
4 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’57.664 1.112 11
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’58.119 1.567 7
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’58.463 1.911 7
7 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’58.483 1.931 19
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’58.493 1.941 10
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’58.942 2.390 8
10 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’59.076 2.524 12
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’59.414 2.862 11
12 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’59.614 3.062 9
13 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’59.733 3.181 7
14 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’59.787 3.235 10
15 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 2’00.125 3.573 5
16 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 2’00.253 3.701 9
17 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2’01.834 5.282 6
18 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2’01.835 5.283 6
19 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 2’04.341 7.789 9
20 23 Daniel Clos HRT-Cosworth 2’05.022 8.470 6
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2’11.760 15.208 6
22 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time 4
23 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes No time 3
24 12 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes No time 1

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