Grosjean fastest at drenched Silverstone

2012 British Grand Prix first practice result

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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48 comments on Grosjean fastest at drenched Silverstone

  1. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 6th July 2012, 11:40

    Heikki!!!!!!!!
    P14 (yes, 3 people didnt set a time and it is only FP1, but still!!!
    Caterham updates seem to be paying off massively :D

    • tflb1 (@) said on 6th July 2012, 11:41

      Petrov was 12th…

    • vickyy (@vickyy) said on 6th July 2012, 11:45

      sorry, but are serious about reading these timings or is it just me who didn’t get the sarcasm.

    • Girts (@girts) said on 6th July 2012, 11:57

      Even as a BIG Heikki fan, I wouldn’t draw any conclusions from this. The crazy weather conditions might, however, help Caterham get a surprise result this weekend.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 6th July 2012, 11:59

      @xjr15jaaag – First of all, it’s FP1. Times set in FP1 are never representative of actual pace. And secondly, it’s raining, which always skews the grid out of order. Caterham’s best qualifying results have always been in the wet. It’s impossible to judge how well their upgrades have worked until we see some dry running, preferably in FP3, qualifying and/or a race.

      • xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 6th July 2012, 18:33

        Most of which was state in the initial statement.
        The purpose of that was to declare my joy at seeing the caterhams really close to everyone else, and I’m a Kovalainen fan.
        The caterhams did a fantastic job in FP1, and FP2 as well, althought hat’s an entirely different page.
        I mentioned that you can’t read much into practice times, and it is just nice to see one of my favourite drivers setting very competitive times.
        In no way am I suggesting that Caterham will finish incredibly high up.
        It’s just an observation.

        • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 6th July 2012, 20:41

          Ouch guys, Leave xjr15jaaag alone.
          He is happy for his driver and should be allowed to be, no matter how meger the accomplishment ;-).

          When did this forum become such a battleground. Used to be a nice place where people could debate w/o insults, and opposing points of view were equally respected, even if they were never agreed. Chill Out…

  2. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 6th July 2012, 11:42

    And now Grosjean is of to the batcave!

  3. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 6th July 2012, 11:42

    Not much info to be gathered, I guess, from the session. Neither for the teams, nor to us.

    The rain could wash away the effects of the newest developments on the cars. As McLaren brings a major upgrade to Hockenheim, and they said they has one – though less significant one – here, I expect them to bounce back in Germany at latest.

  4. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 6th July 2012, 11:45

    Too early to say anything. In dry it’s difficult to say about FP1 then in such conditions, it is impossible to say.

    • RIISE (@riise) said on 6th July 2012, 11:51

      Exactly, timings mean nothing in P1, whatever the conditions. P2 will give us more of an insight with the long runs.

      Either way though, if the rains keeps up we’re in for a weekend very few will be able to predict.

      • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 6th July 2012, 21:25

        timings mean nothing in P1, whatever the conditions

        I would disagree
        Timings mean nothing to us for comparison against other drivers but mean a great deal to the teams.

        Indeed, I often have great fun in speculating about P1 times. You know they have to be testing SOMEthing. A new part, the fuel load, the tire wear.
        If you look at the lap time and stint deltas, the doors open for decent speculation.

        Part of the reason I like F1 is because it allows soooo much “armchair team-management”

  5. Overwatch (@overwatch) said on 6th July 2012, 11:48

    I fear of Bernd Mayländer leading majority of the GP on Sunday…

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 6th July 2012, 11:56

      Only if the circuit doesn’t clear up. The trouble in previous races – most notably Malaysia this year and Montreal in 2011 – is that the circuit wasn’t draining properly. The Montreal circuit is built on an articifical island, so rain tends to pool up without running off. And while the Sepang layout is very, very good, this has a downside; the circuit follows the contours of a natural bowl shape, so when it rains, all the water flows down into the pits and the main straight area.

      If a race is declared wet, it doesn’t mean it will automatically start behind the safety car. That will only happen if there are puddles of standing water on the circuit, making it dangerous to race. And that generally only happens if there is not enough drainage.

    • Nick.UK (@) said on 6th July 2012, 11:57

      I highly doubt it. It’s rained a lot over the last week sure, but we haven’t had any massive downpours like you would get in the far east. Here in England we just get boring, mild, average intensity rain. Not even any decent thunder either.

      • LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 6th July 2012, 12:19

        yeah definitely no downpours such as in Malaysia for example…. but the likelihood of crashes in wet conditions are much greater, therefor the chances of Mayländer making a few appearances are also much higher..

      • JimG (@jimg) said on 6th July 2012, 12:57

        Well… the forecast is for “up to a month’s rainfall” in some parts of the midlands over this weekend. For today, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2635167#extra-uk-content: “20 to 40mm will fall widely with localised totals of 60 to 80mm”.

      • Jarv F150 (@jarvf150) said on 6th July 2012, 14:46

        Yep it’s pretty bad out there currently, lots of (by UK standards) heavy rain.
        Wettest June since 1910 I think and with some weather records broken so I read.

        After 30+days of rain there is little left for the ground to absorb – loads of standing water on roads and fields.

        Lets hope the drainage is good enough to race but not that good if you know what I mean.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 6th July 2012, 14:14

      He’s led more laps than Massa…

  6. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 6th July 2012, 11:56

    I always feel sorry for reserve drivers on days like these. Jules Bianchi did one installation lap, Daniel (Dani?) Clos managed 6, and Valtteri Bottas put in a whopping 7 laps!

    Good to see Ricciardo up there, it’s been a while since he’s had a really good weekend.

    • bag0 (@bag0) said on 6th July 2012, 12:09

      On the other hand it is good that neither Senna, nor Hulkemberg lost precious track time. I dont mention Karthikayan becouse I dont think it really matters for him, he is that professional.

  7. grumph said on 6th July 2012, 11:58

    It`s obvious that Lotus will win because the Gnomes have taken up residence in there garage, and everyone knows that Gnomes are psychic and have a taste for champange.

  8. Nick.UK (@) said on 6th July 2012, 11:59

    Keith, where did you get the picture for the article on the home page!?!!? I need it as my facebook cover picture this week! :D

  9. sagar atgamkar (@sagaratgamkar) said on 6th July 2012, 13:16

    is it early to say GRO is championship material? not just this session but this entire season so far, once he matures he’d be a fine driver.

    • Girts (@girts) said on 6th July 2012, 13:34

      @sagaratgamkar It’s hard to say if he’s the new Alonso but at the moment I don’t see why Grosjean couldn’t become a world champion if the car is up to the task.

      • sagar atgamkar (@sagaratgamkar) said on 6th July 2012, 13:42

        @girts but there is still some time for him. he is still raw with a few things like his start, either over does it or the opposite. but certainly hes deserves winning more than a few drivers who’ve won this season

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 6th July 2012, 13:39

      @sagaratgamkar

      is it early to say GRO is championship material?

      That depends – are you referring to this season, or to future seasons?

      I think he will be champion one day … but that day is not going to be November 26, 2012. He’s got 53 points to Alonso’s 111, so not only is he going to need a handful of good results, he’s also going to need a fair few results to go his way.

    • Jarv F150 (@jarvf150) said on 6th July 2012, 14:52

      I think he is WDC material – I always expected him to do well this year and he has not let me down. I think he has a record which shows he is no rookie at racing too.

      The trouble is he seems to start races in those positions where you are likely to get bumped around a bit having not got the car capable of getting on the front row.

      • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 6th July 2012, 20:56

        I always struggle with the predictions of “WDC” material.
        So often it is a question of the car. Jenson Button is a perfect example of that. For years, he was the butt of terrible jokes, a lost potential. But, once in that Magical Brawn GP, he achieved the heights, and now, at Mclaren, he seems to be drifting back again. Personally, I think he was lucky to get that Brawn car and, in a way, stumbled into the WDC rather than earned it.

        Its something of a catch-22. A driver cant get on a good team w/o good results, but they cant get good results with a dog-of-a-car. This means that Testing is the only way to judge an unknown driver in a good car
        Testing is gone now, and even back then, the results were never publish, so, my own answer is that we will never know if GRO is WDC material until (and unless) he starts leading the championship

  10. Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 6th July 2012, 13:25

    Lotus will win because BATMAN!

  11. sagar atgamkar (@sagaratgamkar) said on 6th July 2012, 13:45

    has GRO been linked to moving to another team yet. and how about KOV on the same?

    • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 6th July 2012, 14:51

      I think he should stay put – unless Genii / Lotus is in financial trouble.

      Ferrari won’t call and neither will Red Bull, McLaren or Mercedes. So that’s leaving only Williams, Force India and Sauber. Maybe Williams is a good place to go.

      But it’s true that by now we should be hearing Romain to Ferrari rumours… @sagaratgamkar

  12. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th July 2012, 21:08

    I was thinking today how frustrated I would be if I was on my way to the circuit knowing I was missing F1 cars racing about in front of me, then I remember that I’m probably better off travelling as there won’t be any cars on track anyway!

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