Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Silverstone, 2012

Hamilton heads another wet practice session at Silverstone

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

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Silverstone, 2012The weather worsened for the second practice session and for almost all of the first hour hardly anyone ventured out on track at all.

Bruno Senna and Timo Glock were the first to set times but both quickly returned to the garage saying there was no point in running as the track continued to get wetter.

It wasn’t until there was less than 40 minutes left that the rain finally stopped and drivers began taking to the track. Kamui Kobayashi was the first and gradually other followed him.

But the session was stopped shortly afterwards as Senna crashed at Chapel. The Williams driver lost control of his car coming onto the Hangar straight and damager both ends of the FW32 against the barrier.

Once the session was resumed the track got busier again, with Kobayashi again leading the way. But Lewis Hamilton – who had gone for a stroll up the pit lane with an umbrella during the worst of the rain – took over at the top of the times with a 1’56.345.

Several of the other front-runners only appeared on intermediate tyres, not wanting to use up their limited allocation of wet-weather tyres. They included Sebastian Vettel, who was so slow he held up Timo Glock and was overtaken by the Marussia.

Fernando Alonso also went out on intermediate tyres and set a time good enough for tenth. But he spun at Stowe on his final lap and clipped the barrier, taking off his front wing.

The session ended with Hamilton on top ahead of the busy Kobayashi. Romain Grosjean and Daniel Ricciardo – the fastest two drivers from the first session – opted not to set times.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’56.345 8
2 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’56.474 0.129 16
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’56.545 0.200 12
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’56.567 0.222 9
5 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’57.493 1.148 13
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’57.948 1.603 9
7 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’58.580 2.235 10
8 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’58.897 2.552 8
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’58.943 2.598 12
10 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’59.015 2.670 14
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’59.429 3.084 9
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’59.472 3.127 6
13 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’59.476 3.131 10
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’59.854 3.509 7
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2’00.565 4.220 7
16 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2’00.820 4.475 11
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 2’01.099 4.754 6
18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 2’01.348 5.003 12
19 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2’03.719 7.374 8
20 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 2’04.774 8.429 8
21 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault No time 1
22 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari No time 2
23 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault No time 1
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth No time 0

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