Nico Rosberg headed the times in a disrupted first practice session at Silverstone which saw a high-speed accident for Felipe Massa.
The Williams driver ran wide at Stowe corner early in the session, lost control of his car on the run-off at the exit, and spun into the barrier on the inside. Massa was uninjured, but the session was stopped for over a quarter of an hour while the accident scene was cleared up.
This proved useful for Williams as their other car had already come to a stop and could now be recovered. Susie Wolff had only completed four laps when the oil pressure dropped in her Mercedes power unit, causing her to stop at Club corner. But although her car was brought back to the pits the team were unable to repair it in time for her to rejoin.
Wolff was one of two drivers participating in an official F1 session for the first time. The other, Force India’s Daniel Juncadella, had a largely problem-free run in Nico Hulkenberg’s car.
Marcus Ericsson spun off in the high-speed Becketts sequences and the yellow flags were out for several laps while his car was recovered. This came at an inconvenient time for Lewis Hamilton as he tried to beat his team mate’s mark.
The result was Rosberg ended the session quickest by over seven tenths of a second from Hamilton, who was just a tenth of a second ahead of Fernando Alonso. As usual Ferrari ran with a lower fuel load in the first session, as indicated by a radio message from Force India to Sergio Perez.
Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest for Red Bull despite suffering a gearbox problem. However Pastor Maldonado’s problems in the Lotus were more series – he failed even to set a time.
|4||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||1’36.623||1.199||21|
|6||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’36.921||1.497||20|
|8||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’37.175||1.751||29|
|9||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’37.227||1.803||25|
|11||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’37.720||2.296||22|
|14||34||Daniel Juncadella||Force India-Mercedes||1’38.083||2.659||23|
|15||36||Giedo van der Garde||Sauber-Ferrari||1’38.328||2.904||19|
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