Lewis Hamilton has taken top spot on the timesheets as Formula 1 practice continued on a sodden Friday at this year’s British Grand Prix.
If anything, the rain was more intense than this morning’s session, washing out much of the ninety minute’s running to the enormous frustration of the huge crowds that hadd battled traffic snarls to get to the Northamptonshire circuit.
Eventually a few brave souls ventured out to post a few lap times towards the end of the session, but Bruno Senna’s hopes of a solid first outing in the car – having surrendered his Williams to reserve driver Valtteri Bottas in the opening session – came to nought. The Brazilian suffered a heavy crash as he accelerated out of Chapel corner and onto Hangar Straight, aquaplaning straight off the circuit and into the tyre barrier at speed.
Fernando Alonso also came to grief in the dying seconds of the session, knocking his front wing off his Ferrari when he spun exiting Stowe. The Spaniard buried the nose of his Ferrari in the tyres, and managed to limp back to the pits for his Ferrari mechanics to complete all the necessary repairs ahead of tomorrow’s final practice session.
Up at the front, it was Lewis Hamilton who claimed top honours with the fastest time of the day, just two-tenths quicker than the session-topping effort posted by Romain Grosjean in the morning session.
The Englishman, who spent part of the session venturing up and down the pit lane checking out on each of the other teams – or was he shopping for a 2013 seat? – returned to his McLaren and posted his time in the final half-hour.
Behind him, the top-four was completed by Kamui Kobayashi and Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, who all posted their fastest times within a quarter of a second of Hamilton’s best.
2012 British Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes MP4-27||1:56.345||8|
|2.||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari C31||1:56.474||+ 0.129||15|
|3.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes AMG F1 W03||1:56.545||+ 0.200||11|
|4.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG F1 W03||1:56.567||+ 0.222||9|
|5.||Sergio Pérez||Sauber Ferrari C31||1:57.493||+ 1.148||13|
|6.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-27||1:57.948||+ 1.603||9|
|7.||Heikki Kovalainen||Caterham Renault CT01||1:58.580||+ 2.235||10|
|8.||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus F1 Renault E20||1:58.897||+ 2.552||8|
|9.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes VJM05||1:58.943||+ 2.598||11|
|10.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F2012||1:59.015||+ 2.670||14|
|11.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM05||1:59.429||+ 3.084||9|
|12.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Renault FW34||1:59.472||+ 3.127||6|
|13.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing Renault RB8||1:59.476||+ 3.131||10|
|14.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7||1:59.854||+ 3.509||7|
|15.||Felipe Massa||Scuderia Ferrari F2012||2:00.565||+ 4.220||7|
|16.||Timo Glock||Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01||2:00.820||+ 4.475||11|
|17.||Bruno Senna||Williams Renault FW34||2:01.099||+ 4.754||6|
|18.||Vitaly Petrov||Caterham Renault CT01||2:01.348||+ 5.003||12|
|19.||Charles Pic||Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01||2:03.719||+ 7.374||8|
|20.||Narain Karthikeyan||HRTF1 Cosworth F112||2:04.774||+ 8.429||8|
|21.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Renault E20||no time||1|
|22.||Daniel Ricciardo||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7||no time||2|
|23.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing Renault RB8||no time||1|
|24.||Pedro de la Rosa||HRTF1 Cosworth F112||no time||0|