Felipe Massa was fastest in a rain-hit second practice session

Felipe Massa has gone fastest in the second practice session for the British Grand Prix, courtesy of a late hot-lap in a largely washed-out session at Silverstone.

The rain-laden clouds opened just minutes before today’s second ninety-minute session got underway, and aside from a few exploratory laps from the midfield runners, the drenched fans had little to watch by way of action for the first half of the session.

Jaime Alguersuari tip-toed through the murky conditions Almost an hour into the session, Jaime Alguersuari took his Toro Rosso through the soup-like conditions to post the first timed lap of the session, and this encouraged the likes of  Sébastien Buemi, Michael Schumacher and Adrian Sutil to do likewise, with these three each taking a turn at the top of the timesheets.

Eventually, Mark Webber eclipsed them all with his first effort, but he wasn’t to attempt another run for the rest of the session as the conditions gradually improved – he would eventually be displaced to 14th-fastest at the end of the session.

Sebastian Vettel was another to remain in the garages for much of the session, only lapping the circuit four times en route to 18th on the timing screens.

The two Mercedes GP drivers had a late crack at top spot, with Michael Schumacher briefly moving back up the order before eventually tumbling to 12th-fastest as others moved ahead.

Nico Rosberg provisionally held the fastest time until a last-minute lap from Felipe Massa bumped him to second place.

Incredibly, Kamui Kobayashi’s battered Sauber was repaired in time for the session after his monster crash in the opening practice session. Keeping a more sensible head on his shoulders this time around, the Japanese driver registered the third-fastest time at the end of the session, while the two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button rounded out the top-five, just ahead of the Force Indias of Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta.



2011 British Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Felipe Massa BRZ Ferrari F150° Italia 1:49.967 6
2. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 0.777 16
3. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C30 + 1.428 16
4. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 1.471 6
5. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 1.551 6
6. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 1.771 18
7. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 1.814 7
8. Rubens Barrichello BRZ Williams Cosworth FW33 + 2.025 13
9. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C30 + 2.202 12
10. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 2.222 21
11. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault R31 + 2.231 9
12. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 2.358 12
13. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Renault T128 + 2.611 16
14. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Renault RB7 + 2.620 6
15. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari F150° Italia + 2.902 8
16. Nick Heidfeld DEU Renault R31 + 4.056 8
17. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 4.307 16
18. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault RB7 + 4.578 4
19. Jérôme d’Ambrosio BEL Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 4.747 13
20. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Cosworth FW33 + 5.188 8
21. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Renault T128 + 5.188 12
22. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 5.582 10
23. Daniel Ricciardo AUS HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 5.861 10
24. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 6.070 6

[Image via Formula1.com, Sutton Images]

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