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