Hamilton headed the timesheets in today's second practice session at Silverstone

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.

Senna's session was over after he crashed his WilliamsEventually 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.

Alonso also crashed out in the final minutes of the sessionSenna wasn’t the only driver to be caught out as a host of drivers had off-track moments as they discovered how little adhesion there was on the damp track.

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:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:56.345   8
2. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C31 1:56.474 + 0.129 15
3. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:56.545 + 0.200 11
4. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:56.567 + 0.222 9
5. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C31 1:57.493 + 1.148 13
6. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:57.948 + 1.603 9
7. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham Renault CT01 1:58.580 + 2.235 10
8. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:58.897 + 2.552 8
9. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:58.943 + 2.598 11
10. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:59.015 + 2.670 14
11. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:59.429 + 3.084 9
12. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW34 1:59.472 + 3.127 6
13. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:59.476 + 3.131 10
14. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:59.854 + 3.509 7
15. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F2012 2:00.565 + 4.220 7
16. Timo Glock DEU Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 2:00.820 + 4.475 11
17. Bruno Senna BRA Williams Renault FW34 2:01.099 + 4.754 6
18. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham Renault CT01 2:01.348 + 5.003 12
19. Charles Pic FRA Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 2:03.719 + 7.374 8
20. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRTF1 Cosworth F112 2:04.774 + 8.429 8
21. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E20 no time   1
22. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 no time   2
23. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 no time   1
24. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRTF1 Cosworth F112 no time   0

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