Friday analysis - rain limits Silverstone learning 06 Jul 2012
The weather affected both of Fridays practice sessions for the 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, with several teams limiting their running to save wet-weather tyres ahead of a likely forecast of further rain on Saturday and Sunday. We take a team-by-team look at a rather inconclusive day one
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 57.174s, P3/1m 56.345s, P1
Jenson Button, 2m 01.834s, P17/1m 57.948s, P6
Both drivers were encouraged by the way things went for them, though the standing water was a concern.
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 58.483s, P7/1m 56.474s, P2
Sergio Perez 1m 57.664s, P4/1m 57.493s, P5
If ever there was Sauber weather, this was it, but though they were fast, neither Kobayashi nor Perez was able to draw any conclusions about the C31s new engine cover, rear bodywork, diffuser and brake ducts.
Michael Schumacher, 1m 58.493s, P8/1m 56.545s, P3
Nico Rosberg, 1m 58.942s, P9/1m 56.567s, P4
Experiments with intermediate tyres proved fruitless, but by and large this wasnt a bad day for Mercedes in the trying circumstances.
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 59.787s, P14/1m 58.580s, P7
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 59.614s, P12/2m 01.348s, P18
Caterham were very happy with their days running with their important new exhaust update. Kovalainen and Petrov did comparisons between the new exhaust layout and rear bodywork in the morning and in FP2 both said their cars felt stable and balanced.
Romain Grosjean, 1m 56.552s, P1/No time, P21
Kimi Raikkonen, 2m 00.253s, P16/1m 58.897s, P8
Grosjean looked handy in FP1 and said his car felt good and consistent before sitting out FP2, while Raikkonen said he was able to test certain things so his day hadnt been a total washout.
Nico Hulkenberg (afternoon only), 1m 58.943s, P9
Paul di Resta, No time, P23/1m 59.429s, P11
Jules Bianchi (morning only), No time, P24
No problems here, apart from dealing with the inevitable aquaplaning.
Fernando Alonso, No time, P22/1m 59.015s, P10
Felipe Massa, 1m 58.119s, P5/2m 00.565s, P15
Not a great day for Ferrari, with Alonso crashing at the end of FP2 and wiping off his F2012s nose after hed saved tyres all morning. Massa did only three timed laps, and said it was impossible to draw any meaningful conclusions.
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 59.414s, P11/1m 59.476s, P13
Mark Webber, 1m 58.463s, P6/No time, P23
No real running, no real conclusions here.
Pastor Maldonado, 2m 00.125s, P15/1m 59.472s, P12
Bruno Senna (afternoon only), 2m 01.099s, P17
Valtteri Bottas (morning only) 1m 59.733s, P13
Little to report here, apart from Bottas doing his usual excellent job in the morning, and Senna aquaplaning into the wall at Becketts/Chapel in the afternoon.
Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 56.827s, P2/No time, P22
Jean-Eric Vergne, 1m 59.076s, P10/1m 59.854s, P14
Ricciardo said his car gave him confidence in the morning, but Vergne was unable to draw any real lessons.
Timo Glock, 2m 01.835s, P18/2m 00.820s, P16
Charles Pic, 2m 11.760s, P21/2m 03.719s, P19
Marussia got back into action after their sad experience earlier in the week, and were able to run their upgraded technical package. Glock said he still had a bit of pace to find, while Pic said he was frustrated that the weather hampered the set-up of the new exhaust system.
Narain Karthikeyan (afternoon only), 2m 04.774s, P20
Pedro de la Rosa, 2m 04.341s, P19/No time, P24
Dani Clos (morning only) 2m 05.022s, P20
Clos probably enjoyed his day as the busiest of HRTs three drivers, getting the chance to run and gathering some useful data. The others did what they had to do, and saved tyres the rest of the time.
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