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Friday analysis - rain limits Silverstone learning 06 Jul 2012

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31 spins.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham CT01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM05.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012 with broken front wing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW34 Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Dani Clos (ESP) HRT Formula One Team HRT F112 Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012

The weather affected both of Friday’s 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…

McLaren
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.

Sauber
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 C31’s new engine cover, rear bodywork, diffuser and brake ducts.

Mercedes
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 wasn’t a bad day for Mercedes in the trying circumstances.

Caterham
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 day’s 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.

Lotus
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 hadn’t been a total washout.

Force India
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.

Ferrari
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 F2012’s nose after he’d saved tyres all morning. Massa did only three timed laps, and said it was impossible to draw any meaningful conclusions.

Red Bull
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.

Williams
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.

Toro Rosso
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.

Marussia
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.

HRT
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 HRT’s 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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