Practice One - first blood to Vettel 09 Jul 2010
Sebastian Vettel pushed Red Bull to the fore as the opening practice for this weekends British Grand Prix got underway on Friday morning at the new Silverstone circuit. Proving that lap times in team simulators have not been overly optimistic at 1m 31s, Vettel lapped his RB6 in 1m 32.280s to head late-improving Lewis Hamilton by 0.334s after the 2008 world champion took his revised McLaren round in 1m 32.614s.
Robert Kubica was also on it all through the session, setting the third fastest time of 1m 32.725s for Renault just ahead of Mark Webber in the other Red Bull on 1m 32.747s. Adrian Sutil in the Force India that is made just over the Dadford Road outside the circuit was the final ace, with 1m 32.968s.
Nico Rosberg had a satisfactory run for Mercedes to go sixth on 1m 33.318s, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 33.377s in the updated Williams, Jenson Button in the second McLaren on 1m 33.519s, and Michael Schumacher on 1m 35.955s in the other Mercedes.
Rubens Barrichello led the next group from 10th place after recording 1m 34.016s for Williams, ahead of Sebastien Buemi on 1m 34.132s for Toro Rosso and Vitaly Petrov in the second Renault on 1m 34.365s. Ferrari have not got off to a great start with Fernando Alonso in 13th place with 1m 34.490s and Felipe Massa 17th on 1m 35.037s.
In between them came Paul di Resta in the other Force India on 1m 34.580s, and Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa in the BMW Saubers, on 1m 34.710s and 1m 34.901s respectively.
Behind Massa, Jaime Alguersuari lapped his Toro Rosso in 1m 35.318s, then came the new teams which were led by Heikki Kovalainens Lotus on 1m 36.747s. Timo Glock has an upgraded Virgin this weekend, which he took round in 1m 37.330s for 20th, from team mate Lucas di Grassi on 1m 37.518s and Karun Chandhok for HRT on 1m 38.735s.
At the back came test drivers Fauruz Fauzy in the second Lotus on 1m 39.510s and HRTs Sakon Yamamoto on 1m 39.673s.
There was a fair bit of off-track action as drivers explored grip levels, notably Hamilton at Abbey and Schumacher who spun at Brooklands. Fauzy stopped there with mechanical problems towards the end of the session.