Practice 2: Massa tops as rain spoils day one

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa topped a the timing sheets at the end of a session for the first time this year

Jul.8 (PVM) Ferrari driver Felipe Massa popped the fastest lap of the second rain drenched practice session on his final run, nabbing top spot on the timing screens for the first time this year for the Brazilian – in any session.

Sebastian Buemi drives through the bucketing rain

Sebastian Buemi drives through the bucketing rain

The Brazilian left it late as the track dried up – no make that: got less wet – to snatch top spot from a couple of Silver Arrows who had also left it late to set their best times.

Nico Rosberg ended second fastest in the Mercedes MGP-W02 and, remarkably, third quickest was Kamui Kobayashi who wrecked his C30 in the morning session.

Great work by the Sauber crew to get the popular Japanese driver back out on track for the afternoon stint – and as is becoming his custom Kobayashi did not disappoint.

Up next with only six laps each to their credit were the McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button who ended the session fourth and fifth respectively – both opting to do very few runs in the prevalent conditions. Button apparently nursing not only a knee injury, but also a sinus niggle.

Rain falls heavily over the paddock. Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday 8 July 2011.

Summer at Silverstone

Nevertheless, most of the session was a wash out, especially early on when the rain was bucketing down – thus rendering the first day of the British Grand Prix weekend virtually meaningless for most.

Why meaningless one might ask: Mark Webber (14th), Sebastian Vettel (18th) and Fernando Alonso (15th) – Webber’s best time in the morning session was over three seconds better than Massa’s fastest a few hours later – enough said!

A shame really as the full effects of the off throttle blown exhaust clampdown was to be felt on the opening day at Silverstone – alas the weather had other plans and for now fans will have to wait another day (hoping it does not rain on Saturday) to see if the restrictions will clip the wings of the dominant Red Bull RB7 in the hands of Sebastian Vettel.

Friday, 8 July – Practice 2 Results







1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:49.967 9
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:50.744 0.777 16
3 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:51.395 1.428 16
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:51.438 1.471 6
5 Jenson Button McLaren 1:51.518 1.551 6
6 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:51.738 1.771 18
7 Paul di Resta Force India 1:51.781 1.814 7
8 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1:51.992 2.025 13
9 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:52.169 2.202 12
10 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:52.189 2.222 21
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:52.198 2.231 9
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:52.325 2.358 12
13 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1:52.578 2.611 16
14 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:52.587 2.620 6
15 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:52.869 2.902 8
16 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:54.023 4.056 8
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:54.274 4.307 16
18 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:54.545 4.578 4
19 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Racing 1:54.714 4.747 13
20 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:55.155 5.188 8
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1:55.155 5.188 12
22 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 1:55.549 5.582 10
23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 1:55.828 5.861 10
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1:56.037 6.070 6