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Wet Silverstone tangles Practice 1 for British Grand Prix, track dries for Practice 2 [results]

 Wet Silverstone tangles Practice 1 for British Grand Prix, track dries for Practice 2 [results]
Soaking wet Silverstone during Practice 1 for 2013 British Grand Prix 28.06.2013 / Reuters

Nico Rosberg was the fastest

Today's first practice for the 2013 British Grand Prix was heavily affected by rain. In Practice 1 only eleven drivers dared to establish a lap time and this happened in the last 13 minutes of the 90-minute session.

Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo took first place with a time of 1 minute 54.249 seconds, followed by Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg (1m 55.033s) and Williams' Pastor Maldonado (1m 55.354s). Local favorite Lewis Hamilton grabbed fourth place after his fastest lap of 1m 55.458s. Important names like Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel failed to complete a timed lap.

Results Practice 1:

PosNoDriverTeamTime/RetiredGapLaps
1 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:54.249   10
2 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:55.033 0.784 7
3 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:55.354 1.105 7
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:55.458 1.209 5
5 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:55.825 1.576 9
6 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:56.361 2.112 7
7 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:57.891 3.642 4
8 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:58.859 4.610 6
9 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:59.719 5.470 7
10 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:59.876 5.627 8
11 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2:06.534 12.285 6
12 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes No time   3
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes No time   4
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault No time   1
15 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes No time   1
16 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes No time   4
17 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time   4
18 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault No time   1
19 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes No time   1
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault No time   3
21 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault No time   4
22 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault No time   0

The situation took a turn for the better on Practice 2 as weather conditions improved and the track began to dry, even though there were several rain reports coming in during the session. As a result of the improved weather lap times got better and better, culminating with Nico Rosberg's fastest lap of the entire day clocked at 1 minute 32.248 seconds. Red Bull came in second and third place with Mark Webber (1m 32.547s) and Sebastian Vettel (1m 32.680s), respectively. Ferrari's Massa lost control of the car at the exit of Stowe during his eight lap, affecting the nose of the F138 which ended his run.

Results Practice 2:

PosNoDriverTeamTime/RetiredGapLaps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.248   33
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.547 0.299 26
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.680 0.432 31
4 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:32.832 0.584 34
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.911 0.663 28
6 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:33.171 0.923 34
7 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:33.290 1.042 38
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:33.313 1.065 34
9 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:33.322 1.074 38
10 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:33.494 1.246 32
11 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.740 1.492 29
12 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.896 1.648 36
13 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:34.120 1.872 30
14 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.130 1.882 29
15 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.998 2.750 32
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:35.070 2.822 29
17 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:35.127 2.879 35
18 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:35.802 3.554 27
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:35.984 3.736 32
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:36.079 3.831 35
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:37.329 5.081 33
22 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:43.466 11.218 7

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