Hamilton, Grosjean, share Friday wet British Grand Prix times

SILVERSTONE, England-  With the rain continuing all day in Friday practice in preparation for Sunday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton gave the home fans a little bit to cheer about as the McLaren Mercedes driver lapped the historic circuit in session two with a 1:56:345 to set the fastest lap of the day.

All morning and afternoon, fans were desperately trying to get to the track and the appalling weather did not make it any better. As for the drivers, it was not any better. But Romain Grosjean, fresh off his disappointing last race in Valencia, Spain, when his alternator failed in hot conditions, the opposite had a better effect on the Lotus driver, as the Frenchman clocked his fastest time with a 1:56:552, just edging out Australia’s Daniel Riccardo by only two tenths of a second.

But the horrible conditions were not good to everyone’s liking as Fernando Alonso, along with Sahara Force India’s pair of Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, came back to the garage, not even clocking a fast lap. Japanese ace Kamui Kobyaschi was being investigated for making a last minute move into the pits.

Although the opening session was more wet than the afternoon, the drivers still did not experience a dry track, and the times still did not come down. Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen gave his team a big boost by finishing in seventh ahead of his fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen himself was the only Lotus driver to practice in the second session as his teammate Grosjean decided to remain in the garage to conserve on his tires.

Towards the finish of the session, William’s driver Bruno Senna lost control and crashed head on into a tire wall, after going straight ahead at Chapel corner. The Brazilian was unhurt but his car was severely damaged, which caused the session to be red flagged for a least ten minutes.

But at the end of the final session, Alonso, who was trying things new by using intermediates instead of full wets, slid off the track after exiting from Stowe corner. The Spaniard blamed the aquaplaning caused by standing water on the track. The incident was mostly blamed after Alonso lost his front wing against the barriers.

The conditions could prove a factor this weekend as the weather forecast is predicting more rain.

Mark Gero

A 12 year veteran writer who has covered race weekends for RIS for three years. Also did the same for motorsport.com.For the last two years, I have been a member of AARWBA.

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Volume 2012, Issue 7, Posted 8:23 PM, 07.06.2012