Lewis Hamilton quickest at soggy Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton is running an altered helmet design at his home Grand Prix this weekend

Lewis Hamilton is running an altered helmet design at his home Grand Prix this weekend

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has set the practice pace at a wet Silverstone ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

Heavy rain lashed the Northamptonshire venue during both 90 minute sessions, leaving Hamilton to record a best time of just 1:56.34s.

Kamui Kobayashi was 0.13s adrift in second, with Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez rounding out the afternoon’s top five.

Romain Grosjean had put Lotus on top in the morning session – his 1:56.55s effort proving 0.28s better than that recorded by Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

The biggest incident of the day belonged to Bruno Senna, who crashed his Williams at the exit of Becketts during Practice 2.

Fernando Alonso also found the barriers, with his Ferrari losing its latest specification front-wing after a premature switch to intermediate tyres.

Ricciardo and compatriot Mark Webber were two of four drivers that elected not to set a flying lap in the second session due to the restricted number of wet and intermediate tyres available to teams for the weekend.

A third 60 minute practice will take place tomorrow prior to qualifying.

See below for the Practice 1 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

1 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:56.552
2 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:56.827 0.275
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.174 0.622
4 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:57.664 1.112
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:58.119 1.567
6 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:58.463 1.911
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:58.483 1.931
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:58.493 1.941
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:58.942 2.390
10 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:59.076 2.524
11 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:59.414 2.862
12 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:59.614 3.062
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:59.733 3.181
14 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:59.787 3.235
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 2:00.125 3.573
16 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 2:00.253 3.701
17 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2:01.834 5.282
18 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2:01.835 5.283
19 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 2:04.341 7.789
20 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 2:05.022 8.470
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2:11.760 15.208
22 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time
23 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes No time
24 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes No time

See below for the Practice 2 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:56.345
2 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:56.474 0.129
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:56.545 0.200
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:56.567 0.222
5 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:57.493 1.148
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.948 1.603
7 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:58.580 2.235
8 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:58.897 2.552
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:58.943 2.598
10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:59.015 2.670
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:59.429 3.084
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:59.472 3.127
13 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:59.476 3.131
14 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:59.854 3.509
15 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2:00.565 4.220
16 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2:00.820 4.475
17 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 2:01.099 4.754
18 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 2:01.348 5.003
19 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2:03.719 7.374
20 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 2:04.774 8.429
21 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault No time
22 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari No time
23 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault No time
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth No time

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Race Guide for the British Grand Prix

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