Ricciardo, Rosberg top mixed Silverstone sessions

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Saturday 29th June, 2013 - 1:44am

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Daniel Ricciardo cuts through the Silverstone rain

Daniel Ricciardo cuts through the Silverstone rain

Just a day after Mark Webber announced his impending retirement from Formula 1, his countryman Daniel Ricciardo topped the opening practice session on a Friday of mixed weather at Silverstone.

Just 11 cars completed flying laps in the opening 90 minute hit-out due to wet conditions.

With dry weather expected for the rest of the weekend, teams largely elected to stay in the garage until just 15 minutes remained.

Ricciardo set the first flying lap of 2:00.03s and, although temporarily displaced from the top spot, the West Australian had the last laugh with a 1:54.25s effort.

Conditions improved in the afternoon, with the track quickly proving dry enough for slicks.

Ricciardo again spent time at the top of the sheets during, but this time it was Rosberg and Mercedes that prevailed, clocking a 1:32.35s best.

Reigning British Grand Prix winner Mark Webber was just 0.3s adrift in second ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the Force India of Paul di Resta and Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes.

Ricciardo wound up sixth, with team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne completing an encouraging day for Toro Rosso in seventh.

“I decided to do quite a few laps in the rain this morning, as I felt the track was safe enough and you can always learn something in those tricky conditions and I think it pleased the fans as well,” said Ricciardo at day’s end.

“This afternoon, we were pretty good in the dry, getting a good run on the hard compound and improved further on the medium.

“However, I had hoped our long run would be better, so we definitely have more work to do overnight, but generally a positive day.”

Despite the conditions, the sessions were largely incident free, save for crashes from Charles Pic and Felipe Massa in Practice 1 and 2 respectively.

See below for the full Practice 1 result

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

See below for the full Practice 2 result

 

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

 

 

 

 

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