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British Grand Prix – Friday Practice Results

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With a raft of upgrades to assess, Kimi and Romain made up for lost time with a strong haul of laps during this afternoon’s session; ending the day in P13 / P9 respectively.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                  Time      Gap        Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m32.248s             33
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m32.547s  + 0.299s   26
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m32.680s  + 0.432s   31
 4. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m32.832s  + 0.584s   34
 5. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m32.911s  + 0.663s   28
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m33.171s  + 0.923s   34
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m33.290s  + 1.042s   38
 8. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m33.313s  + 1.065s   34
 9. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m33.322s  + 1.074s   38
10. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m33.494s  + 1.246s   32
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m33.740s  + 1.492s   29
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m33.896s  + 1.648s   36
13. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m34.120s  + 1.872s   30
14. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m34.130s  + 1.882s   29
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m34.998s  + 2.750s   32
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m35.070s  + 2.822s   29
17. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m35.127s  + 2.879s   35
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m35.802s  + 3.554s   27
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m35.984s  + 3.736s   32
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault      1m36.079s  + 3.831s   35
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m37.329s  + 5.081s   33
22. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m43.466s  + 11.218s   7

FP1 Times: Report

Pos Driver                Team                  Time      Gap       Laps
 1. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m54.249s            10
 2. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m55.033s  + 0.784s   7
 3. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m55.354s  + 1.105s   7
 4. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m55.458s  + 1.209s   5
 5. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m55.825s  + 1.576s   9
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m56.361s  + 2.112s   7
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m57.891s  + 3.642s   4
 8. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m58.859s  + 4.610s   6
 9. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m59.719s  + 5.470s   7
10. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m59.876s  + 5.627s   8
11. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               2m06.534s  + 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-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-Renault      no time               4
22. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         no time               0

Friday – Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 24th/13th: “We’re reasonably happy with everything today. We put quite a lot of effort into testing the new device which feels pretty okay. I only ran with the development and hard tyre so didn’t go for a faster lap, but it didn’t feel too bad and we can work out where everything will be once we put it all together. I don’t think we’re one of the very quickest, but I don’t think we’ll be too far away.”

Romain Grosjean – 14th/9th: “It was a solid day here at Silverstone. Thankfully, the rain stopped for this afternoon and we could get some good laps in so we can make a call on setup and configuration for tomorrow. It’s hard to say exactly where the car is due to the conditions we had, plus we ran with a lot of different tyres so my engineers will have a busy evening checking the info to work out what’s best. The car feels good; I think if we can improve in a few areas we could be well placed for qualifying.”

Alan Permane, trackside operations director: “After a wash-out in the morning where we elected not to run, we had a productive afternoon. Kimi was happy with the balance of the car with the Device fitted and we made some tweaks to it by trying different settings too. All appears to be working well and we have a good amount of data from which to decide if we will run it for the rest of the weekend. Romain’s car also looks to be working fine with the new aero package. We’re not concerned by the lap times this afternoon; Kimi didn’t use the softer tyre while Romain ran with it very early in the session, so we’re happy that we will be more competitive than we were at the last race.”

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