Free Practice 1
Nick Heidfeld, R31-04 Free Practice 1:
P16, 1:48.941, 20 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 Free Practice 1:
P17, 1:49.603, 15 laps
Nick Heidfeld led the way for Lotus Renault GP in at a mixed weather conditions wet Silverstone for the first practice session of the British Grand Prix.
Using chassis R31-04, Nick set the sixteenth fastest time of the session using Pirelli’s blue marked intermediate tyres with a lap of 1min 48.941secs.
Vitaly was just below Nick on the timing monitors with the seventeenth fastest time in the session, also using the intermediate tyres, using chassis R31-05.
The rear wings on both cars were changed during the course of the 90 minute session – Vitaly’s after his installation lap, and Nick’s in the latter part of practice.
Fastest today was Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber with a time of 1m 46.603s.
The wet conditions meant there was a variety of tyres used, with both LRGP drivers starting on the full wet before using the intermediate for the majority of the session. There were dry tyres used elsewhere in the field.
Free Practice 2
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 Free Practice 2:
P11, 1:52.198, 9 laps
Nick Heidfeld, R31-04 Free Practice 2:
P16, 1:54.023, 8 laps
The English weather was ever-present this afternoon, as Vitaly and Nick only managed to total 17 laps between them.
In a washed out second practice session at Silverstone, both drivers had to wait until 14.06 (66 minutes into the session) before they got out on track to test the extreme wet Pirelli tyres.
Vitaly managed to post the best time of the two drivers, with a 1min 55.874secs. Nick, meanwhile, clocked in with a 1min 56.848secs before the drying weather allowed the team to contemplate the use of the inters.
It was on the intermediate tyres that Vitaly secured his P11 with a timed lap of 1min 52.198secs. His counterpart, Nick, meanwhile posted a 1min 54.848secs, allowing him to clinch P16.
It was Ferrari’s Felipe (Massa) who finished ahead of the field with a 1min 49.967secs lap, ahead of Nico (Rosberg) in second and Sauber’s Kamui (Kobayashi) in third.
By: Lotus Renault