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2011 British Grand Prix (Rd 9, Free Practice 1, July 8th)

July 8, 2011

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Mark Webber topped the time sheets of the a damp and gloomy first practice session in Silverstone this morning.

The Australian picked a prime moment to secure his best lap of the reconfigured circuit during his nineteen lap session.

Webber’s best of 1:46.603 came late in the session and placed his Red Bull over six-tenths quicker than Mercedes veteran Michael Schumacher.
It was not all trouble-free for Webber though. Come the close of practice, the Australian parked his RB7 at the entrance to old pitlane, with potential electrical issues.

Rubens Barrichello brought his Williams to 3rd in the standings. The team arrived at Silverstone with an updated FW33, including a pair of new front wings. Barrichello and teammate Pastor Maldonado ran different diffusers.

Sergio Perez set the 4th quickest lap for Sauber. The young Mexican went further than teammate Kamui Kobayashi, who suffered a large crash near the close of the session, after he lost his C30 on the approach to the first corner.

Daniel Ricciardo made his début at Hispania. The Australia propped up the rear of the field after a 24 lap practice that saw Ricciardo 7.7 seconds shy of Webber.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m46.603s            19
 2.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m47.263s  + 0.660   20
 3.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1m47.347s  + 0.744   23
 4.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m47.422s  + 0.819   22
 5.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m47.562s  + 0.959   13
 6.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m47.758s  + 1.155   23
 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m48.161s  + 1.558   16
 8.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1m48.549s  + 1.946   21
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m48.598s  + 1.995   19
10.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m48.678s  + 2.075   22
11.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m48.730s  + 2.127   18
12.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m48.778s  + 2.175   18
13.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m48.794s  + 2.191   21
14.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1m48.809s  + 2.206   17
15.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m48.841s  + 2.238   23
16.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                1m48.941s  + 2.338   20
17.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1m49.603s  + 3.000   15
18.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m50.133s  + 3.530   17
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1m50.222s  + 3.619   14
20.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault          1m51.119s  + 4.516   17
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1m52.470s  + 5.867   17
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           1m53.143s  + 6.540   20
23.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1m53.469s  + 6.866   26
24.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1m54.334s  + 7.731   24
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