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British Grand Prix Friday Practice – Where Were Mclaren?

by F1Fan on July 9, 2010

The British Grand Prix Friday Practice sessions were a mixed affair ending with Mark Webber ending up at the top of the time charts followed by Fernando Alonso in the Ferrrari and then his team mate Sebastien Vettel.

The racing press has made much of Webber being given Vettels old Chassis following Webbers accident in the European Grand Prix. Some reports even suggesting favoritism within the team, however Webber has put that rumor firmly to bed, easily setting the fastest lap by over three tenths of a second which is quite a large margin in formula one.

British GP Second Practice Session Times

PositionTeamDriverBest LapTime
# of Laps
1Red Bull RacingMark Webber1:31.234-15
2FerrariFernando Alonso1:31.626+0.39226
3Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel1:31.875+0.64125
4FerrariFelipe Massa1:32.099+0.86525
5Mercedes GPNico Rosberg1:32.166+0.93229
6Mercedes GPMichael Schumacher1:32.660+1.42628
7Renault F1Vitaly Petrov1:32.745+1.51129
8McLarenLewis Hamilton1:32.757+1.52322
9Force IndiaAdrian Sutil1:32.787+1.55327
10Williams F1Rubens Barrichello1:32.967+1.73333
11Renault F1Robert Kubica1:33.019+1.78530
12Williams F1Nico Hulkenberg1:33.164+1.93029
13McLarenJenson Button1:33.200+1.96624
14BMW Sauber F1Kamui Kobayashi1.33.402+2.16823
15Force IndiaTonio Liuzzi1:33.728+2.49427
16Toro RossoSebastien Buemi1:33.836+2.60236
17BMW Sauber F1Pedro De La Rosa1:34.051+2.81729
18Toro RossoJaime Alguersuari1:34.643+3.40936
19Lotus RacingHeikki Kovalainen1:35.465+4.23125
20Virgin RacingLucas Di Grassi1:36.237+5.00324
21Virgin RacingTimo Glock1:36.553+5.31921
22HRT F1 TeamKarun Chandhok1:37.019+5.78527
23HRT F1 TeamSakon Yamamoto1:38.303+7.06932
24Lotus RacingJarno Trulli1:42.901+11.6673
Friday Practice, July 9, 2010

The real story of Friday practice to me seems to be “Where Were McLaren?”. Most of the motoring press were expecting the British Grand Prix to be competition between Red Bull Racing and McLaren, but if todays results are anything to go by that may not happen.

In the final practice session Lewis Hamilton could only manage a time which placed him 8th fastest some one and a half seconds off the pace of Webber and Jenson Button was all the way down in 13th almost two seconds slower than Webber.

I know that Practice times do not mean that much but unless McLaren are hiding their real pace until qualifying tomorrow it seems like their new rear blown diffuser design may not have given the improvement in downforce and handling that they are looking for.

This seems to be what Jenson Button is feeling as well commenting on todays practice session he said:

“Our day was a little trickier than we’d expected. I couldn’t get a set-up with the new package. We improved through the day, but there’s still a lot of work to do, and we’re not where we want to be with the balance yet. As always, the Red Bulls look very fast, and it’s going to be tough to challenge them. So we’ve just got to hope we make a good step forward tonight.

“But I’m still positive; I remember in Turkey last year, I really struggled on Friday, and yet I won the race. And I’d really love to win my home grand prix in front of all the fans here. This is a special weekend for everyone in our team – we want to get the best out of car, and put on a show for all the thousands of people who’ll be cheering us on.”

So we will have to wait and see what Qualifying and the race itself will bring.

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