British GP practice as it happened

Live text and video highlights of the second practice session for the British Grand Prix from Silverstone.

28 June 2013 Last updated at 15:59 GMT

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    Right, that is all from us today. Catch up on how second practice unfolded by reading the report from our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson. We'll be back same time (0900 BST), same place on Saturday morning for final practice and then the juicy stuff - qualifying. Do join us again but until then, have a super Friday evening.

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    British GP

    Lots of support for Lewis Hamilton today - the only Brit on the grid who has tasted victory at Silverstone before, in his championship-winning season of 2008. He is hungry for another win that, in his and the home fans' eyes, is four years overdue. Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg showed good pace today, but has the Mercedes got the ability to slug it out with the Ferraris and Red Bulls for the duration of the race on Sunday?

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    Reece Dawson: Looking at the car's behaviour, don't think that Lewis Hamilton has the balance that he wants - moving around alot, not 'on the nose'.

    Rachel T: Of course the Torro Rossos are up there, they're fighting for Webber's seat!

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    So thoughts on today's action, once we finally got to see some decent runs in second practice? Mercedes showing they have good pace in all conditions, while the Toro Rossos and Force Indias were up there. A good chance of a podium this weekend for Paul Di Resta maybe? #bbcf1

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    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst at Silverstone

    "Both Mercedes and both Red Bulls up there but very interesting to see the Toro Rossos up there too. It is going to be dry for the rest of the weekend and I am looking forward to it."

  6. 1536: 
    SECOND PRACTICE STANDINGS

    1) Rosberg 2) Webber 3) Vettel 4) Di Resta 5) Hamilton 6) Ricciardo 7) Vergne 8) Sutil 9) Grosjean 10) Alonso 11) Button

    12) Hulkenberg 13) Raikkonen 14) Perez 15) Gutierrez 16) Bottas 17) Maldonado 18) Bianchi 19) Van Der Garde 20) Pic 21) Chilton 22) Massa

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    Former Formula 1 driver and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator Allan McNish: "I am very pleased it dried up and extremely happy the fans here were able to see some on-track action. It sets it up well for tomorrow. Top Brit? I am not going to discount Lewis Hamilton."

  8. 1531: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG
    Rosberg

    MERCEDES' NICO ROSBERG IS FASTEST IN SECOND PRACTICE FOR THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX.

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    Big understeer sees Fernando Alonso run wide at Copse but it is no trouble for the Spaniard and he is back on the circuit. Into the final 50 seconds with Nico Rosberg's time of 1:32.248 looking like being the fastest of the session.

  10. 1524: 

    Max Chilton, who reported a strange sound emanating from his Marussia, quickly pops into the pits before rejoining the 20 other drivers out on circuit. Four minutes of the session remains with many drivers doing long run work.

  11. 1519: 

    Entering the final 10 minutes now and all bar Felipe Massa, who crashed earlier in the session, have got plenty of laps under their belt - Jean-Eric Vergne leads the way with 31 completed. Nico Rosberg is still top of the timesheet ahead of Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel is third fastest.

  12. 1517: 

    The FIA confirms that testing is now legally permitted in January 2014.

    In summarising changes made to 2014 regulations, a statement on the FIA's website reads: "Four two-day track tests will be allowed in season in place of the current eight one-day promotional days and the three-day young driver test. These will take place at tracks in Europe on the Tuesday and Wednesday after a race in order to ensure minimal additional resources are necessary.

    "Track testing will now also be permitted in January 2014 in order to allow earlier testing of the new power units."

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    Pirelli provided each car with two sets of the same prototype hard tyre seen in Spain earlier this season, but the weather means they have only seen limited running of the compound today.

    Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembrey tells BBC Radio 5 live's Jennie Gow: "We have only seen a few laps on that tyre and that does not really help us much because the main benefit is over the long runs with the development tyres. I am not sure if we will see them again this season."

  14. 1508: 
    Pastor Maldonado

    An engineer informs Pastor Maldonado over team radio that there is a "possible water leak" in his Williams. The Venezuelan, who has retired on three occasions this season, is searching for his first points of the campaign at Silverstone, where the team will celebrate 600 grands prix. Maldonado is down in 16th fastest at the moment.

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    Kevin Sheridan: That McLaren does not look like it rides the bumps well at all!!

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    Not seeing too much from the McLarens of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez at the moment, they are 14th and 13th fastest respectively.

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    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst at Silverstone

    "We are not seeing the really fast times as I think most people will be putting in some homework for Sunday afternoon, after some lost time this morning. They are getting some long running done today to try and understand the tyre. That is the best thing to do right now."

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    Mark Webber is smashing it round Silverstone at the moment as he looks to make up for some lost time after a fairly lengthy spell back in the pits. He climbs up from fifth to second fastest, three tenths of a second off Nico Rosberg, whose 1:32.248s is still the best time out there at the moment.

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    Sean Sutton: Very unsure how to call this race. Lewis Hamilton has a good chance, as does Paul Di Resta if conditions are similar to this."

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    Nico Rosberg topples Sebastian Vettel at the top as he clocks 1:32.248s on the medium compound. Adrian Sutil clatters over the kerbs at Chapel corner but continues. He is seventh fastest with 36 minutes of the session remaining,

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    A Williams engineer pops up on Valtteri Bottas' radio to inform the Finn that some rain could be 30 minutes away as Sebastian Vettel dips below 1:33, with the drying circuit getting faster. The German is over half a second quicker than Romain Grosjean.

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    Adrian Sutil climbs top of the timesheet after clocking 1:33.068s on the hard compound. Lotus' Romain Grosjean is also improving but his 1:33.322 is not enough to wrest first place off Sutil. Meanwhile, Max Chilton runs wide in his Marussia at Village but nothing too worrying and he swiftly recovers.

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    Ferrari: Felipe out of the track, the front part of the car is damaged. Fernando back on track still with experimental tyres.

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    As our weatherman Ian Fergusson warned earlier, a few spots of rain are starting to fall over the circuit now. Nothing more than very, very light at the moment. Here's hoping it stays that way.

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    Nico Rosberg is out on the hard compound and he whizzes around in 1:33.585 to dislodge Mark Webber at the top. His Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, also on hard tyres, embarks on his first flyer soon after and slots in second fastest with his first timed effort.

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    Just waiting on Lewis Hamilton and Jules Bianchi to post timed laps now, with the rest of the drivers getting as much running as possible after this morning's weather disruption. Fastest lap still with Mark Webber with just under an hour of the session remaining.

  27. 1431: 
    YELLOW FLAG

    As a result of Felipe Massa's crash, yellow flags remain in place at the end of the lap for next five minutes.

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    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: UPDATE. FP2 Further spells of light rain expected shortly from north east.

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    Lotus: Felipe spins at Silverstone? Hasn't he practiced that enough?

  30. 1425: 
    CRASH!

    Felipe Massa smashes the nose of his Ferrari into the wall after suffering the consequences of too much throttle and cold tyres coming out of Stowe. He locks up and can do little as the car slides off the circuit and into the barriers.

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    Fastest lap times are being exchanged between Force India team-mates Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil, before Mark Webber flings his Red Bull round the Silverstone circuit, which is looking bumpy in places, in 1:34.648 to go fastest of all.

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    Silverstone

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto at Silverstone: "Well it's not very often that you see a packed grandstand on a Friday of a grand prix weekend, but that's the case down at Club as Felipe Massa blasts past in Ferrari on a drying track. At least they're being rewarded with some track action after this morning's near washout."

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    Back to on circuit matters and Jean-Eric Vergne climbs to the top of the timesheet in his first run on the slicks, clocking 1:38.901s. His Toro Rosso team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is second fastest, but almost half a second slower than Vergne.

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    BBC pit lane reporter Jennie Gow has just caught up with Heikki Kovalainen and grills the Caterham reserve driver over whether he would be interested in replacing Mark Webber at Red Bull.

    "I haven't talked to any other team bosses, just Tony Fernandes at Caterham," he says. "They [Red Bull] have my number, they can call me if they need to but right now I am happy where I am. The only thing missing is racing but hopefully next year I will be back in the car. If there is any interest from any teams they know I am available and they know how to contact me but I am not pushing myself out there because I am happy here."

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    Stephanie: Cuppa, pack of bourbon biscuits & FP2. It's what a Friday afternoon on your day off is made of.

    Luke Spurdle: Looks like a drying line is appearing at Silverstone. Glad the Formula 1 fans will get to see some action on track.

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    Nico Hulkenberg over team radio: "I think we're almost there with slicks now. I'm just ripping up the inters."

  37. 1408: 

    No messing from the drivers in setting flying laps, 13 of them swiftly putting times on the board. Paul Di Resta goes fastest in his Force India with 1:43.277s, .259s quicker than Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

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    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst at Silverstone

    "I am at the Ferrari garage and they have some developments on the front wing. There is a new edition, with a bit of curvature to help the white flaps get more downforce. The whole front of the car is working to make sure the air coming off the front wing is realigned to the sidepods as much as possible."

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    Good news for the Silverstone spectators - Jenson Button reports over team radio: "The circuit is very dry."

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    Looking pretty peachy on the circuit and Sebastian Vettel immediately looks to make up for lost time, jumping in his Red Bull and he is first out on the track on intermediate tyres. Charles Pic, who damaged his front wing after skidding off the circuit this morning, is out in the Caterham, quickly followed by a stream of other drivers.

  41. 1401: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Green light and the second practice session is go, go go!

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator Allan McNish: "It is 20% chance of rain which basically means nothing. The GP2 cars have been out on the circuit in the break and the circuit is drying. The teams need to make up as much lost time as possible from that wasted 90-minute session this morning."

  43. 1358:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "I've just got back from an interesting lunch with F1 veteran Tyler Alexander, who retired not long ago from McLaren after working there from the very start with Bruce McLaren. Alexander is later this year publishing a book of some of the wonderful photographs he has taken over his nearly 50-year career in F1 and was regaling a few journalists with stories of his times at the team. One interesting observation was his opinion that, if you put Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen (both former McLaren drivers, remember) in the Red Bull, they would 'disappear'. 'Vettel's very good,' he said, 'but I just think they're better.' That's one for discussion long into the night."

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    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst at Silverstone

    "It is not such a bad hair day here at Silverstone now. The weather has improved, it will be damp to start with but we will see a lot of running because the teams will want to learn as much as they can about the cars."

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    Libni Rodriquez: I'd love to see Paul Di Rresta with Red Bull. He is humble, simple, and has demonstrated his skill with a far less superior car than RBR.

    Neal: Paul Di Resta is fast enough, but he's another Mark Webber. Not got the temperament for a huge team and being publicly a number two driver.

  46. 1349: 

    Just watching an aerial shot of Silverstone and conditions are looking much, much better than they were a few hours ago. Still cloudy, mind, but visible stretches of dry areas on the circuit and the crowd are looking in good spirits, fervently waving miniature Union Jack flags as they await second free practice - 10 minutes to go.

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    BBC coverage

    Coverage for the British GP this weekend is live across the BBC, on TV, radio & online. Second practice is under at 1355 BST on the Red Button and on 5 live sports extra.

    Final practice tomorrow is on BBC Two and 5 live sports extra from 0955 BST, as well as online. Qualifying is live on BBC One from 1215 BST, 5 live sports extra from 1255 and online.

    Race coverage on Sunday is on BBC One from 1210 BST, on 5 live from 1300 and here online. TV highlights are on BBC Three at 1900 BST.

    And don't forget all the lovely extra camera streams available online during qualifying and the race, including the pit lane feed (also available on the Red Button), driver tracker,on-board, timing screens and alternative commentary.

    For more information on what's available on Red Button, Connected TV and alternative camera views, click here.

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    FAST FACT
    Sir Stirling Moss

    Since Sir Stirling Moss won the British Grand Prix for Mercedes back in 1955, there have been 11 other British winners of the race.

    They are: Tony Brooks in 1957 (sharing with Moss); Peter Collins in 1958; Jim Clark 1962-65 and 1967; Jackie Stewart in 1969 and 1971; James Hunt in 1977; John Watson in 1981; Nigel Mansell in 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1992; Damon Hill in 1994; Johnny Herbert in 1995; David Coulthard in 1999 and 2000 and Lewis Hamilton in 2008.

    Which of those wins was most memorable for you? Let us know your thoughts, #bbcf1

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    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "Since F1 last convened in Montreal, Lotus have a new ownership structure. A consortium of investors called Infinity Racing has bought a 35% stake in the team. Infinity's chairman, Mansoor Ijaz, gave an interview in which he said the team would 'simply, flatly, completely - we'll be number one in 12 months'. Speaking to BBC Sport, he admitted his enthusiasm had got the better of him. But he is still confident his company's sponsorship and engineering contacts can give Lotus a major boost. His brother Mujeeb has been involved in land speed record successes using alternative power and has expertise in battery technology, and Ijaz, who is 51, is confident he can gain Lotus performance with next year's new engine regulations, in which energy storage and recovery will become a much bigger feature than it is now."

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    Jenson Button was all smiles when he caught up with BBC reporter Lee McKenzie during first practice, despite playing down expectations at Silverstone. Success at his home race has eluded the McLaren driver in his 13 years in Formula 1. He has never finished higher than fourth in 13 attempts.

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    Andrew Powell: Give Paul Di Resta the seat at Red Bull, he has the talent to give Vettel a run for his money.

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    British Grand Prix

    Good news on the weather front. Still cloudy at Silverstone but there has been no rain for a while and parts of the track are starting to dry up. It's looking increasingly likely we won't see the massive fountains of spray kicking up from the rear of the cars, like the example from first practice above.

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    FAST FACT

    This is the stat you've always wanted to know. According to the good people at Silverstone, if all the sausages eaten over Grand Prix weekend at the British Grand Prix were lined up, they would measure the equivalent of a lap around the old Stowe section of the circuit - 1.08 miles. That is a lot of sausages.

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    Silverstone

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto at Silverstone: "Ever wondered where the BBC F1 TV magic happens? Well somewhere deep in the TV compound, which sits adjacent to the huge Silverstone Wing and paddock, you'll find this truck. Inside sit the men and women who edit, produce and manage the programme. What does it look like inside? You'll have to wait until tomorrow's live text commentary to find out..."

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    We said earlier that our reporter at Silverstone, Lawrence Barretto, is snooping around at Silverstone for all sorts of behind-the-scenes bits and he has come up with the goods once again. Let's find out where he has been wandering in between sessions...

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    British Grand Prix

    So what are your thoughts? Are Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne the best three candidates to replace Mark Webber, or should Red Bull spread their net further afield? Is someone like Paul Di Resta a possible option?

    Let us know your thoughts, #bbcf1

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    The second bit of news concerns Red Bull. Team principal Christian Horner says it will be between Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for the seat, set to be vacated by Mark Webber at the end of the season.

  58. 1304:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "McLaren have moved to strengthen their technical department following the defection earlier this year of former technical director Paddy Lowe to Mercedes. They have recruited Sauber chief designer Matt Morris to fill the role of engineering director, which has been vacant since Tim Goss was promoted to Lowe's old role in January. McLaren say Morris will join "once his current contractual situation with Sauber is resolved"."

  59. 1302: 

    Few bits of news emerged from Silverstone while we were away. I'll let our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson kick us off with the first bit...

  60. 1300: 

    Welcome back. Hope you all had a nice lunch break and are feeling refreshed and ready for the second free practice session. This morning's practice may not have been particularly scintillating but there will surely be more activity this afternoon. One hour to go until the pit lane is open.

  61. 1210: 

    Well with that little piece of positive weather-related news I am going to leave for a short lunch break. There was more rumbling from my stomach during that session than there was from the engines of the cars around the Silverstone circuit. Here's hoping for more activity in FP2 at 1400 BST. Live text will be back up and running at 1300, so join me then. Cheerio for now.

  62. 1209:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone
    British Grand Prix

    It might not look like it but the sun is in danger of breaking out here at Silverstone.

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    Some recommended lunchtime reading for you. BBC Sport chief F1 writer Andrew Benson's report from first practice is up on the BBC Sport website, while Marussia's Max Chilton gives a behind the scenes look at what it is like making his debut at the British Grand Prix.

  64. 1202: 

    BBC reporter Katie Gornall at Silverstone: "Just spoken to Silverstone managing director Richard Philips. He says there will be "a few hundred tickets" available on the gate on Sunday."

  65. 1155: 

    BBC Weatherman Ian Fergusson: "UPDATE. Rain now clearing away to south east; looking much more positive for FP2 and rest of afternoon.

  66. 1152: 

    Both Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne were one of the few to clock flying laps in the closing stages of that session, along with Nico Hulkenberg, who was second fastest behind Ricciardo. With little data to be gained from timed laps in those conditions, a bun fight of sorts trying to impress the decision makers at Red Bull for who gets the nod to replace Mark Webber?

  67. 1147: 
    Toro Rosso

    Let's hope for more running this afternoon, otherwise the board games will be busted out again. All smiles from the Toro Rosso lads but the vacant seat at Red Bull for next season will make it interesting, with both Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne potential candidates for promotion to the 'senior' team.

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    Chewwy: Think Daniel Ricciardo is going to be a very good prospect throughout this year and years to come

    Clive Rose: I know it SHOULD be a dry race but with in-season testing banned why don't the teams use this session to test baseline wet set-ups?

  69. 1139: 

    Not much to take from a wet and action-light first practice, with half the field not recording flying laps. Understandable as nothing much to be gained from doing too much in the rain with conditions set to improve for the weekend, and few wanted to risk ending up skidding off into the wall like Charles Pic did.

  70. 1135: 
    FIRST PRACTICE STANDINGS

    1) Ricciardo 2) Hulkenberg 3) Maldonado 4) Hamilton 5) Gutierrez 6) Bottas 7) Vergne 8) Van der Garde 9) Chilton 10) Bianchi 11) Massa

  71. 1131: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG

    DANIEL RICCIARDO FINISHES FASTEST IN FIRST PRACTICE FOR THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX.

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    Caterham: Charles Pic has gone off - he's fine and the car looks ok but we'll need to check it properly when it's back.

  73. 1129: 

    We have 10 timed laps on the board as a drier line appears on the circuit with it being the busiest it has been all session. Lewis Hamilton tops the time sheet with 1:55.458s with just under a minute remaining.

  74. 1127: 
    CRASH!

    What most drivers feared would happen in this wet session has for poor Charles Pic. Coming out of the exit at Club Corner he slides across the gravel in his Caterham and into the tyre wall, smashing off his front wing. Driver fine though.

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    Lots of expectation for Lewis Hamilton to go well at Silverstone this weekend, but BBC Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator Allan McNish is backing another Brit to be a dark horse.

    "If it is dry race you should not discount Paul Di Resta," says the former Formula 1 driver. "He is another guy pushing for drives further up the grid and I would not discount him to be the top Brit this weekend."

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    Daniel Ricciardo improves to 1:57.992s on his sixth lap of the session and the welcome sound of engines fill the air as Lewis Hamilton heads out to join several other drivers for the last seven minutes.

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    Paul McGinnes: Daniel Ricciardo is a legend! He's hopefully set the chain going. Good for the fans at the circuit!

    Looks that way Paul, as a few drivers strap themselves in their cars and start to emerge on the circuit. Happy days.

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    Joni Killie: LOL. The excitement from the Comms box when ONE car does ONE full lap at the very wet Silverstone.

  79. 1118: 

    So 77 minutes into the session we have our first timed lap as Daniel Ricciardo is round in 2:00.029s on the extreme wet tyres. A huge roar from the fans in the stands as he passes the start-finish line, happy at having seen just some form of action.

  80. 1114: 

    Lee McKenzie has been digging around for any information she can garner from Red Bull regarding Mark Webber's replacement.

    She manages to catch team principal Christian Horner, who says he has had "quite a few texts from other drivers" since Webber's announcement and that he hopes to know who Sebastian Vettel's 2014 team-mate will be by the end of August.

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    Ferrari: A very boring session....a pity for all the fans on the grandstands who always show great passion!

    Williams: Sorry we haven't had much running for you today.... Frank (Williams) is also here saying he wants to see his cars on track soon too!

  82. 1109: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    We have not seen much of Lewis Hamilton at all today and no, this is not a picture of him giving up on the rainy weather at Silverstone and making an escape to warmer climes. This is Hamilton sat in one of the Red Arrows. Watch what he gets up to in the build-up to the race on BBC One on Sunday. Or watch the behind-the-scenes video here.

  83. 1104: 

    Hello Mr Vettel. The world championship leader performs a simulated start before embarking on a bit of a sighter lap on the soggy track, checking over the systems in his Red Bull.

    "Bit scary on the straight," he reports over team radio. "Quite a lot of water on the track."

  84. 1101: 
    BBC

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto at Silverstone: "The rain is showing no sign of abating but that's not dampened the enthusiasm of Robin (left) and Richard who are tucked away in the BBC F1 production office, surviving on a diet of cereal and tea. They are putting the finishing touches to a film on Lewis Hamilton spending the day with the RAF Red Arrows. You can see some pictures of his day in his BBC Sport column and see the film itself in the build-up to Sunday's show on BBC One."

  85. 1059: 

    Esteban Gutierrez was in and out of the pits as he made a practice start at the pit lane exit. He remains the only driver opting to brave the conditions.

  86. 1054: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator Allan McNish: "I actually think Esteban Gutierrez has performed better than expected. He is in a difficult situation. He has a strong team-mate in Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban has come in and has basically out-performed a lot of the team's thoughts of what he could do."

  87. 1053: 

    Esteban Gutierrez is now the only car on the circuit, cautiously making his way around the wet track, before heading back into the pit lane and it is all quiet once again. The Mexican is looking to score his first points of the season this weekend. Just over 36 minutes of this session remains.

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    Stevie: Watching from Yorkhill hospital! Wish I was there but will be defo be there next year.

  89. 1048: 
    Silverstone

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto at Silverstone: "British fans are among the most hardcore around, none more so than Mark who has been driving down from Cumbria each year and camping in one of the surrounding fields for the last 18 years. 'Last year, the campsite I was in was horrendous and we were considering whether to come or not, but we came and we've camped again,' he said. 'The weather won't put us off. The atmosphere is brilliant. I'm supporting Lewis this weekend. I reckon he's got a great chance of pole, but he'll struggle in the race. Still, I'll be out there supporting him all the way.'"

    Who else has braved the weather today? Let us know where you have travelled from to catch the action (or lack of as things stand) via #bbcf1

  90. 1044: 

    A British race would not be British without some tea making an appearance. A member of the McLaren team walks into the garage with a piping hot round of brews. Lots of the wet looking fans in the stands would probably love one of those right now too.

  91. 1042: 

    We have some action again! Daniel Ricciardo breaks the silence to head on to the circuit, spraying water on to the pit lane camera as he emerges on the track for a lonely foray. The Toro Rosso driver will be desperate to impress with that Red Bull seat, vacated by Mark Webber at the end of the year, up for grabs next season.

  92. 1040: 

    Lots of milling around in the garages from the drivers as they wait for the standing water to abate. Lee McKenzie has taken the opportunity to grab a word with Jenson Button.

    "There isn't much point heading out at the moment," says the McLaren man. "I think we need to apologise to the fans but for us it is really wet out there and it is going to be dry at the weekend, so it is more a risk than anything else. We have some new parts and with standing water it is pretty easy to hit the wall and damage those parts. We want to perform well and I don't think we will do that without those parts."

  93. 1036:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "One unfortunate detail, though. It's not actually their 600th GP - they have added into their count the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix, which they along with most of the other British teams boycotted as a result of the political battles that were going on in F1 at the time."

  94. 1035:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "Williams are celebrating their 600th grand prix this weekend with a special livery and former drivers Mark Webber and Jenson Button paid tribute to their achievement on Thursday. 'Frank (Williams) and Patrick (Head) are both legends,' Button says. Webber added that Williams was an 'amazing guy', pointing out his commitment to his role despite the disability he suffered in a road accident in 1986. 'Moving forward, obviously Frank's slowly handing over the reins a little bit. Claire (Williams, Frank's daughter) is a super operator, really down to earth and a tough cookie as well, so she's got some of the traits of dad.'"

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    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: Rain clearance rather slow into early afternoon, based on new Met Office analysis. Touch and go by FP2, but improving.

  96. 1031: 

    Thumbs up to the camera from a super relaxed Felipe Massa, reclining in his chair in the Ferrari garage. Just one driver is strapped in his car, helmet on, and that is Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. Of all the races this season, this is the one the Briton is desperate to win.

  97. 1028: 

    Force India development driver James Rossiter, who was supposed to be driving during practice one, but now won't because of the weather, tells BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie: "I'm not now driving because of the rain. What we could learn is minimal. Usually I work during race weekends in the simulator. Of course it's frustrating, but it wasn't meant to be. Hopefully I'll get a chance on another Friday."

  98. 1027: 

    None of the teams are in a particular hurry to get back out on the circuit any time soon. With conditions set to improve over the weekend, there is little to be learned from heading out in the wet, so still very little activity down in the pit lane. BBC Sport reporter Lee McKenzie takes this opportunity to chat to a few of the teams and drivers...

  99.  

    Caterham: Installation laps done on both cars. Lots of standing water on track but no issues with the cars. Time for the usual checks....

  100. 1022: 
    Weather

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto at Silverstone: "I can confirm that it's still raining, but that's not dampened the enthusiasm of the fans in the surrounding campsites. Chris and his family came down from Brentford on Thursday night and are braving the weekend in a tent: 'We've been coming to Silverstone on and off for the last 10 years. We went to Istanbul a couple of years ago for the Turkish GP and it was really hot, and last year we went to Montreal for the Canadian GP. But we keep coming back to Silverstone because it's a great circuit and it's our home race. You can't beat it.'"

  101. 1020: 

    One of the few times I don't envy the drivers and spectators at grand prix races is in conditions such as this. Still very wet out there and it looks to be a steady fall of light rain. Let's check in with Lawrence Barretto and see what exactly it is like out and about at Silverstone...

  102. 1017: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator Allan McNish: "This is an important couple of weeks for Ferrari. They have a car that is significantly better than what they had in 2012 in terms of race performance but in reality they are behind Red Bull. This is a critical stage with this race and then Germany and it's a good time to pick up some crucial points."

  103. 1016: 

    The track falls silent after that brief bit of activity. Fernando Alonso is caught in deep discussion with his Ferrari team. The Spaniard knows all too well how important a good performance is here.

  104. 1013: 

    All bar the Toro Rosso pair of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo have been out for at least a single installation lap.

  105. 1010: 

    A couple of Brits are out now, tentatively testing their cars on the wet surface. Force India's Paul Di Resta gets a couple of laps under his belt, while Max Chilton, making his Silverstone debut of course, has a little recce, quickly followed by Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes.

  106. 1006: 

    Valtteri Bottas heads back into the pits while Esteban Gutierrez decides to make his way on to the circuit, quickly followed by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.

  107.  

    Marussia: Have a few new parts to test this AM - all part of our programme of incremental development steps.

  108. 1002: 

    Valtteri Bottas is among the first of the drivers to pop out on to the circuit and there is a huge spray of water being kicked up by the rear tyres of his Williams. It is very wet out there.

  109. 1000: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The pit lane is open and engines are firing up as first practice is go, go, go!

  110. 1000:  
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst at Silverstone

    "Teams need to make steps here because Red Bull are starting to slip away from the rest of them. The points gap is getting big, for Fernando Alonso and Ferrari and for Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus, they need to pull it back a bit and McLaren just need to improve."

  111. 0958: 
    BBC coverage

    To enhance your free practice following, first practice coverage is under way on BBC Red Button (above, you may have to refresh) and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra to complement my scribblings right here. Mobile users go to your F1 homepage. Second practice coverage is at 13:55 BST on BBC Red Button and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  112.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul Holland: Look for Vergne and Ricciardo to up their game now there's a vacancy at Red Bull. Remember Vettel came from Torro Rosso.

  113. 0954: 

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto at Silverstone: "Mark Webber's announcement that he's leaving Formula 1 at the end of the season has kick-started the rumour mill for the vacant Red Bull seat into action. Daniel Ricciardo, who drives for Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso, admitted that that the Australian's departure has highlighted the need to shine: "I'm hoping there's room, to impress. It's all on me, I need to step up. The last couple of races have not gone well, I hope that starts to change at Silverstone so I can hopefully remind people of my talents."

  114. 0952: 

    Just under 10 minutes until free practice one gets under way. While we wait for the first few cars to rumble on to the circuit, I urge you to have a read of Lewis Hamilton's latest BBC Sport column. In it, the Mercedes man talks about spending the day with the RAF Red Arrows, his love for the British Grand Prix and his close relationship with Nelson Mandela. Trust me, it is a cracker.

  115. 0948: 
    British GP drivers

    So what are we expecting from the British drivers here at Silverstone? There is plenty of representation on the grid with Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Paul di Resta and Max Chilton all featuring but hopes for a home winner are not particularly high.

    Button has kept expectations in check following a poor season with McLaren so far, leaving Hamilton as the most likely candidate to take victory. The 2008 winner is feeling quietly confident too. "It's definitely closer than what I have had for a couple of years," he said earlier this week.

  116.  

    Four-times British Grand Prix winner Nigel Mansell: At Silverstone as one of the F1 stewards this weekend. It's wet now but hoping the drivers will do some laps for the fans.

  117.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Joseph Tolman-Lopez: Kimi Raikkonen to be the next Red Bull driver! It needs to be someone willing to get in Vettel's face and break his stranglehold!

    Chris Baker: Webber was told he would get equal treatment but with Red Bull boss Marko favouring Vettel, will Kimi really want to go there?

    Charleschip: Why not Paul Di resta? Young, got few seasons under his belt and can learn from Vettel

  118.  

    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: Weather update. Dry phase now arriving from west but it's temporary; further intermittent periods of rain into P1.

  119. 0939: 

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto at Silverstone: "The place is buzzing - and that's despite the sun failing to show up. As we drove into the circuit, the pavements were swamped with fans, draped in Union Jack flags, many of whom were making their way in the rain over from the many campsites which surround the Northamptonshire circuit. McLaren's Jenson Button, who will need all the support he can get having never finished higher than fourth in 14 attempts, said: "The British fans are amazing. Through the good times, you expect people to cheer you on, but even on the bad days, they're still there supporting you no matter what the weather."

  120. 0937: 

    For those of you wondering where regular live text commentator Lawrence Barretto is, fear not for he is hugely involved in this weekend's race. We have released him for a few days to be our roving reporter down at Silverstone, chasing up plenty of behind the scenes colour to further enhance our text-based coverage. So for those of you in attendance, watch out for him wandering around...

  121. 0933:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "Fernando Alonso arrives at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix well aware that even after just seven races the title is slipping away from him if he cannot start pegging Sebastian Vettel back. The Spaniard is already 36 points behind Vettel and admits 'we don't have much room to make mistakes to lose any more points. We need to stay calm. If we can finish in front of Sebastian, great, if not we try to finish as close to him as possible, last year at Monza I think I had 40 points or so ahead of Sebastian and it was not enough. And that was Monza. So it is not the ideal position but it's not the end of the world.'"

  122. 0929: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Surprised faces throughout the paddock on Thursday as Fernando Alonso turned up sporting questionable facial hair. While he may well look like an extra from The Three Musketeers, it is very much serious business for the Spaniard at Silverstone, as our man Andrew Benson explains...

  123. 0925: 

    Little bit of bad news coming from Silverstone this morning is that it looks like Britain's James Rossiter won't get to make his Formula 1 weekend debut. With conditions wet at the moment, Force India say their simulator driver will not take part in morning practice as originally planned because his work in the car was dependent on dry conditions.

  124.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Mark Webber

    Right, let's chat racing. What are your best Mark Webber moments in Formula 1? Who do you think should replace him at Red Bull? Given his decent record at Silverstone, can he win here again or will Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso have too much in their lockers? And what about the Brits on the grid? Have your say using the #bbcf1 hashtag on Twitter or by texting 81111 (UK only). Nice one.

  125. 0918: 

    A potentially ingenious decision by Mr Webber then to announce his decision to retire from Formula 1 ahead of the British Grand Prix - a race he has a good track record in. The Australian has won at Silverstone on two previous occasions, in 2010 and last year, and he will undoubtedly be champing at the bit to make it win number three on Sunday.

  126. 0915:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "As fascinating as the news itself was how Webber communicated it. The Australian had flown to Austria on Wednesday to inform Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz in person but did not tell team boss Christian Horner until about 10 minutes before the announcement was due to be made - about the time BBC Sport was breaking the story. There were a lot of people wondering why Webber left it so late to tell Horner - Webber said he 'informed Christian before the announcement, which contractually I should do' - to which no answer was forthcoming. But more interesting than that is why did Mateschitz - who had been kept in the loop by Webber on his thinking for the past few months - not tell him either?"

  127. 0912: 

    So the big news on Thursday was, of course, the announcement that Red Bull's Mark Webber is to retire from Formula 1 racing at the end of the season. The 36-year-old Australian is joining Porsche's new sportscar programme and will compete in the classic Le Mans 24 Hours race for the German manufacturer.

  128.  

    Caterham: Good morning from a drizzly Silverstone, we could expect nothing else with Glasto, Wimbledon and the British GP going on all at once!

  129. 0909: 

    Right then, here is brief rundown of what is to come today. At 10:00 BST we will have the first of two 90-minute practice sessions around the Silverstone circuit. A bit of a break for a cheeky sandwich, or whatever your lunchtime food of choice is, and then back to the circuit for the second session at 14:00.

  130. 0905: 

    Something else typically British is, of course, the weather and I am sad to say it has decided to muscle its way onto my brief list of British stereotypes. Yep, the skies above Silverstone are cloudy and rain is falling. Mercifully it is just light rain and even better news for you race goers, the weekend forecast makes for much nicer reading. Lots of cloud seems to be the order of the day but chances of rain are slim on Saturday and Sunday. Leave the wellies in the tent.

  131. 0901:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    "The British Grand Prix is always a highlight of the season - the drivers love the track, the atmosphere is electric and there's nearly always something going on behind the scenes as well. This year's race is Silverstone in extremis. It feels like a potentially momentous point in the season, with Sebastian Vettel's title rivals Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen both admitting they need to make up ground fast. And the unfolding drama of Mark Webber's decision to leave Formula 1, and how that was communicated, has given everyone plenty to get their teeth into."

  132. 0900: 
    Silverstone F1 circuit

    In south west London, tennis fans munch on strawberries and cream as players clad in white compete at Wimbledon, while on the outskirts of the sleepy Somerset village of Pilton, muddy festival-goers emerge from their tents at Glastonbury in readiness for the sounds of Brit rockers the Rolling Stones.

    But it is the site of an old World War II airfield where our interest lies. A site where dodging sheep on the embryonic race circuit was not uncommon and a site where the modern Formula 1 era was born 63 years ago. This is a weekend so quintessentially British. This is the British Grand Prix.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 61
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 50
3 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 28
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 26
5 Great Britain J Button McLaren 23
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 23
7 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 20
8 Finland V Bottas Williams 18
9 Mexico S Perez Force India 16
10 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 12
11 Brazil F Massa Williams 12
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 7
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 4
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 3
15 France R Grosjean Lotus 0
16 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
17 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
18 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
19 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
20 France J Bianchi Marussia 0
21 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
22 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0

Results

After 0 of 0 laps
Position Driver Team
1 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
3 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
4 Finland V Bottas Williams
5 Mexico S Perez Force India
6 Great Britain J Button McLaren
7 Brazil F Massa Williams
8 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
9 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
10 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
11 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
12 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
14 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
15 France R Grosjean Lotus
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
17 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
18 France J Bianchi Marussia
19 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
20 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
21 Germany A Sutil Sauber
22 Spain F Alonso Ferrari

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