Daniel Ricciardo of Toro Rosso and Nico Rosberg of Mercedes were quickest in Practice sessions 1 and 2, respectively on Friday under wet and rainy conditions heading into the weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
According to the FIA, Ricciardo clocked a lap time of 1:54.249, set in the final minute of FP1. Rosberg posted a lap time of 1:32.248 shortly after the halfway point in FP2.
Red Bull team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber posted their best times in the second practice session of 1:32.680 and 1:32.547 respectively. Webber, who just announced on Thursday that he will leave Formula 1 at the end of the 2013 season to drive for Porsche in sports cars, took second best time to Rosberg in FP2 with Vettel behind Webber in third.
The reigning world champion, Vettel had this to say about Friday’s practice, according to Red Bull:
“I think overall we can be pretty happy, it was a good day. Obviously it was important to get some laps in the dry as we expect dry conditions on Sunday. Now we need to have a look at what we can improve, have a look what the others did and then we’ll know a little bit more for tomorrow. Today we tried to do both short and long runs. For FP3 tomorrow, we need to decide if we go for short runs, to prepare for qualifying, or long runs trying to look more at the race set up.”
Meanwhile, Webber, who won the British Grand Prix in 2012, had these comments:
“We tried to do as much as we could in 90 minutes; we put both compounds on and did different fuel loads as well, so it was quite a demanding session for the team. In the end we got what we could out of it. I think that both Seb and I ran different compounds and got the information we need for the race. Today we did a snapshot of work for tomorrow, but mostly the focus was for Sunday. I think the race will be quite tight, to be honest I don’t think there’s anyone charging away.”
If Webber is correct, Formula 1 fans have a good race to look forward to on Sunday. When can American fans watch the action on their televisions? Here is the TV schedule, according to NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). All times are Eastern, and live events are denoted with an *:
Sunday, June 30, 2013:
*7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. British Grand Prix (LIVE) — CNBC
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. British Grand Prix — (rebroadcast) NBCSN
Going into the British Grand Prix, the top points for the season’s drivers and constructors championships line up this way:
Sebastian Vettel = 132
Fernando Alonso = 96
Kimi Raikkonen = 88
Red Bull = 201
Ferrari = 145
Mercedes = 134
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. is a Formula 1 and historic/vintage racing enthusiast. She has written several books on different subjects and is currently researching a book on racers and racing with a historic racer from upstate New York. Check out her blog, Motor Sport Muse.