British Grand Prix 2012: Lotus’ Romain Grosjean sets early pace
Lotus’ Romain Grosjean is quickest in a rain-affected first practice session for Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone
Lotus’ Romain Grosjean topped the timesheets in the first practice session at a sodden Silverstone circuit ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
The Frenchman set the pace just before the weather worsened, with a time of 1:56.552.
Eighty-thousand fans watched as the bad weather turned practice 1 into a washout. The drivers edged round a soaking-wet Silverstone circuit, as lap times were over 20 seconds off the usual dry-weather pace.
Only nine drivers did 10 laps or more and championship leader Fernando Alonso was one of three not to set a time in first practice.
British Grand Prix 2012: First Practice times
1 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus F1 Team 1:56.552
2 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Scuderia Toro Rosso (+0.275)
3 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren (+0.622)
4 Sergio Perez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari (+1.112)
5 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari (+1.567)
6 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull (+1.911)
7 Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Sauber-Ferrari (+1.931)
8 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes GP (+1.941)
9 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP (+2.390)
10 Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso (+2.524)
11 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull (+2.862)
12 Vitaly Petrov (Rus) Caterham (+3.062)
13 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) William Renault (+3.181)
14 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Caterham (+3.235)
15 Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams (+3.573)
16 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus F1 Team (+3.701)
17 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren (+5.282)
18 Timo Glock (Ger) Marussia (+5.283)
19 Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) HRT-F1 (+7.789)
20 Daniel Clos (Spa) HRT Cosworth (+8.470)
21 Charles Pic (Fra) Marussia (+15.208)
Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari
Paul di Resta (Gbr) Force India
Jules Bianchi (Fra) Force India
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