The two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber posted the quickest time in both practice sessions for the British Grand Prix at a windy Silverstone on Friday.
Sebastian Vettel outpaced his team mate in both sessions but the new parts Red Bull have fitted (including a new front wing and nose) were obviously working well.
Mark Webber’s second session was cut short when he hit the curb and lost all electrical power:
Its been a pretty good day for us; weve tried a few new bits here, which seem to be going pretty well. Weve tried both sets of tyres and need to go through all the data tonight. My second session ended a little early as I hit a kerb on Turn five, which caused the cars electronics to stop.
In the first session, the two Brawn GP cars were 3rd and 4th fastest but, surprisingly, it was Force India’s Adrian Sutil who went 3rd fastest in the second session.
As Silverstone is such a light braking circuit, it can be hard to harvest enough energy to make KERS worthwhile so McLaren chose to run different strategies for their drivers in practice. Heikki Kovalainen continued to use KERS while Lewis Hamilton ran without the device as Norbert Haug explains:
Lewis today drove without KERS because Silverstone is a circuit where you do not brake too often: you get less of a benefit from the system here than you would on heavy-braking circuits. By way of comparison, Heikki used the system today and our specialists will analyse todays results and decide whether we choose to continue using the system on his car for the rest of the weekend.
It will be interesting to see what they choose to do on Saturday as Kovalainen felt he could still make use of KERS:
Its still difficult to say whether its an advantage to be running KERS, but I felt I was getting a laptime benefit from the system.
Morning showers are predicted for Saturday but it should be dry by the time qualifying gets underway.
Here are the times from the first two practice sessions:
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:19.400|
|2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:19.682|
|10||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India-Mercedes||1:20.838|
|11||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:20.913|
|13||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:21.103|
|15||Sebastien Bourdais||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:21.384|
|18||Nelson Piquet Jr||Renault||1:21.525|
|19||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:21.590|
|20||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:21.801|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:19.456|
|2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:19.597|
|3||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:20.141|
|10||Nelson Piquet Jr||Renault||1:20.608|
|11||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:20.622|
|15||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:20.932|
|16||Sebastien Bourdais||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:20.945|
|19||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India-Mercedes||1:21.413|
|20||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:21.668|