Massa Leads the Field in the second Practice at Silverstone

A Wet track deters the big players from pushing their lap times.

8 July 2011

Heavy rains set in over Silverstone moments before the second practice was due to start.

This left a lot of teams pottering around in the pits and not getting anything much useful done. A couple of midfield teams went out onto the track to do some initial testing, perhaps for new parts now that the off-throttle diffuser ban has taken effect. Other than that we didn’t really get to see much action for a while and the British racing fans sitting around getting wet must’ve been questioned why they even bothered turning up. Finally the rains cleared up and the track begun drying, ever so slowly in the gloomy weather. Jamie Alguersuari was brave enough to push for a flying lap and instantly took the fastest lap of the session repeatedly trading spots with fellow teammate Buemi and Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher. Not until the end of the session did we see some real attempts made, still on wet and intermediate tyres but non-the-less some good tries. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa ended with the fastest lap and has said he feels good about how the Ferrari is handling the conditions and that he hopes the weather will continue to be wet and gloomy in the hopes of out-doing Red Bull and McLaren.