Ferrari number two Felipe Massa took top spot in second practice this afternoon for this weekend's F1 2011 British Grand Prix, although it was again the rain that made the headlines.

Indeed while the opening session was disrupted by showers, FP2 verged on a complete washout. Halfway through no times had been set and with conditions so bad, only four drivers' even bothered to venture out for installation laps.

It wasn't until just passed the 50 minute marker than Jaime Alguersuari posted the first time in his Toro Rosso.

Going into the final 30 minutes less than half the field had a time on the board and while there was a late flurry of activity, the home crowd had to wait until practically the end before the McLaren's of local stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button opted to leave the pits, eventually ending up fourth and fifth on the timesheets.

For the record, Nico Rosberg was second quickest in his Mercedes, 0.777 seconds slower than Massa, followed by Kamui Kobayashi in third, recovering well after his crash in the opening session.

Further back Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta came in sixth and seventh for Force India, followed by Rubens Barrichello, Sergio Perez and Sebastien Buemi in positions 8 through to 10.

Vitaly Petrov and Michael Schumacher were eleventh and twelfth, with Heikki Kovalainen making the most of the conditions and putting his Team Lotus up in 13th, one spot ahead of Mark Webber, who set the pace this morning and who ended the day quickest on the combined times - as no-one could improve in FP2.

Of the rest, noticeably, Fernando Alonso was 15th in his Ferrari, runway championship leader, Sebastian Vettel was 18th - and only did 4 laps, the least of any one runner - while newbie Daniel Ricciardo and Vitantonio Liuzzi brought up the rear for Hispania, the former two tenths quicker than his much more experienced team-mate.

To see the full times from F1 2011 British Grand Prix - Free Practice 2 at Silverstone: CLICK HERE