Fernando Alonso has said there was no point doing much running today given the wet and rainy conditions at Silverstone.
The Spaniard didn't even set a time in P1, instead opting for just four out laps. While he did do more running in P2, and posted the tenth best time, he proved his own point on his final in-lap when he lost control of his Ferrari F2012 at Stowe and knocked off the front wing.
“There's very little I can say this afternoon, or at least even less than usual for a Friday. We did very few laps because of the rain and the fact that, with the number of sets of rain tyres limited by the regulations, there was no sense in doing more running,” he said in the countdown to Sunday's F1 2012 British GP.
“Rather, it was better to save tyres, given that the forecast is definitely not encouraging, as it is meant to rain all weekend.
“In other circumstances, if the rest of the weekend was meant to be dry maybe, then we could have done more running, but in these conditions, as I said, that really wasn't the case. In the wet, the car seems okay, but it's practically impossible to say where we are compared to the others.”
Ferrari technical director Pat Fry meanwhile added that they couldn't do laps 'just for the sake of it', although he did express his sympathy for the fans.
“Let's say that today it would have been more interesting to compare tortellini with tagliatelle – or maybe Parma ham and Jamon Serrano, rather than spending three hours on the pit wall not even managing to complete a dozen timed laps!” he continued.
“Joking apart, honestly it wasn't worth doing much running, because the number of sets of rain tyre per driver is very limited and also because we did not want to risk the cars in such difficult track conditions, with so much surface water.
“So the real off key moment of the day was Fernando's off track excursion right on his “in” lap at the end of FP2, which resulted in a broken front wing: now we will try and repair it for the rest of the weekend. We feel very sorry for the many spectators in the grandstands: unfortunately, this was the reality of the situation and we could not do many laps just for the sake of it.
“We had a few updates, nothing revolutionary, to try but obviously, we could not do much in these conditions.”