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British Grand Prix: Ricciardo heads FP1 washout

Daniel Ricciardo leads the way in the opening practice session for the British Grand Prix, with wet weather hitting Silverstone and just eleven drivers posting timed laps
Daniel Ricciardo topped the times in the opening free practice session ahead of the British Grand Prix, with poor weather conditions meaning just eleven drivers posted times during the 90 minute session.

With the rain not expected to continue into the race weekend, teams elected not to head out on circuit to risk any potential incidents with only limited value from any time spent on track.

As such, most of the session was spent with cars in the garage as drivers elected to head out for sighter laps before returning to the pits without posting a time.

It was only in the final quarter of an hour that any times were set, with Ricciardo the first man to elect to stay on circuit to complete a 'fast' lap; albeit only stopping the clocks in a time of over two minutes.

The Toro Rosso man would ultimately lower his benchmark time on his final run to 1min 54.249secs to outpace the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg, with Pastor Maldonado in third for Williams.

Ricciardo was the only driver to get into double figures in the session, completing ten laps.

The challenging conditions saw a number of drivers suffer scares on track as they hit standing water, although Charles Pic was the only one to suffer any damage when he went off into the barriers on the exit of the final corner.

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen was the only person not to go out on track at all, spending the entire session watching on from the pits.

Team-mate Romain Grosjean, Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Sergio Perez all completed just a single lap.

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June 28, 2013 3:36 PM

Just hope it rains and pours on race day (Sunday), then the drivers will have to go out and do what they are paid for. Would add to the spectacle too of course, i.e any driver could win!

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