Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says his Friday running went to plan as he headed up the 'best of the rest' in free practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Spaniard was third quickest behind the dominant Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in both FP1 and FP2 as he focused on establishing a base set-up for the race weekend.

Though the prospect of rain on Saturday leads Alonso to believe Friday's running could play a greater role on race day, he is pleased with the progress made.

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"This Friday was much like any other and we followed our programme, testing some components and working on set-up in the morning, while evaluating both tyre compounds in the afternoon, looking at the Medium with both qualifying and the race in mind.

"There were no problems with wear or graining on the softer compound, while in order to correctly evaluate the Hard, we will have to wait for a long run test. For now, I can say it's hard to get them up to temperature.

"Now, as usual, we must analyse everything to understand which components to use tomorrow, although if as predicted, it rains tomorrow, then in reality the data we got today will be more useful for the race. Here, there's always a strong wind and in some corners it's a help, while in others it's a hindrance, but it's the same for everyone. Now, all we can do is wait and see how things turn out."

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It is just a perfect example on how good a driver really is without the best equiptment, they can make do with what they have and get the most results out of all the difficulty.