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Silverstone - Friday practice

Increasingly dreadful conditions made the GP2 Friday practice session essentially a washout, with spins, run-offs and red flags the order of the day.
Fully wet and rapidly deteriorating conditions greeted the GP2 field for Friday practice at Silverstone commencing just before noon on a gloomy Friday, meaning that small moments, spins, run-offs and other scares were the order of the day. James Calado and Daniël de Jong were early examples, before Ricardo Teixeria lost the back end of the Rapax out of the final corner and stalled the car to bring out the first brief red flag seven minutes into the session.

At the resumption, Rodolfo Gonzalez beached his Caterham in the gravel on the exit of Chapel and both Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Stefano Coletti had moments exiting Club, but it was a spin by Fabio Onidi out of Aintree that triggered the second appearance of red flags shortly after the midway point of the session. Pit exit reopened with seven minutes to go but track activity was quickly terminated for a third and final time for a spin by Victor Guerin out of the increasingly treacherous corner that left the Ocean Racing car stalled and pointing the wrong direction.

Many drivers either didn't get out or didn't get a chance to run a clean lap. In any case, the drenched conditions made the times irrelevant - as evidenced by Venezuela Lazarus GP's Fabrizio Crestani setting the fastest lap of the session with a 2:23.035s compared with last year's pole position time of 1:58.531s by Jules Bianchi for Lotus ART.

Practice times

1. #18 Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela Lazarus GP 2.23.035s (4 laps)
2. #10 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 2:24.207s + 1.172s (4 laps)
3. #26 Max Chilton Carlin 2:25.228s + 2.193s (3 laps)
4. #9 James Calado Lotus GP 2:25.386s + 2.351s (3 laps)
5. #25 Nigel Melker Ocean Racing 2:25.934s + 2.899s (4 laps)
6. #17 Julian Leal Trident Racing 2:25.952s + 2.917s (5 laps)
7. #4 Felipe Nasr DAMS 2:26.081s + 3.046s (5 laps)
8. #27 Rio Haryanto Carlin 2:26.380s + 3.345s (3 laps)
9. #23 Luiz Razia Arden 2:26.676s + 3.641s (5 laps)
10. #5 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 2:26.900s + 3.865s (4 laps)
11. #1 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax 2:26.595s + 3.924s (3 laps)
12. #7 Marcus Ericsson iSport 2:27.814s + 4.779s (3 laps)
13. #3 Davide Valsecchi DAMS 2:28.704s + 5.669s (5 laps)
14. #6 Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 2:29.220s + 6.185s (3 laps)
15. #8 Jolyon Palmer iSport 2:32.016s + 8.981s (3 laps)
16. #24 Victor Guerin Ocean Racing 2:32.097s + 9.062s (3 laps)
17. #22 Simon Trummer Arden 2:32.598s + 9.563s (4 laps)
18. #21 Daniël de Jong Rapax 2:33.027s + 9.992s (5 laps)
19. #15 Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 2:34.573s + 11.583s (4 laps)
20. #16 Stephane Richelmi Trident Racing 2:35.095s + 12.060s (4 laps)
21. #19 Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela Lazarus GP 2:41.346s + 18.311s (3 laps)
22. #2 Josef Kral Barwa Addax 2:45.872s + 22.837s (3 laps)
23. #14 Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni No time (2 laps)
24. #20 Ricardo Teixeria Rapax No time (1 laps)
25. #12 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing No time (0 laps)
26. #11 Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing No time (0 laps)



Related Pictures

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Fabrizio Crestani (ITA, Venezuela GP Lazarus) in the pits in Jerez during pre-season testing in Spain. March 2012. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Fabrizio Crestani (ITA, Venezuela GP Lazarus) during a very wet Friday practice at Silverstone. July 2012. [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) during practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) during practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) during practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) during practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) during practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), talks with an engineer during practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), in the pit lane during practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) during practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) during practice at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Johnny Cecotto Jr. (VEN) Trident  at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for day 1 of pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Johnny Cecotto (VEN) Trident at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for day 1 of pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
Johnny Cecotto (VEN) Trident at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for day 1 of pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
James Calado (GBR, ART Grand Prix) on track for practice at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 1st November 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
James Calado (GBR , ART Grand Prix) celebrates his victory after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday November 3 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
James Calado (GBR , ART Grand Prix) celebrates his victory after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday November 3 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
James Calado (GBR , ART Grand Prix) celebrates his victory after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday November 3 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)

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