Alonso grabs pole in rain-hit qualifying

Fernando Alonso claimed his 22nd career pole position in a rain-disrupted qualifying session for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
After an uneventful first segment, during which the only excitement was Michael Schumacher’s need to put in a last-gasp flyer to scrape through to Q2 at the expense of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, the second session was enlivened by torrential rain.

Alonso on top in FP3

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished FP3 on top of the timesheet, narrowly ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

Maldonado tops wet FP2

Pastor Maldonado topped the timesheets in the second free practice session at Hockenheim, largely by virtue of taking to the track at the right time in a session disrupted by rain.
Maldonado’s lap of 1:27.476 was scored on intermediate tyres in the second half of the session as early rain gave way to an emerging dry line. As the times tumbled, the Venezuelan recorded his lap just a few minutes before another rain shower hit the circuit. 

Button top in FP1

McLaren’s Jenson Button made best use of changeable conditions to finish FP1 half a second ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Button set his time of 1:16.595 in the first half-hour of running, with the session subsequently interrupted by intermittent showers. The track never got sufficiently wet to impede running and, while most drivers improved their times subsequently, Button’s earlier time was never challenged. 

Race Preview

As the 2012 Formula One season hits its mid-point, round 10 of the championships sees the teams head for the German Grand Prix and the Hockenheimring, which returns to the calendar after its now traditional 
year off.
It’s been 10 years since a redesign saw the circuit change from a flat-out blast down two massive linked straights to a circuit offering perhaps a more complex challenge, although possibly a less viscerally exciting one. 

Webber wins British Grand Prix

Mark Webber won a strategic British Grand Prix with a finely judged race that saw him take the lead in the last five laps.

Alonso on pole for British GP

Fernando Alonso claimed third British Grand Prix pole position as he beat out Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber with a last-ditch flying lap in a rain-hit qualifying session at Silverstone.

Alonso fastest in final practice

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in FP3, the first dry running of the weekend.

Hamilton fastest in FP2

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton went fastest in the rain-affected FP2 session.
With the bad weather continuing from the morning, Hamilton’s time of 1m56.345s was just two-tenths quicker than Romain Grosjean’s pacesetting time in the equally wet morning session.

Grosjean tops wet first practice

Romain Grosjean went quickest for Lotus as heavy rain caused a wash-out in first practice for the British Grand Prix.
With rain falling across Silverstone at the start of the session, most teams opted to limit their running and by the close of the session Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi proved to be the busiest driver recording 19 laps of the circuit. Jules Bianchi, meanwhile, was permitted a single installation lap by Force India before spending the rest of the session in the garage.