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. 

Race Preview

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is the ninth round of the 2012 Formula One World Championship. This race is steeped in F1 history, Silverstone having hosted the inaugural F1 World Championship round at the beginning of the 1950 season. The British Grand Prix is one of only two races ever-present on the F1 calendar. It has also been held at Aintree and Brands Hatch but  Silverstone leads the way, staging the GP 45 times.

Alonso Reigns in Spain

Fernando Alonso won a compelling European Grand Prix, thrilling a partisan crowd in Valencia.
Having qualified in 11th, the Ferrari driver confidently stated last night that a podium finish was out of the question. But good luck and even better driving saw him mount the top step, having been largely unchallenged in the last quarter of the race. 

Vettel takes third Valencia pole

Sebastian Vettel scored his third consecutive European Grand Prix pole position with a superb last-ditch lap at the Valencia street circuit. Lewis Hamilton will line up alongside the champion on the front row, with Pastor Maldonado third for Williams.

Button on top in final free practice

Jenson Button topped the timesheets in the final free practice session ahead of qualifying in Valencia but Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber will head into the grid shoot-out minus an hour’s set-up work after problems with his car.

Vettel on top in FP2

Red Bull Racing World Champion Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the second free practice session in Valencia.
Vettel managed a time of 1: 39.334 with half an hour of the session remaining, having just switched to running on the softer of the two available tyre compounds. Vettel’s fastest lap came shortly after the debris of an earlier crash had been cleared: Pedro de la Rosa ended up in the barriers at Turn 14 – his HRT appeared to understeer on the exit and drive straight into the wall. 

Maldonado leads the way

Williams once again looked good in Spain as Pastor Maldonado went fastest in European Grand Prix FP1.
Maldonado has a reputation as a street track specialist and has won on the Valencia Street Circuit in GP2. He looked very assured in this morning’s first practice session and went to the top of the timesheet at around the 50 minute mark.