British GP practice as it happened

Text and video highlights of second practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where Lewis Hamilton is fastest.

4 July 2014 Last updated at 09:34

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  1. 15:46: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finished on top of the pile, but it'll be his team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg who is the happier of the two Mercedes drivers.

    Hamilton will have work to do to make up the time lost following an oil pressure problem. Can he recover? Join me tomorrow at 09:30 BST for third practice followed by qualifying. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 15:44: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's second practice report. We'll have highlights of that session up on the website later today, along with all the news and reaction from the Silverstone paddock.

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    Ashley Wilkinson: Another breakdown for Lewis while Nico remains unaffected. I don't believe conspiracy theories but Lewis's luck is getting ridiculous

  4. 15:42: 

    "I'm not frustrated," says Lewis Hamilton, after missing 30 minutes of that session. "It just happened. I just don't know why it keeps happening to my car so much."

  5. 15:39: 

    Williams development driver Susie Wolff, who managed just one lap on her first practice debut this morning because of an engine problem, talking to Jennie Gow: "Obviously I'm massively disappointed after so much hard work went into it, but let's look at the positives and look ahead to Hockenheim.

    "My head's already in Hockenheim - Silverstone is finished. Nine o'clock on Monday morning it starts for me again with fitness training and the simulator.

    "It's fantastic support, I'm incredibly lucky - thanks to everyone for the great support, it's just a shame I couldn't show what I could really do on track."

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Allan McNish

    "Lewis Hamilton has not had the best prep today, stopping when he was just about to do his long run. However, Mercedes has eighth tenths of second over the rest, which is headed up by Fernando Alonso. Ferrari should be better, even in qualifying pace. We shouldn't discount Red Bull. One team I'm surprised about is McLaren. For them to be seventh and eighth is a pretty good day."

  7. 15:36: 

    Lewis Hamilton managed just 14 laps in that session while his team-mate Nico Rosberg clocked up 35. Only Daniel Ricciardo and Jules Bianchi completed less laps (11 apiece).

  8. 15:33: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Alonso 4) Ricciardo 5) Vettel 6) Bottas 7) Button 8) Magnussen 9) Raikkonen 10) Vergne

    11) Massa 12) Kvyat 13) Gutierrez 14) Maldonado 15) Grosjean 16) Perez

    17) Hulkenberg 18) Sutil 19) Bianchi 20) Kobayashi 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson

  9. 15:30: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in second practice for the British Grand Prix.

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    Ben Wier: Rain expected this weekend at Silverstone, particularly in quali. Hopefully shake up the grid and make for an entertaining race.

    Sean Harrison: Think Lewis needs to get his mechanics to start picking bits out of Rosberg's parts bin.

  11. 15:27: 
    Fernando Alonso

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish thinks Fernando Alonso is edging it as the best of the rest behind the two Mercedes with the two Red Bulls the next closest.

  12. 15:25: 

    Bizarrely. there's a little explosion underneath the engine cover of Valtteri Bottas' Williams, which blows a hole in the casing. The Finn retreats to the pits so that the team can remedy the situation.

    "I don't think I've ever seen that before in Formula 1," says BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen.

  13. 15:22: 

    We're hearing that Lewis Hamilton stopped out on track because of a loss of oil pressure.

  14. 15:18: 

    Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne has had terrible luck this season with five retirements in eight races. That bad luck looks set to continue as he pulls off the track with a loose front left tyre.

    McLaren F1 Team

    McLaren: The pit lane at Silverstone is below ground - check out the stairs back up! #BritishGP

  16. 15:15: 

    Marcus Ericsson has rolled to a stop in the old pit lane down near Copse, the Swede unable to get his stricken Caterham back to the main pit complex. It's not been a great day for the 23-year-old, who spun out of first practice and missed a bunch of track time.

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    Dharam Patel: These 'setbacks' for Lewis are heart wrenching! Is this a repeat of the issues that were firing between Webber and Vettel?

    Ian Emery: Beginning to think the Mercedes' "Nico and Lewis are equal" statement is the same as Red Bull's "Vettel and Webber are equal".

  18. 15:11: 

    Lewis Hamilton waves to some old McLaren colleagues as he reaches the paddock and passes his old team's motorhome on the way to the Mercedes garage.

  19. 15:09: 

    The times are likely to stay the same for the rest of the session because drivers are focused on long runs. This is to test how the car are tyres behave when you put in a series of successive laps, much like the stints between the pit stops during the race.

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    David Banks: Oh come on Mercedes. Hamilton again? Can't help but think of Red Bull and Webber last season.

    Scarlett Shaw: Think @LewisHamilton needs to borrow @FinallyMario's 'Why always me?' Tee.

  21. 15:07: 

    It's obviously not the ideal scenario for Lewis Hamilton, losing the best part of 30 minutes of track time following a mechanical issue. The Brit will miss out on valuable long-run, race-specific data.

    However, he's been quick up until this point, he will have one more hour of practice tomorrow morning and he'll have access to team-mate Nico Rosberg's data, too, so it's not the end of the world.

  22. 15:03: 

    Lewis Hamilton chats with a marshal as he strolls back to the garage, leaving his Mercedes parked at the side of the circuit. There are 27 minutes still to go.

  23. 15:02: 

    "We need the data, so it's not at all satisfying to see that," says co-team boss Toto Wolff having watched his driver Lewis Hamilton grind to a halt.

  24. 15:00: 

    Lewis Hamilton: "Engine stopped, says 'engine kill, no shifting.'"

  25. 14:59: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has stopped out on circuit.

  26. 14:58: 

    Red Bull have got the gaffer tape out and are taping the tray on the floor of Sebastian Vettel's car. It's not pretty on the eyes but it will do until the job until the end of the session when they can work on a more aesthetically pleasing solution.

  27. 14:56: 

    Jenson Button goes seventh quickest, a few thousandths quicker than McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen. Felipe Massa is starting to catch up in terms of laps after he missed the first part of the session. He's 11th overall after 13 laps but he's 2.1 seconds off the pace.

  28. 14:52: 

    Mercedes are running comfortably at the front, as expected, with Fernando Alonso three quarters of a second off the pace set by Lewis Hamilton.

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    Neil Davey: Most cars going well wide especially on the exit of Club. Is this going to be acceptable in quali/race? Hoping Williams can recover!

    Louise Latham: Is it too much to hope a little bit of luck, as well as all that skill, can make things go @LewisHamilton's way?

  30. 14:48: 

    The gusty wind is causing a lot of problems for drivers all around the track but particularly at Stowe corner where the car becomes quite unstable, which makes it hard for them to hit the apex of the corner.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo are under investigation for overtaking under red flags in P1.

  32. 14:44: 

    Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:34.508, 0.228 seconds quicker than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton made a couple of mistakes in the first sector so there's more to come from the 2008 world champion.

  33. 14:40: 
    Susie Wolff

    In case you haven't seen them already, here's the eventful first practice video highlights, including Williams' nightmare session.

  34. 14:37: 

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have headed out on the medium tyres. Who will come out on top?

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    Louise Latham: Well done @Susie_Wolff. Great to see female F1 driver out on track... such a shame car trouble cut it short, look forward to Germany.

  36. 14:35: 

    Lotus' Romain Grosjean takes a trip through the gravel trap at Luffield after the car snaps as he gets on the power. He recovers and is told to return to the pits by his team.

    Felipe Massa

    Williams: Felipe thanked the guys for their hard work on the radio before heading out - really was an impressive turnaround #FP2

  38. 14:29: 

    Lewis Hamilton is still quickest with Daniel Ricciardo popping into second with a good effort, just 0.087 seconds off the pace. Nico Rosberg is third, with Fernando Alonso fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth.

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    Charlotte Bowe: Last year's British grand prix weekend was defined by Pirelli's underperformance - will that memory be in Hamilton's head on Sunday? #bbcf1

  40. 14:24: 

    Romain Grosjean reports that his Lotus is "really, really bad". His engineer replies: "So is the car inconsistent under braking?". "No, everywhere," says Grosjean. The Frenchman is currently 13th fastest.

  41. 14:20: 

    Lewis Hamilton goes quickest, edging his team-mate Nico Rosberg by two tenths of a second. Fernando Alonso is third, a further half a second back, with Kevin Magnussen fourth and Valtteri Bottas fifth. There's one hour and 20 minutes remaining.

  42. 14:19: 

    Super job from the Williams mechanics who have repaired Felipe Massa's damaged car. The Brazilian has just climbed into the cockpit and should be out shortly.

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    Simon: Poor Susie. Hoped she would have a good FP1. Stick her in instead of Massa in FP2 more chance of the car coming back in 1 piece :)

    Marco Soccio: Feel for Susie Wolff. So unlucky.

  44. 14:16: 

    Fernando Alonso goes quickest with a 1:36,024, two tenths quicker than Nico Rosberg, with Lewis Hamilton a further half a second back in third.

  45. 14:14: 
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    Felipe Massa

    Williams: Felipe is in the garage while the boys continue working after his earlier crash and hopes to be on track soon #FP2

  47. 14:11: 

    Force India's Nico Hulkenberg says the car is struggling a lot with understeer because of the windy conditions. The German has yet to set a timed lap with 11 minutes gone of the session.

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    John McEnerney: Ferrari holding it together well but for how long! Alonso is going to give it welly hoping the car doesn't act up! For Merc business as usual.


    Marussia's Max Chilton: "It's getting really hot on the right hand side of the cockpit."

  50. 14:07: 

    While Valtteri Bottas clocks up the laps, his Williams team-mate Felipe Massa is sat on the pit wall while his team work hard to fix his car, following his crash this morning.

    Meanwhile, out on track, McLaren's Jenson Button goes fastest with a 1:37.608, 0.165 seconds quicker than Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "Former F1 driver Paul Di Resta is here, and he says his visit is business not pleasure. The Scot, who raced for Force India from 2011-13, says he is determined to get back into F1 after taking refuge in the DTM German touring car championship. 'I do miss it,' he said.

    "'I'm even more dedicated to getting back in than I was getting in in the first place. I'm in a position where I can be quite relaxed. I'm enjoying my DTM racing but I'm exploring opportunities in F1. That's where my heart lies and I'll continue to keep working.' The word is he has a chance of becoming Mercedes' reserve driver, but nothing has been confirmed on that front yet."

  52. 14:04: 

    Valtteri Bottas is out on track nice and early. He will be keen to get lots of laps under his belt after the team didn't get any data from first practice.

    Wolff, driving Bottas' car, had an engine issue while team-mate Felipe Massa stuck the car in the barriers - interestingly at the same place where he crashed in practice last year.

  53. 14:02: 

    Not good news for Sebastian Vettel. The car has a brakes issue. Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who is stood at the front of the car inspecting the work, says it will be at least 10 minutes until the four-time world champion gets out on track.

  54. 14:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Second practice for the British Grand Prix is go, go, go at a very gusty Silverstone. The track is built on a former airfield, so it's no real surprise.

  55. 13:57: 
    50 British Grands Prix at Silverstone- Memories: 2003
    British Grand Prix

    Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello claimed his first win of 2003 in an incident-packed British Grand Prix which was enlivened by an intruder on the track.

    The Brazilian led home Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who passed McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen with 12 laps to go after the Finn made an error.

    However, one of the most memorable moments of that race was when a man dressed in a green kilt ran on to Hangar Straight, the fastest part of the Silverstone circuit, on lap 12, forcing race officials to bring out the safety car until he was removed.

    Lotus F1 Team

    Lotus F1 Team: After a busy lunchtime there's a new Power Unit ensemble bolted to the back of @Pastormaldo's E22. Bring on #FP2

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone
    Susie Wolff leaves her stricken Williams

    "Susie Wolff is in good spirits despite what she admits is the 'massive disappointment' of suffering an engine failure after just one flying lap of her run in first practice here. The Williams development driver said: 'The initial feeling was really good. The wind was strong. Even on the out lap I was thinking: "I can do this." I had two more to go for it, but that's racing.'

    "The engine failure was terminal - it was a high mileage unit and Williams needed to use if because a problem for Valtteri Bottas earlier in the season means he is short of engines. Wolff says she is now focusing on her next outing at the German Grand Prix in two weeks' time. 'Hockenheim is a track I know well and I want to use that opportunity to show what I can do - actions speak louder than words.'"

  58. 13:52: 
    Susie Wolff

    Susie Wolff turned instructor earlier this week as she gave Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood a lesson on how to drive a lap of Silverstone. You can watch how he got on via the BBC iPlayer. Fast forward to 19 minutes and 30 seconds in.

  59. 13:48: 

    James Allen and Allan McNish are going through their final run-through in the commentary box ahead of their broadcast. Lee McKenzie is fronting the coverage, which starts at 13:55 BST on the Red Button.

  60. 13:44: 
    50 British Grands prix at Silverstone- Memories: 1987
    1987 British Grand Prix

    The intense rivalry between Williams team-mates Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet was well known and their desire to beat each other was clear to see at the 1987 British Grand Prix.

    Mansell trailed Piquet by 28 seconds with 30 laps remaining but he pulled off a number of superb laps to eat into the Brazilian's advantage.

    Mansell sold Piquet a dummy going into Stowe corner and snuck inside to take the lead with six laps remaining, before going on to clinch victory in front of his home fans.

  61. 13:42: 
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    Lewis Hamilton in a vintage Mercedes car

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "It's a lovely day here at Silverstone, warm with patches of blue peaking out from white clouds, but the ever-present wind is very strong, which is making life tough for the drivers through the fast corners of Copse, Becketts, Stowe and Abbey.

    "The second practice session is always the most revealing of the weekend before qualifying - the teams go for qualifying runs about halfway through before spending the last part of the session running with race fuel loads. These runs can tell those who know what to look for about race form. Lewis Hamilton seemed some way off Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg this morning, so will be looking for an improvement in the next 90 minutes."

  63. 13:37: 
    David Coulthard and Lewis Hamilton

    For a special feature, which will air this weekend on the BBC ahead of the British Grand Prix, Britain's Lewis Hamilton raced David Coulthard on a local go-kart track before surprising children from his former primary school when he unveiled himself as the mystery go-karting driver.

  64. 13:34: 
    Toro Rosso

    Hello and welcome back! I've got second practice for the British Grand Prix coming up for you shortly. It's another 90-minute session for you to get your teeth into.

    Rain is predicted for later in the weekend for but for now, it's a sunny, if a bit windy, day at Silverstone.

  65. 13:30: 
    Susie Wolff (centre) discusses her car's problems with Williams technicians

    It didn't go to plan for Susie Wolff as she became the first woman in 22 years to take part in a grand prix weekend. The 31-year-old Scot managed just one timed lap before her Williams rolled to a stop with engine trouble. But all is not lost. She'll get another go in first practice at the German Grand Prix, later this month.

  66. 11:45: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Advantage Nico Rosberg as the German beats his team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the top of the times. Is the Briton keeping his powder dry for when it matters?

    We'll have a better idea of the state of play after the second practice session of the day. That starts at 14:00 BST and I'll be back from 13:30. See you in a bit.

  67. 11:40: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's developing report. Watch the moment Susie Wolff's session ground to a halt here. And hear the 31-year-old's thoughts when she speaks to Lee McKenzie.

    And in what has been a busy morning for our multimedia team, here's Felipe Massa's crash, that brought out the red flags.

  68. 11:36: 
    Susie Wolff

    So Susie Wolff's historic appearance at the British Grand Prix ended after just one timed lap in a difficult first session for her Williams team.

    She became the first woman to take part in a grand prix weekend in 22 years but her cars stopped on the second lap of her first run. Minutes later, team-mate Felipe Massa lost control at Stowe and hit the wall.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "Lotus have had a difficult three races since Spain, with poor performances in Monaco, Canada and Austria. But the team have hope that this weekend will mark an upturn in form. The car is weak in slow corners, but strong in the sort of fast ones that abound at Silverstone - as it proved in Spain, where Romain Grosjean qualified fifth on merit.

    "'The car isn't as good as last year but it's not as bad as it looks,' Grosjean said. 'That's no lie. We are struggling with a lack of power from the engine, which explains a bit of the lost performance, but on the other hand Red Bull and Toro Rosso have the same power unit and we need to try to beat them. When every box is ticked we can go P5 in Barcelona and it is not coming out of the blue, so on paper the base is there but we struggle to put everything together.'

    "Lotus are expected to switch to Mercedes engines next season, so in theory the power question will be removed in 2015."

  70. 11:33: 

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Alonso 4) Ricciardo 5) Raikkonen 6) Vettel 7) Button 8) Kvyat 9) Vergne 10) Magnussen

    11) Perez 12) Grosjean 13) Gutierrez 14) Juncadella 15) Van der Garde 16) Bianchi

    17) Massa 18) Chilton 19) Ericsson 20) Frijns 21) Wolff 22) Maldonado

  71. 11:30: 

    Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in first practice for the British Grand Prix.

  72. 11:28: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has a moment, running wide at Copse and kicking up the dust. But he keeps his foot on the gas and rejoins the track, dragging a bit of dirt with him.

  73. 11:27: 

    All but three cars are out on track at the look to make the most of the closing minutes of this session. The order remains the same with Nico Rosberg leading, ahead Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "One of the most common questions during Thursday's media day was about the Italian Grand Prix's future after Bernie Ecclestone was quoted earlier this week saying it was 'bye-bye after 2016' because he 'doesn't think we'll do another contract, as the old one has been disastrous from a commercial point of view'.

    "Cue lots of questions to drivers about whether losing Monza would be bad for the sport. Unsurprisingly, they nearly all said 'yes', with the best quotes coming from Kimi Raikkonen, who said F1 would be 'very stupid' to lose Monza.

    "The thing is, the chances of that happening are as good as zero. Everyone knows Ecclestone is sabre-rattling at the start of negotiations over a new deal, trying to get as much money as he can. F1 is about as likely to leave Italy, the home race of its most important team, as Ecclestone is stop trying to screw every last cent out of every deal he makes."

  75. 11:22: 

    It's very busy in the Williams garage. On one side, mechanics are working on Felipe Massa's chassis, which has front and rear damage following his crash. On the other side, they're looking at the engine on the car Susie Wolff used as they battle to fix it in time for second practice so that Valtteri Bottas can get out.

  76. 11:18: 

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo: "I think we're going to hurt the gearbox."

    Expect the Australian, who won his first race in Canada earlier this month, to head for the pits shortly. He's currently fourth fastest, 1.2 seconds off the pace.


    Mercedes: Drivers often light up the rears in the pit box during practice to give them extra grip in the stops.

  78. 11:16: 

    Former F1 driver Paul Di Resta, who is racing in German Touring Cars this season: "It's difficult to be here in a different capacity, but it's great to be back. It's a very special race and I'm missing being involved but I'm back in the paddock seeing what opportunities there are in Formula 1. You need to be in a position and keep your face in front of the people that matter."

  79. 11:13: 

    Nico Rosberg continues to lead the way with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton seven tenths off the pace. Fernando Alonso is third, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth and Kimi Raikkonen fifth. Seventeen minutes remaining.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "Who will win the fight behind Mercedes, and how close will they be to the dominant Mercedes cars? That is one of the questions ahead of every grand prix weekend. Logic suggests that Red Bull, despite their poor performance at home in Austria last time out, will bounce back and both Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso believe that will be the case.

    "In theory, Ferrari should also be better able to cope with the power of the Mercedes-engined cars as one of the F14 T's strong points is its performance in high-speed corners. And BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish, for one, believes Ferrari will be up there just behind Red Bull. But Alonso did not sound so sure, predicting that Williams will also 'be strong' and that Ferrari still have a lot of concerns with the other two Mercedes teams snapping at their heels in the constructors' championship - Force India and McLaren."

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    Bryan Kelly: Such a shame for @Susie_Wolff Well done though and we'll see you again in Germany #bbcf1

  82. 11:10: 
    Susie Wolff interview
    Susie Wolff

    Susie Wolff talking to Lee McKenzie: "It was a really tough day but that's Formula 1 sometimes. We had an oil pressure problem which cut the engines - the guys are looking at getting it fixed for free practice two.

    "I want to say a huge thank you for all the support - it means a lot and really helps. It was wonderful. Going out there was the best feeling and although there's been a lot of media around this run, once I had put the helmet on that was the best feeling, and as soon as I had left the pit lane, everything felt good. Unfortunately it was a short run but I'm going to look forward to Hockenheim."

  83. 11:05: 
    Susie Wolff recap

    So Susie Wolff's race weekend debut ended in huge disappointment. The 31-year-old Scot completed a installation lap but then had to abort a practice start when Pastor Maldonado had an issue at the end of the pit lane.

    When she did get out on track, she managed just one lap - which put her fastest out of three drivers at the time - before rolling to a stop with an engine problem. She will get one more shot in first practice at the next race which takes place in Germany.

  84. 11:02: 

    Drivers do a track walk on Thursday so they can get an idea for any changes that may have been since they were last there.

    That includes corner and run-off tweaks. Unfortunately, it seems Marcus Ericsson did not notice a small ditch at Becketts because he's tried to drive through it when trying to recover from a spin.

    As a result, the car got stuck, bringing an end to the session on the first race weekend since his Caterham team switched ownership.

  85. 11:00: 

    Caterham's Marcus Ericsson has beached the car down at Becketts. Which is not ideal.

  86. 10:58: 

    Mercedes tell Nico Rosberg that he's all clear to continue on his current run, so it looks like the ERS issue has remedied itself. The German has extended his lead at the top of the timesheets, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton moving into second, seven tenths off the pace.

  87. 10:56: 
    Simon Rix (centre) of the Kaiser Chiefs at Silverstone

    Three-time Brit Award winning indie rock band the Kaiser Chiefs were in town last night for their first gig of the summer. And as they're at Silverstone, Simon Rix has obviously taken the opportunity to have a peak in the paddock and the garages.

  88. 10:52: 

    Mercedes Nico Rosberg's engineer tells his charge: "We see a problem at the moment with ERS, we'll advise."

  89. 10:50: 

    Nico Rosberg is currently quickest, seven tenths of a second quicker than Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso is third ahead of Jenson Button and Daniil Kvyat.

    Sebastian Vettel is sixth, Daniel Ricciardo eighth and Lewis Hamilton 10th.

    Lotus F1 Team

    Lotus F1 Team: We can confirm that it's slightly more than a set-up change required for @Pastormaldo's car in this session.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "Kimi Raikkonen has indicated this weekend that he already sees an end to his Formula 1 career, saying that he would continue 'until my contract is finished and then I will probably stop, that is what I think is going to happen'. That was taken by many to mean that he may well move on for a second time at the end of 2015. However, Raikkonen's contract actually runs for three years in total - it is two firm years until the end of 2015, followed by an option on his side to stay if he wants to for 2016.

    "The way things are going, though, you have to wonder whether that contract will run to its end, given his poor form this year. There have already been rumours that Ferrari might drop Raikkonen at the end of this year, following his disappointing form compared to team-mate Fernando Alonso. However, sources say changing their driver line-up is not on Ferrari's list of priorities at the moment as there are bigger problems to solve at Ferrari, but you never know."

  92. 10:40: 
    Williams cars in the pits

    Susie Wolff's Williams is back in the pits but when she walks into the garage, she is given the bad news. "It's the engine. It's terminal." The look of disappointment on her face is evident.

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    Alex: @MassaFelipe19 likes identical crashes, Monaco last year and this is identical to what he did in practice last year.

    Robert Bruce: These F1 cars sound great, each engine differs. More importantly the cars twitch and power slide! Not seen that for years. :-)

  94. 10:36: 

    Felipe Massa talking to Lee McKenzie: "I'm fine. I hit the outside of the kerb and it just pushed me inside." "How much damage was done?" ask McKenzie. "A lot," comes the reply.

  95. 10:33: 

    Claire Williams and Sir Frank Williams are deep in conversation as their British Grand Prix unravels.

    Felipe Massa is already on his way back to the pits while the marshals work to clear up the debris and remove the car from a dangerous position. The crash happened just in front of the pit lane exit.

  96. 10:30: 

    The session has been stopped following that accident. BBC co-commentator Tony Dodgins thinks it will be difficult for Williams to get the car fixed in time for second practice.

    That means Williams, after such a strong race in Austria where they finished third and fourth, will only get data from Valtteri Bottas' session in FP2 today.

  97. 10:26: 

    Felipe Massa gets a wheel on the kerb, sending his Williams spinning round and into the wall. it rips the front left of the car off. Looks like there's damage to the gearbox, too. It's been a terrible few minutes for Williams.

  98. 10:24: 

    Susie Wolff is out of the car and on her way back to the pits. There's still just over an hour left of the session. Meanwhile, Jean-Eric Vergne tops the times, two tenths quicker than Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat with Jenson Button third and Lewis Hamilton fourth.

  99. 10:20: 

    Susie Wolff shakes her head as she pulls to a stop on the side of the track to bring out the yellow flags. I think she said there's a problem with the oil pressure. What a time for it to go wrong for the 31-year-old Scot.

  100. 10:18: 

    Susie Wolff hits the top of the timesheets with a 1:44.212 in the Williams, 2.6 seconds quicker than Jenson Button with Marcus Ericsson third in the Caterham. No one else has set a timed lap yet.

  101. 10:15: 

    "Stop the car, Pastor, stop the car." Maldonado has heard that phrase all too often this season. The Venezuelan stopped the car at the end of the pit lane and was about to do a practice start before heading out on track when he got the call.

    Get involved- #bbcf1

    Clyde Alex Matthews: It's great to see a woman finally on an official F1 practice session. Well done Susie Wolff. Good Luck Alonso and Raikkonen #Ferrari

    Isobel Boylan: Who's afraid of Susie Wolff? Show the guys how its done. #bbcf1

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "The drivers love Silverstone, for the demanding high-speed curves that comprise the lap and the atmosphere created by the enthusiastic crowds and 64-year F1 history. Silverstone is this weekend celebrating its 50th F1 race. But Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg had other anniversaries on his mind. 'Friday is 60 years since the Silver Arrows first won in F1 - in Rheims with Fangio, I believe,' he said, collecting some nice corporate brownie points from his bosses, 'and 60 years since Germany won the world cup for the first time. So an incredible day that all happened 60 years ago and at the same time it's Germany against France in the World Cup."

  104. 10:13: 

    There are a few other driver changes in this session only with Giedo van der Garde taking over for Esteban Gutierrez at Sauber, Robin Frijns borrowing Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham and Daniel Juncadella getting his first race weekend experience over at Force India with Nico Hulkenberg sitting out.

  105. 10:11: 

    The track has fallen quiet after those early installation laps. Williams' Valtteri Bottas is watching the action from the pit wall during this session while Susie Wolff borrows his car for 90-minutes or so.

  106. 10:06: 

    Everyone has completed an installation lap, including Susie Wolff in the Williams. McLaren's Kevin Magnussen has a moment coming out of Luffield, the rear end snapping as he gets on the power, but the Dane catches it.

  107. 10:03: 
    Jenson Button

    Jenson Button is wearing a special pink helmet this weekend to honour his father's memory. John Button, who attended all but one of Jenson's races and was, died in January.

  108. 10:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The time has come. The 2014 British Grand Prix weekend is under way!

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "I've been speaking to Williams technical chief Pat Symonds about plans for Susie Wolff this session. She is conducting an aerodynamic test programme and will be on a different run plan from team-mate Felipe Massa, so their times will not be directly comparable. 'She has a job to do, like we always do in P1,' Symonds said. 'But I've every confidence she can do that job and give us what exactly we need, like she did in the Barcelona test in May.' I asked what we can read into her lap times. 'If she's half a second off at the end of the session, she's done a really good job,' he said. A second? 'Still a good job.'"

  110. 09:55: 

    There are four Brits involved in this session with Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes, Jenson Button driving the McLaren, Max Chilton in the Marussia and Susie Wolff in action for Williams.

  111. 09:50: 

    The campsites are jammed, with many fans coming down on Wednesday night to make a long weekend of it at Silverstone. It's then just a short stroll into the circuit to pick your spot for Friday practice. The grandstands are pretty full, which is quite impressive as this is only practice.

    BBC F1 presenter Suzi Perry
    Suzie Perry with Fangio's winning car the W196

    Wowsers Fangio's winning car the W196 in the @MercedesAMGF1 garage, had to pop in and see! @SilverstoneUK @bbcf1

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "For most of the weekend, all eyes will be on the battle between the Mercedes drivers and the tussle to be best of the rest behind them. But this morning the focus of attention will be on the Williams garage, where Susie Wolff becomes the first woman in 22 years to take part in a grand prix weekend.

    "The Scot is taking over Valtteri Bottas's car in first practice here and in Germany in two week's time in what amounts to a fantastic opportunity for her to show what she can do. From the outside, it won't be easy to determine from the outside how Wolff has got on, as she will be on a different programme from team-mate Felipe Massa. But Williams will know. Wolff says her ambition remains to race in a grand prix. Can she prove she deserves that chance?"

  114. 09:45: 

    Susie Wolff says Formula 1 is "close" to the time when a woman will race in a grand prix again. "You have to fight hard to get into F1 and be ready when the chance comes but I believe it will happen soon," she says.

    But will it be her? "I'm a realistic person, but I'm also a person who believes a lot in goals," adds the 31-year-old. "I'm going to give it my absolute best shot and if it doesn't happen I can look back and say I gave it everything I had to make it happen. Fingers crossed that it will happen."

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow
    Susie Wolff getting ready for Practice session 1

    Ready to make a little history. @Susie_Wolff @WilliamsRacing #f1

  116. 09:40: 

    So here's how today is going to work. First practice starts at 10:00 BST, at a gloriously sunny - but windy - Silverstone and will last 90 minutes. A second session will follow at 14:00 and also last 90 minutes. BBC TV coverage starts at 09:55 on BBC Two and in the video console at the top of this page.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at Silverstone

    "This already feels like a seminal weekend in Formula 1, and a car has yet to turn a wheel. The Caterham team has changed hands. Renault Sport has changed its management as a result of its failure to design a competitive engine. A woman is about to take part in a grand prix weekend for the first time in more than two decades.

    "The Lotus team are set to change their engine supplier next season. And there are question marks over the future of two of the sport's biggest names, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen. Out on the track, the pressure is on Lewis Hamilton to beat his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and prevent the German's championship lead edging over 30 points. Hamilton says he is 'aware it doesn't have to be won this weekend' but another points hit would make a substantial contribution to him potentially losing it."

  118. 09:33: 

    Morning all and a very warm welcome to our live coverage of Friday practice for the British Grand Prix at Northamptonshire's Silverstone circuit. The venue is loved by fans and drivers alike and features some of the most iconic corners in Formula 1 such as Copse, Maggots, Becketts and Chapel.

  119. 09:30: 
    Susie Wolff

    It's a special grand prix this weekend. Formula 1 is coming home, Silverstone hosts its 50th British Grand Prix and Susie Wolff will become the first female to take part in a race weekend in 22 years.

    The 31-year-old Scot will contest first practice for Williams, in place of Valtteri Bottas, as she continues her bid to grab a race seat in the progress. What a weekend we have in store.

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