The Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, who are among the favourite for the win this weekend at Silverstone, each topped the time sheets at one of the two Friday practice sessions.
Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the morning session, but in the afternoon finished third. The German said that a spin was responsible for this slip down the timesheet but is looking forward to driving the new Silverstone layout again tomorrow.
“The sessions were okay today – in the afternoon I had a bit of a spin and flat-spotted a set of hard tyres,” said Vettel. “We also had a problem with the brake pedal, but nothing big. The pace of the car was good.
“The new section of the track is quite low speed, but it's not as slow as we expected and doesn't kill the rhythm. It adds something new and makes if more of a challenge. The track here is magnificent; it's good fun, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”
Webber was fourth fastest in the morning session, but rose to the top of the standings this afternoon to finish the day on top. The Aussie experienced a technical problem towards the end but is looking forward to the rest of the weekend.
“A pretty good day apart from the electrical problem at the end, which was a shame – we lost a few laps,” explained Webber. “The car seems to be going pretty well here otherwise – I think a few of the other teams were sandbagging a bit, but we're happy with our programme and looking forward to qualifying. The new section of the track is pretty difficult, but they got it right I think – it's a good challenge for the drivers.”