Sebastian Vettel was the fastest man in the third free practice session at Silverstone today, as the Formula 1 teams finally got their first chance of the weekend to run on a dry track.
Fernando Alonso was second fastest and Mark Webber finished the session third.
Off track there were behind-the-scenes discussions going on between race director Charlie Whiting and Red Bull's Christian Horner and Adrian Newey over the topic of off-throttle blown diffusers.
After the two wet sessions yesterday, there was finally an opportunity for the teams put on some dry Pirelli tyres at Silverstone this morning, and collect some valuable dry-weather data.
Jaime Alguersuari was first to set a lap time – a 1:38.936 – over ten seconds faster than Felipe Massa's fastest time from yesterday. This was quickly beaten by Michael Schumacher though, who was clearly testing the limits of the track, as demonstrated by a brief spin.
Just after Schumacher had set his time though, a few drops of rain started falling. This did not stop Mark Webber though, who put in a lap 1.5 seconds faster than Schumacher.
Halfway into the session, as the track began to dry out, drivers started doing some meaningful laps on the option tyres. Jaime Agluersuari was, as is custom, one of the first to set a lap, and went back of the top of the timesheets. Again, his time there was brief, as Nico Rosberg got the fastest lap down to 1:33.044.
With just under 20 minutes remaining, Alonso took over at the top of the timesheets with a lap of 1:32.843. He improved with a lap of 1:31.464 ten minutes later.
With just over three minutes of the session, just after Christian Horner and Adrian Newey were seen storming back from race control, Sebastian Vettel who, up until this moment, had been keeping a low profile this weekend set a time of 1:31.401, beating Alonso's best effort by 0.063 seconds.
Vettel had a go at beating his best lap, but the rain started falling again as the chequered flag fell, and he could not improve.
British Grand Prix 2011: Free Practice 3
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||1:31.401||21|
|3||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull||1:31.829||11|
|10||15||Paul di Resta||Force India||1:33.423||21|
|12||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India||1:33.660||21|
|16||19||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||1:34.329||17|
|17||18||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso||1:34.799||21|
|19||20||Heikki Kovalainen||Team Lotus||1:35.225||11|
|20||21||Jarno Trulli||Team Lotus||1:36.905||22|
|21||24||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||1:37.614||16|
|22||25||Jerome D'Ambrosio||Virgin Racing||1:38.068||21|
|23||22||Daniel Ricciardo||Hispania Racing||1:38.289||22|
|24||23||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Hispania Racing||1:38.568||20|