“Silverstone is strongly advising fans with public car park passes for Saturday, not to come to Silverstone tomorrow,” read a statement. “Unless spectators have PRE-BOOKED Park and Ride, have a hospitality ticket that includes parking in the centre of the circuit, or are already in local campsites and able to walk to the circuit, Silverstone strongly advises that you do not attend the qualifying day of the British Grand Prix.”
Not something any fan wants to read when planning to head to Silverstone for qualifying. The British Grand Prix has never been interrupted by weather since the installment of Formula One in 1950 and this year looks like it may break that streak.
Q1 started and there was a line up at the beginning of the session. Every single driver wanted to go out on track out of fear that the weather was going to take a turn for the worse. (Sounds of thunder were heard in the distance and a warning of torrential downpours heading towards track kept the drivers out on track).
5 minutes left in Q1 and the track conditions started to play havoc with the tyres. The biggest problem for the drivers was that the track was drying, but not consistently overall. Some places were much wetter and more slippery than others. This was causing the drivers to spin and slide off track. As the checkered flag fell, Marussia’s Timo Glock spun out just before the finish line (saving the car from hitting the wall and losing the front wing. Well done Timo).
So all in all, the top ten shoot out was truly a race. And it seemed that all the fans (that made it) left with a smile on their face.
|Lewis Hamilton||P8 Fan’s Choice To Win|
|Paul di Resta||P10|
|Pedro de la Rosa||P21|
* Q1 107% Time 1:53.718
Note – Kobayashi & Vergne droped 5 & 10 grid spots respectively for causing collisions at previous round. Hulkenberg drops 5 for gearbox change. Pic failed to make 107% mark – races at stewards’ discretion.
Published with permission from Girls Like F1 Too!.