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Silverstone F1 test: Williams's Felipe Massa fastest on day one

Felipe Massa, Williams, Silverstone F1 testing July 2014

Felipe Massa set the pace for Williams on the first day of the post-British Grand Prix Formula 1 test at Silverstone.

The Brazilian leapt to the top of the times with a late-morning run on Pirelli's medium compound tyre, setting a best lap of 1m35.242s, just over seven tenths of a second slower than Lewis Hamilton's best lap of the British GP weekend, set in the second free practice session.

Canadian GP winner Daniel Ricciardo spent the morning conducting aerodynamic tests for Red Bull and failed to register a flying lap, but put that right with a quick run in the final minutes that launched him up to second, just 0.006s slower than Massa.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg experimented with rear wing revisions on the W05 at Silverstone and was second fastest, 0.331s shy of Massa, for most of the afternoon before being bumped by Ricciardo in the final minutes.

Adrian Sutil's Sauber topped the times after the first hour of running, but he lost a big chunk of running to an engine problem and slipped to 10th before venturing out with a replacement powertrain in the afternoon.

He utilised it to good effect to make a late improvement and climb to fourth on the timesheet, the only other driver to dip below 1m36s.

Jules Bianchi will test for Ferrari in place of Kimi Raikkonen on Wednesday, and prepared by clocking more laps than anyone else on the opening day, with 108, and going fifth quickest for his regular team Marussia, just under a second off the pace.

Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, Silverstone F1 testing July 2014

The Frenchman's running was curtailed early in the final hour by a fire in the car's engine bay.

GP2 race winner Stoffel Vandoorne conducted constant-speed aero testing for McLaren in the morning before rounding out the top six with a quicker run in the afternoon that put him a tenth clear of the Force India of Sergio Perez.

Jean-Eric Vergne was another tenth of a second slower in rounding out the top eight.

The Frenchman completed the fewest laps of anybody (28) as he battled recurring battery problems with his Toro Rosso, and was responsible for four of the five red flags that interrupted Tuesday's running.

Pastor Maldonado went ninth fastest in the Lotus E22 in the afternoon, after running several dry laps on intermediate rubber in the morning.

The Venezuelan was over eight tenths of a second quicker than Ferrari development driver Pedro de la Rosa, who tested an experimental rear tyre construction for Pirelli in the morning, before the F14 T sprung a water leak.

GP2 racer Will Stevens racked up nearly 100 laps in bringing up the rear for Caterham, just over 2.6s seconds shy of the Ferrari.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m35.242s           42
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m35.248s  +0.006s  72
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m35.573s  +0.331s  90
 4.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.674s  +0.432s  74
 5.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m36.148s  +0.906s  108
 6.  Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.462s  +1.220s  71
 7.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m36.583s  +1.341s  79
 8.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m36.688s  +1.446s  28
 9.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m37.131s  +1.889s  97
10.  Pedro de la Rosa   Ferrari               1m37.988s  +2.746s  49
11.  Will Stevens       Caterham-Renault      1m40.627s  +5.385s  95
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