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Massa fastest in wet second practice for the Britisn Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, FerrariFelipe Massa emerged quickest from a late scramble on a drying track in second practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

With very heavy rain falling on the eve of the session getting underway, the sodden fans had little to watch for the first half of the afternoon, with only four midfield cars venturing out for exploratory installation laps.

It was 51 minutes into the session before Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari became the first man to try a flying lap. He spent a while swapping the top spot with the likes of his team-mate Sebastien Buemi, Mercedes' Michael Schumacher and Force India's Adrian Sutil, before morning pacesetter Mark Webber went back to the front for Red Bull.

But the rate of improvement as the weather finally improved was such that Webber ultimately fell right back to 14th, while Schumacher - who went back ahead with only a few minutes to go - tumbled to 12th. World championship leader Sebastian Vettel sat out the best of the conditions and was only 18th in the other Red Bull.

Massa then produced a 1m49.967s for Ferrari to take the top spot just as the session finished, deposing Mercedes' Nico Rosberg by 0.777 seconds.

Sauber repaired Kamui Kobayashi's car following his massive morning accident and he took third, ahead of McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, with Sutil sixth.

The changing conditions allowed a few upsets, with Heikki Kovalainen 13th fastest for Lotus, Fernando Alonso back in 15th in the other Ferrari, and new signing Daniel Ricciardo edging ahead of Hispania team-mate Tonio Liuzzi at the foot of the order.

Pos  Driver               Team                   Time                Laps
 1.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m49.967s             9
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m50.744s  + 0.777   16
 3.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m51.395s  + 1.428   16
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m51.438s  + 1.471    6
 5.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m51.518s  + 1.551    6
 6.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m51.738s  + 1.771   18
 7.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m51.781s  + 1.814    7
 8.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1m51.992s  + 2.025   13
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m52.169s  + 2.202   12
10.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m52.189s  + 2.222   21
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1m52.198s  + 2.231    9
12.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m52.325s  + 2.358   12
13.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1m52.578s  + 2.611   16
14.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m52.587s  + 2.620    6
15.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m52.869s  + 2.902    8
16.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault               1m54.023s  + 4.056    8
17.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m54.274s  + 4.307   16
18.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m54.545s  + 4.578    4
19.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1m54.714s  + 4.747   13
20.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1m55.155s  + 5.188    8
21.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1m55.155s  + 5.188   12
22.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1m55.549s  + 5.582   10
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1m55.828s  + 5.861   10
24.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1m56.037s  + 6.070    6

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