Webber keeps Red Bull on top in Britain

Mark Webber set the fastest time of Friday's second free practice session ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix

Webber keeps Red Bull on top in Britain

With Silverstone baked in sunshine - a track temperature of 43 degrees throughout the 90 minutes - and the grandstands impressively packed for a Friday, the Red Bulls dominated once they switched onto the softer tyre and started setting quick times.

Webber's best effort lifted him a full second clear of the other teams, with Sebastian Vettel nearly seven tenths down in the second RB6 following a high-speed spin at Stowe early on. The Australian's session ended 15 minutes early when he was forced to pit with an electrical problem, but his 1m31.234s was easily good enough to stand.

Ferrari elected to stick with the F-duct after both drivers tested with and without it, and once the soft tyres were bolted on Fernando Alonso split the Red Bulls, just under four tenths behind Webber.

Felipe Massa finished the session fourth quickest, despite flying off the road at Becketts and Village during practice. The two Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were fifth and sixth - the only other cars within 1.5 seconds of the benchmark time.

Vitaly Petrov was seventh for Renault, ahead of Lewis Hamilton - sporting a new Grenada flag helmet design - who continued to struggle to keep his McLaren on the road, going off twice in the Becketts complex.

Adrian Sutil and Rubens Barrichello completed the top 10, with Jenson Button only 13th.

Lotus suffered more reliability problems during the session, with Jarno Trulli forced into the pits after just three laps with gearbox trouble and Heikki Kovalainen stopping at Stowe with a power steering failure.

Sakon Yamamoto seemed to be struggling physically at the wheel of the second HRT car by the end of practice. He finished the session in 23rd place, 1.3 seconds slower than team-mate Karun Chandhok.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:31.234 15 2. Alonso Ferrari 1:31.626 + 0.392 26 3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:31.875 + 0.641 24 4. Massa Ferrari 1:32.099 + 0.865 25 5. Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.166 + 0.932 29 6. Schumacher Mercedes 1:32.660 + 1.426 27 7. Petrov Renault 1:32.745 + 1.511 28 8. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.757 + 1.523 22 9. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.787 + 1.553 27 10. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:32.967 + 1.733 32 11. Kubica Renault 1:33.019 + 1.785 30 12. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:33.164 + 1.930 28 13. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.200 + 1.966 24 14. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.402 + 2.168 23 15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:33.728 + 2.494 27 16. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:33.836 + 2.602 36 17. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.051 + 2.817 29 18. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:34.643 + 3.409 36 19. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:35.465 + 4.231 25 20. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.237 + 5.003 24 21. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.553 + 5.319 21 22. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:37.019 + 5.785 27 23. Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:38.303 + 7.069 32 24. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:42.901 + 11.667 3 All Timing Unofficial 
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