Piquet fastest in Silverstone practice

Nelson Piquet Jr headed the times in free practice at Silverstone to give his hopes of clawing back Lewis Hamilton in the title race an early boost

Piquet fastest in Silverstone practice

Despite spinning off with five minutes of the session remaining - bringing out the red flags in the process - Piquet clung onto the top spot by under one tenth of a second from Trident Racing's Gimmi Bruni.

Adam Carroll was third fastest for Racing Engineering, while Hamilton took fourth. 

There have been a number of driver changes ahead of  this weekend's races. After switching to iSport from BCN, Timo Glock was seventh quickest, while his replacement at the Spanish outfit, Luca Filippi, was 20th.

GP2 returnee Neel Jani was 15th acting as Nicolas Lapierre at Arden, while Brit Mike Conway was 22nd in the DPR Direxiv car normally driven by the injured Olivier Pla.

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time               Laps
 1.  Piquet Jr.    Piquet Sports             1:31.012            17
 2.  Bruni         Trident Racing            1:31.094  + 0.082   16
 3.  Carroll       Racing Engineering        1:31.141  + 0.129   16
 4.  Hamilton      ART Grand Prix            1:31.153  + 0.141   14
 5.  Di Grassi     Durango                   1:31.189  + 0.177   15
 6.  Premat        ART Grand Prix            1:31.389  + 0.377   16
 7.  Glock         iSport International      1:31.529  + 0.517   15
 8.  Zuber         Trident Racing            1:31.641  + 0.629   16
 9.  Perera        DAMS                      1:31.687  + 0.675   16
10.  Ammermueller  Arden International Ltd   1:31.739  + 0.727   15
11.  Viso          iSport International      1:31.830  + 0.818   8
12.  Lopez         Super Nova International  1:31.970  + 0.958   14
13.  Monfardini    DAMS                      1:32.147  + 1.135   15
14.  Valles        Campos Racing             1:32.247  + 1.235   14
15.  Jani          Arden International Ltd   1:32.376  + 1.364   16
16.  Pantano       FMS International         1:32.457  + 1.445   12
17.  Negrao        Piquet Sports             1:32.544  + 1.532   17
18.  Yoshimoto     BCN Competicion           1:32.809  + 1.797   10
19.  Piccione      DPR Direxiv               1:32.937  + 1.925   13
20.  Filippi       BCN Competicion           1:33.596  + 2.584   17
21.  Hernandez     Durango                   1:33.676  + 2.664   14
22.  Porteiro      Campos Racing             1:33.788  + 2.776   18
23.  Conway        DPR Direxiv               1:33.809  + 2.797   17
24.  Fauzy         Super Nova International  1:34.038  + 3.026   12
25.  Villa         Racing Engineering        1:34.209  + 3.197   12
26.  Tahinci       FMS International         No time             1
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