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The incessant rain during the Friday practice sessions for the British Grand Prix restricted track time for the teams leaving most to write off any significant gains from the day.
Ferrari completed just 32 laps in the entire day with Fernando Alonso completing 18 of those. Of the total, only nine were timed of which six came from the Spaniard.
“Let’s say that it would have been more interesting to compare tortellini with tagliatelle – or maybe Parma ham and Jamon Serrano, rather than spending three hours on the pit wall not even managing to complete a dozen timed laps!” quipped technical director Pat Fry.
Mercedes had a slightly better statistic as it completed 75 percent of a single race distance in the two sessions combined with both its drivers in what team principal Ross Brawn described as a “a very British ‘summer’ day”.
In total, just 396 practice laps were completed by all drivers on Friday - compared to 1467 in Canada four weeks ago.
Several teams had introduced quite a lot of new parts for their car and didn’t find it worth risking any damage before they were properly tested.
“I found the day very boring. There wasn’t much we could do and it was impossible to complete our test programme,” Sauber driver Sergio Perez summed up.