Silverstone wouldn’t be Silverstone without a bit of rain, would it? And the Great British Weather didn’t disappoint today, when 40mm of rain fell in the space of 12 hours. The water merely topped up the saturated soil in the circuit’s campsites, following the wettest June since records began.
Mud dominated the spectators’ thoughts, while the drivers had to worry about aquaplaning. For much of the day the conditions were too treacherous for F1 cars, as proven by Bruno Senna when he thumped into the barriers midway through the afternoon session. As a result, few laps were completed all day.
“I feel very sorry for the fans today,” said MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Michael Schumacher. “I hope many of them come back tomorrow, when we’ll be forced to do more running, otherwise we won’t be prepared for qualifying.”
With so little running on the cards, the drivers turned their thoughts to food. Silverstone isn’t exactly the restaurant capital of the UK, but there are some culinary gems if you can find them. Several of the drivers headed into the nearby towns this evening to see what they could find and Sauber’s Sergio Perez was spotted in the Khushboo Indian restaurant in Brackley. The curry house is opposite the house of former Caterham F1 driver Karun Chandhok, and we believe Sergio tried one of the Karun Chandhok specials.
Paul di Resta and Felipe Massa headed to the Rice Bowl in Towcester (separate tables) and Mark Webber headed to The Stag at Mentmore, near his home in Aston Clinton. Was he tempted by a Mark Webber pizza?
While many others were dining, Fernando Alonso was running. He was spotted doing laps of Silverstone on Thursday night to prepare him for the gruelling schedule of three races in four weekends during July. Such is the dogged determination of the Ferrari star; it’s hardly surprising he’s a double world champion.
Fingers crossed for better weather tomorrow!