2012 British Grand Prix practice in pictures

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Pictures from the soaking wet first day of practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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Keith Collantine
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23 comments on “2012 British Grand Prix practice in pictures”

  1. CT01 is running a McLaren type exhaust in Heikki’s car I guess. That is a comparative upgrade if they intent to run it on both the cars. His time from FP2 at least can confirm some of it’s advantage.Can they score there first championship point from the upgrades in a condition like Britain is needed to be seen. :)

    1. @ambikm Vitaly ran Heikki’s car in the afternoon. He seems confident that both Caterhams will be running the new configuration in the race.

  2. The names on some of the alonso and massa pics are mixed up

    1. Thanks, have sorted them out.

      1. Keith can you please put a pic of the upgraded CT01? thanks.. :)

      2. @keithcollantine Also, that first picture of Hulkenberg is actually Bianchi.

        1. Got it, thanks.

  3. It telss something that most pictures were taken in the pit lane or garages…

  4. Is everyone wearing a star (Maria de Villota’s) on their helmets? I noticed Massa has it on either sides, Perez has it on the back but I can’t tell the others. Surely, despite it not being much nor much visible, it’s a nice gesture. I hope Marussia has something on their car like Renault had for Kubica.

    1. Alonso and I also think James Calado do have one on their helmets, too. But I don´t really know, who else does… Agree that Marussia should have something on their car this weekend.

    2. The HRT drivers do too and Hamilton was applying some during practice.

    3. @Fixy I believe Maria’s star is on the rearview mirrors of the Marussias this weekend. Nice gesture

  5. Some great shots when the track is soaked and the weather is dull. Looking foward to the top 10 pictures of the weekend

  6. I see the Red Bull car as a Toro Rosso look alike from far

    1. @neelv27 Personally, I was reminded of the old Sauber livery :) And glitter.

  7. I wish the HRT wasn’t so lesser-spotted. I really do like it.

    1. Great colours aren’t they? Reminds me of Rebellion Racing’s red, gold and white last year at Le Mans.

      1. Red, white and gold is a nice choice … but I think they’re gone a little overboard. The giant, NASCAR-style numbers are silly, and there’s a few squiggles of colour – like on the engine cowling and in the space between the front wheel and the sidepod – that are as pointless as they are excessive. It looks like someone in the team has gone “Oooh, there’s a blank space there! Quick, let’s put something in it before anybody noitces!”

        If they got rid of those squiggles, took away the big number and replaced with with a larger Tata logo, and replaced the existing Tata logo on the engine cover with a team insignia, it would look so much better.

  8. Chris Jones
    7th July 2012, 0:35

    Keith, I just have to say thanks for bringing us all such great, hi-res pictures all the time!

  9. I Love the Pope
    7th July 2012, 3:04

    Its a shame the HRT is such a turkey. It is a nice looking car. I love the gold on it.

  10. @keithcollantine

    Thanks for the Red Bull Photos, let the search begin!

  11. Quite a nice surprise when I found little old me in the Red Bull Pictures. Many thanks :D

    It’s even cooler knowing exactly where I am on the livery

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