Free Practice 1 for the 2014 British Grand Prix

Free Practice 1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix

The first session where the Formula One cars appeared on track at Silverstone this year was, as always, Free Practice 1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix.  It was an interesting session for a number of reasons.  There were a series of test and reserve drivers getting their chance in an F1 car, including Daniel Juncadella (Force India), Giedo van der Garde (Sauber), Robin Frijns (Caterham), and of course, Susie Wolff in the Williams, making her the first woman to drive an F1 car during a Grand Prix weekend since Giovanni Amati drove for Brabham back in 1992.

 

Sadly, it was not a good session for Williams, with Susie Wolff’s debut Grand Prix weekend testing session coming to a premature end with car problems after just a few laps, and Felipe Massa finding a wall around the circuit.  We ended up with the odd and sad sight of two recovery trucks queuing to return the cars back to the Williams pits.

 

The session also saw Marcus Ericsson spin out almost right in front of me and spin on to the grass.  A furtive attempt to restart the car was soon replaced with help from the marshals to push the car as Marcus got out and made his way back to the pits.

Unsurprisingly, the session finished with the two Mercedes cars at the top of the timings, with Nico Rosberg ahead of the local favourite, his teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Here are a few of my photos from FP1. I hope that you like them.