Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time in a soaking wet first practice session at the British Grand Prix that saw very little action until the final ten minutes.
It took 76 minutes for Ricciardo to set the first timed lap, clocking a time over two minutes before improving over his next eight attempts. His lap prompted a flurry of activity in the final ten minutes but several drivers still opted not to head back out or returned to the pits before the end of the lap and so did not set a time.
Lewis Hamilton led at one stage, briefly lifting the spirits of the drenched British crowd, but Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado all went faster before the end of the session. For the record, Ricciardo's best time was a 1:54.249, 0.784s faster than his closest rival.
Charles Pic proved how treacherous the conditions were when he lost the rear of his Caterham in the final corner and spun into the barrier, damaging his front wing. Esteban Gutierrez also had a high-speed moment as his car aquaplaned at Turn 1 and he took the corner sideways, but was able to regain control in the run-off area to ensure the car did not sustain any damage.
Kimi Raikkonen did not leave the pits all session despite having the Lotus drag reduction device on his car - which the team plans on racing for the first time this weekend - while 12 others did not set a timed lap.