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Thousands of F1 fans are arriving at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire for the British Grand Prix.
ITV Anglia's Donovan Blake has been braving the rain as the weekend's racing gets underway.
The wretched British summer wreaked havoc over Silverstone as first practice for this weekend's grand prix was almost a total washout. As rain poured the teams decided to remain dry in their garages despite the tens of thousands of fans packed around the Northamptonshire circuit.
The only action during the opening 75 minutes was an installation lap apiece from all the drivers bar Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen and Jean-Eric Vergne in his Toro Rosso.
It was Vergne's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who ultimately took the lead. Only 11 drivers bothered to post a time.
Around 100,000 people are expected to descend on Silverstone in Northamptonshire this weekend for the British Grand Prix. Practice gets underway today with qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday.
Three local teams are taking part, Red Bull from Milton Keynes, Mercedes from nearby Brackley and Force India, which based just outside the circuit.