British Grand Prix weekend

The British Grand Prix is underway at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. The race is on Sunday.

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Grand Prix - just 11 drivers in rain-hit 1st practice

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.

The grand prix weekend gets underway

Fans on their way to watch the first day of practice at Silverstone Credit: ITV Anglia

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.