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.
More top news
The McLaren was left in bits just minutes after the owner took delivery of it.
A three-storey house has collapsed and businesses have been destroyed following a major fire on a historic high street near Milton Keynes.
Children in a Suffolk school have been mourning the loss of a teenager who was killed by an airgun over the weekend.