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British Grand Prix - 9 July 2011

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Your top ten for Silverstone: Webber, Vettel, Alonso, Massa, Button, Di Resta, Maldonado, Kobayashi, Rosberg, Hamilton

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No! Rosberg almost loses the car as he approaches Stowe - there'll be no changes to position, and qualifying ends in slightly mute fashion.

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Maybe not - Rosberg looks like he might be improving his time on a brave lap...

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Button backs out a couple of corners into the lap - couldn't risk it - will that cost him? Or is that the end of the session as the rain falls?

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Seven cars back on track now - will the others follow? There's a huge amount at stake. Button told of 'light rain' on the south side of the track...

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The teams are back on the move to get a second set of tyres on the cars and get out again. Is there a bit of rain in the air?

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And now Hamilton is tenth - Kobayashi comes round to put his Sauber 8th.

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Exciting stuff - Ferrari very close - Alonso just a tenth adrift in third, Massa a bit further back in fourth. Button in fifth more than a second away. Di Resta a braver effort in sixth, Hamilton the slowest of all those who have posted a lap.

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Webber finds time in sector three! He's four-hundredths quicker than Vettel with a 1:30.399!

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Webber just behind Vettel on track, but he's a tenth behind after sector two.

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All eyes on this season's king of qualifying, Seb Vettel. Can he plunder pole again?

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Only Kobayashi stays in the pits for now, perhaps eyeing just one run.

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10 minutes on the clock! Drivers out immediately for this one - it's been a tale of different strategies to each one of the three qualifying sessions...

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Eliminated - Kovalainen, Heidfeld, Barrichelllo, Petrov, Schumacher, Perez, Sutil

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Button's time, by the way, a 1:32.2 - so only four-tenths separated 4th and 13th...

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The casualty is Schumacher - his 1:32.656 only good enough for 13th.

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Button coming through - he's safe! Shoots up to fourth just in time.

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Hamilton pits sitting seventh - is he safe?

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TIME UP - Just the final laps to finish...

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Rosberg shoots up to fourth, trouble for McLaren, Button is stuck in 13th...

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Sutil down to 12th now - a sign of just how quick things are improving.

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With the conditions ever-improving, whoever goes over the line last could be at a huge advantage. Massa top now, Webber second.

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All 17 cars out on track - this is going to be a very tense few moments. Vettel into second.

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Alonso top with a 1:31.727 - that's the benchmark for some frantic minutes ahead. Hamilton into second seven-tenths behind.

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Hamilton out on a quick lap - he's well clear of the 10th place marker, and Alonso might be going faster still...

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Sutil 1:33.672 - now 1.4 seconds clear of the field. He looks as if he might just be safe - but is anyone else?

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Five drivers - Alonso, Rosberg, Di Resta, Massa, Kovaleinen - yet to post a lap. Others like Hamilton yet to post a meaningful time. The clock is ticking.

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Sutil the latest to top the timesheets - the Force India man on a 1:34.872

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Barrichello romps to a 1:36.408 - but the times are dropping fast.

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There's a long way for these tyres to go, and the times will improve considerably. But for now the drivers are still tiptoeing through certain sections of the track.

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That Hedifeld mark soon smashed by the Williams pair, who are first and second. Maldonado a full second and a hlaf quicker than Barrichello on a 1:37.703.

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The hope appears to be that the showers are out of the equation for now. Rosberg dives into the pits - Heidfeld posts the first lap - 1:41.657.

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Alonso out on intermediate tyres too. It's all very tentative as the second session starts - none of the urgency which marked out Q1.

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Heidfeld, by contrast, opts for dry tyres. Rosberg (and Schumacher) taking the track on gently, assessing the track before their assault on qualifying.

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Q2 begins! Rosberg straight out on a set of intermediate tyres. Safety first...

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Catch your breath - Q2 is about to start, and in changeable conditions anything is possible.

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That is indeed how Q1 finishes. Ignore Lotus' weather telemetry - it's stopped raining!

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'Rain set to get worse' says Lotus - 'We'll go for intermediates straight away in Q2'

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Little to report - all 24 cars now in the pits - this session effectively over.

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The seven set to miss out - Alguersuari, Buemi, FLock, Trulli, D'Ambrosio, Liuzzi, Ricciardo.

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McLaren have sent out Hamilton and Button on slicks in the rain. Why? Are they checking something in the set-up? It's surely the only reason - they are safe enough.

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The rain is getting worse, and that makes the biggest losers almost certainly the Toro Rosso team - they are stranded in 18th and 19th places, and only a miracle will save them now. Great news for Kovalainen in the Lotus - he's 16th!

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Heavy rain on the start/finish straight starting to fall - bad news if you're in the bottom seven...

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Alonso in the 1:32.9s, and that's good enough for fifth. Rain really does look close. Button now the only top-running driver anywhere near trouble in 11th. In midfield, Heidfeld is teetering in 17th.

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Alonso appears to be alright, and he's back out on track.

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Webber nips back on top - just three hundredths of a second ahead of Maldonado, but the 2010 champion looking good.

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Maldonado takes top spot on a 1:32.702 - Massa in second behind him. Hamilton not on the option tyres, but up to sixth. Button 11th - a little more disconcerting.

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Strong lap from Webber! 1:33.044 takes out half a second on the rest of the field, and that ought to be enough for now.. Or will it? A clutch of guys coming through on flying laps and soft tyres...

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Flag lifted, Barrichello and Vettel nip in ahead of Alonso on the timesheets!

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Yellow flag! ALONSO HAS A WOBBLE! He loses all grip and has to wrestle the car to get back on track? Has he damaged the floor of his Ferrari?

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A reminder of free practice three - Vettel was the quickest, but Red Bull far from happy as team chiefs discuss the new rules.

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It's as simple as this; if the rain comes, nobody will be improving their lap times. That's craeting anxiety, even for the bigger teams.

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Alonso quickest! Followed by Massa - a good start for Ferrari. Webber in third, Barrichello fourth. McLarens 10th and 14th.

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Red Bulls, McLarens and Ferraris all on track. First lap times coming in...

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It is dry at the moment, but the skies are dark overhead. There's plenty of action on course already.

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20 minutes on the clock - seven cars to be eliminated. You know the drill, and so do the teams - in the uncertain weather, the cars set out early to make sure of dry laps.

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Afternoon everyone, and welcome to LIVE coverage of qualifying from Silverstone!