Hamilton quickest at sodden Silverstone

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Updated: July 7, 2012

Rain and traffic chaos put a dampener on practice for the British Grand Prix on Friday with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton doing his best to raise the spirits of drenched home fans with the fastest lap of the day.

With fans braving the elements and huddling under umbrellas around the circuit, 2008 world champion Hamilton set the pace with a largely meaningless time of one minute 56.345 seconds after lunch.

Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi was second fastest for Sauber with seven times champion Michael Schumacher, a famed ‘Rain Master’ in his time at Ferrari, third for Mercedes.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean had been fastest for Lotus in the morning session in 1:56.552.