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British GP: Hamilton quickest again, as Rosberg hits trouble

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British GP: Hamilton quickest again, as Rosberg hits trouble
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Jul 8, 2016, 2:31 PM

Lewis Hamilton remained at the top of the timesheets in second practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, as Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was ruled out of the session with a fluid leak.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38

Before the session, Rosberg's car suffered the leak that required the floor being removed to be rectified.

He got into the car, and looked all set to join in, but was then instructed to climb out again with 53 minutes remaining, and Mercedes announced his session was over before it had even started.

In contrast, Hamilton lapped over half a second faster than his pole time from 2015 to outpace the Red Bulls by four tenths.

Story of the session

Hamilton set the early pace on 1m33.505s on the medium-compound tyres.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was the first to run the soft tyre before the 30-minute mark, producing a 1m32.570s to go P1.

Hamilton did likewise, and set the new bar at 1m31.660s, nine tenths clear, although he did complain he was struggling to synch first gear.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo then went second fastest on 1m32.051s, trimming Hamilton's advantage to 0.391s. Ricciardo, who suffered a problem with his gearbox at the end of the session, also produced a strong medium-tyre long run.

Max Verstappen took third for Red Bull on 1m32.286s, a lap that included a faster first sector than Hamilton.

Vettel slipped to fourth, ahead of freshly re-signed teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who was just under two tenths off him.

Fernando Alonso was a strong sixth for McLaren, ahead of Valtteri Bottas's Williams. Romain Grosjean was eighth for Haas, from McLaren's Jenson Button.

Besides the non-running Rosberg, Button was slowest for much of the session, 4.4s off the pace. "It's very strange power on application of the throttle," he reported of his Honda engine's power delivery.

After the issue was fixed, Button added: "It's just unbelievably low grip."

Felipe Massa's Williams rounded out the top 10, ahead of Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and Esteban Gutierrez of Haas.

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat – who ended the session 13th – suffered a broken front wing when he spun at the final corner on his first run of the session, which required marshals to venture on to the track and retrieve debris. Later on, he ran wide on to the grass at Becketts: "So hard to drive," he complained.

Teammate Sainz also suffered a big slide at Brooklands.

Felipe Nasr was 14th for Sauber, ahead of the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

Austrian GP star Pascal Wehrlein was 17th for Manor, ahead of both Renaults and a Sauber. Jolyon Palmer was 18th, ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen. The second Manor of Rio Haryanto was 21st and almost a second adrift.

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGapInterval
1  Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 36 1'31.660    
2  Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 30 1'32.051 0.391 0.391
3  Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 36 1'32.286 0.626 0.235
4  Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 40 1'32.570 0.910 0.284
5  Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 38 1'32.736 1.076 0.166
6  Fernando Alonso  McLaren Honda 31 1'33.040 1.380 0.304
7  Valtteri Bottas  Williams Mercedes 38 1'33.493 1.833 0.453
8  Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 32 1'33.614 1.954 0.121
9  Jenson Button  McLaren Honda 20 1'33.763 2.103 0.149
10  Felipe Massa  Williams Mercedes 29 1'33.801 2.141 0.038
11  Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso Ferrari 27 1'33.840 2.180 0.039
12  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas Ferrari 31 1'34.000 2.340 0.160
13  Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso Ferrari 35 1'34.139 2.479 0.139
14  Felipe Nasr  Sauber Ferrari 25 1'34.154 2.494 0.015
15  Nico Hulkenberg  Force India Mercedes 35 1'34.321 2.661 0.167
16  Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 36 1'34.356 2.696 0.035
17  Pascal Wehrlein  Manor Mercedes 40 1'34.549 2.889 0.193
18  Jolyon Palmer  Renault Renault 41 1'34.610 2.950 0.061
19  Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 35 1'34.722 3.062 0.112
20  Kevin Magnussen  Renault Renault 40 1'34.959 3.299 0.237
21  Rio Haryanto  Manor Mercedes 36 1'35.841 4.181 0.882
22  Nico Rosberg  Mercedes Mercedes 0      
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