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Lewis Hamilton fastest as Nico Rosberg misses all of F1 FP2 at Silverstone
Jul 8, 2016, 3:47 PM

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix as his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg ...

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix as his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg missed the entire session with reliability problems.

Hamilton’s best time of 1m31.660s was set after 35 minutes of the 90-minute session had passed, while using the soft compound Pirelli tyres.

Rosberg, who had finished 0.033s in second place behind the world champion in FP1, was initially confined him to his garage by a water leak on his W06.

Nico Rosberg

The German driver therefore spent the first few minutes of the session playing football in the paddock with his trainer. He did climb into his car with almost an hour of FP2 still to run only to get out again as Mercedes spotted a problem via its telemetry when the power unit was fired up.

The bodywork at the rear of Rosberg’s car was removed and the team began to investigate the cause of his problems while Hamilton went on the complete 36 laps in front of his home crowd.

Lewis Hamilton

Daniel Ricciardo finished second, 0.391s adrift of Hamilton’s fastest time, with his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen a further 0.3s back in third. When the chequered flag came out, Ricciardo was told to avoid changing gear as he came into the pits.

Sebastian Vettel finished fourth, just in front of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who had been confirmed as a Ferrari driver for 2017 earlier on Friday.

Hamilton and Ricciardo completed long runs of 20 and 19 laps each on the soft tyre, and they had comparable pace over those stints in the high 1m37s. Vettel was around half a second slower during his long run on the medium tyres.

Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso was sixth for McLaren, with Valtteri Bottas and Romain Grosjean seventh and eighth for Williams and Haas F1 respectively.

Jenson Button reported, “very low grip”, just before he posted a time that placed him ninth fastest, and Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten in the second Williams.

Carlos Sainz was 11th, with Esteban Gutierrez separating the Spaniard from his Toro Rosso teammate Daniil Kvyat. The Russian driver had a couple of off-track excursions during the afternoon session, with the first moment breaking his front wing after he spun across the inside kerbs at the final corner.

Daniil Kvyat

Felipe Nasr, who reported an alarm going off on his Sauber’s steering wheel with 30 minutes of the session to go, finished 14th, two tenths clear of the Force India pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

Force India suffered dramatic tyre wear during last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix and the team announced before the action got underway at Silverstone that it would use innovative ways to find the cause of its issue, including reverting to an older specification of suspension.

Pascal Wehrlein finished FP2 in 17th for Manor, with Joylon Palmer 18th in front of his home fans for Renault.

Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen ended up 19th and 20th, with Manor’s Rio Haryanto the slowest of the drivers to set a lap, and the Indonesian driver’s best time was 4.181s behind Hamilton.

Marcus Ericsson

British Grand Prix FP2 results:

1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1m31.660s, 36 laps

2 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull 1m32.051s +0.391s, 30 laps

3 Max Verstappen, Red Bull 1m32.286s +0.626s, 36 laps

4 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 1m32.570s +0.910s, 40 laps

5 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1m32.736s +1.076s, 38 laps

6 Fernando Alonso, McLaren 1m33.040s +1.380s, 31 laps

7 Valtteri Bottas, Williams 1m33.493s +1.833s, 38 laps

8 Romain Grosjean, Haas 1m33.614s +1.954s, 32 laps

9 Jenson Button, McLaren 1m33.763s +2.103s, 20 laps

10 Felipe Massa, Williams 1m33.801s +2.141s, 29 laps

11 Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso 1m33.840s +2.180s, 27 laps

12 Esteban Gutierrez, Haas 1m34.000s +2.340s, 32 laps

13 Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso 1m34.139s +2.479s, 35 laps

14 Felipe Nasr, Sauber 1m34.154s +2.494s, 25 laps

15 Nico Hulkenberg, Force India 1m34.321s +2.661s, 35 laps

16 Sergio Perez, Force India 1m34.356s +2.696s, 37 laps

17 Pascal Wehrlein, Manor 1m34.549s +2.889s, 40 laps

18 Jolyon Palmer, Renault 1m34.610s +2.950s, 41 laps

19 Marcus Ericsson, Sauber 1m34.722s +3.062s, 36 laps

20 Kevin Magnussen, Renault 1m34.959s +3.299s, 41 laps

21 Rio Haryanto, Manor 1m35.841s +4.181s, 36 laps

22 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes No time set

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