Rosberg leads Red Bull in dry second practice

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Great-Britain, Silverstone Circuitgb

Nico Rosberg was ahead in almost the entire second free practice session and also ended on top of the timesheets. On a drying track, he was 2 tenths faster than Sebastian Vettel and another 2 tenths to Mark Webber.

With the second practice session dry at the kick off, many cars are out early, trying to catch up some of time that was lost in the very wet conditions that greeted the teams in the first practice session earlier today. With the prototype tyres from Canada again available here on Friday, many drivers opt to go out on these early on in the session to give them a run.

20 minutes later, Felipe Massa finds himself in the tyre wall again as he lost control of his car. Once more, he went head on into the tyre wall, crushing the nose and front wing while also bending the right front suspension. The Brazilian is unfortunately making a habit of this, as he already crashed twice in Monaco and then again during the race at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Halfway into the session, most drivers have switched to the race tyres, either running the hard of the medium Pirelli tyres. As the track is still improving thanks to the running, times are tumbling throughout as well. After 50 minutes, Rosberg tops the timesheet, ahead of Vettel and Hamilton.

The times improved further, and with no other serious incidents, Rosberg easily stayed ahead. Mark Webber managed to improve in the last part of the session into third. Toro Rosso continued to perform strongly with the 6th and 7th best times while Force India also was among the top 10 runners.

Results

Pos.NoDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
19Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:32.248-33
22Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:32.5470.29926
31Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:32.6800.43231
414Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:32.8320.58434
510Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:32.9110.66328
619Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:33.1710.92334
718Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:33.2901.04238
815Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:33.3131.06534
98Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:33.3221.07438
103Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:33.4941.24632
115Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:33.7401.49229
1211Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1:33.8961.64836
137Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:34.1201.87230
146Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes1:34.1301.88229
1512Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:34.9982.75032
1617Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1:35.0702.82229
1716Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:35.1272.87935
1822Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1:35.8023.55427
1921Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1:35.9843.73632
2020Charles PicCaterham-Renault1:36.0793.83135
2123Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1:37.3295.08133
224Felipe MassaFerrari1:43.46611.2187