Hamilton maintains lead as Rosberg hits trouble

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Great Britain, Silverstone Circuitgb

Lewis Hamilton continued to lead the field in the second free practice session at Silverstone. As Red Bull Racing emerged as the biggest contenders to Mercedes, Nico Rosberg hit trouble and sat out the entire session as his engineers worked on his W07.

While Rosberg was stuck in the pitlane after the team worked to remedy a water leak, Hamilton reigned surpreme, first going fastest again on the medium, before improving to 1:31.660.

While Red Bull already showed promising pace in the morning, their positions on the timesheet at the end of FP2 appear to be fully justified, underlining they are well on form and benefiting from the car's stability in high speed corners.

Ferrari on the other hand were quite considerably behind the Red Bulls, with Vettel more than half a second down on Ricciardo.

6th fastest was Fernando Alonso, building on an already positive morning session for McLaren Honda. Jenson Button had a particularly strong end to the session, having initially been confined to the garage as Honda were looking into a power delivery problem. An early return to the track only lasted for a single lap, as Button had to recognise it was not fixed the first time out. They subsequent attempt was more successful, allowing the Brit to still complete 20 laps.

After an anonymous first session, Williams returned to the top 10 whereas Force India dropped down the pecking order, with its cars going 15th and 16th fastest only.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:31.660-36
23Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:32.051+0.391s30
333Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:32.286+0.626s36
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1:32.570+0.910s40
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:32.736+1.076s38
614Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:33.040+1.380s31
777Valtteri BottasWilliams Mercedes1:33.493+1.833s38
88Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:33.614+1.954s32
922Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:33.763+2.103s20
1019Felipe MassaWilliams Mercedes1:33.801+2.141s29
1155Carlos SainzToro Rosso Ferrari1:33.840+2.180s27
1221Esteban GutierrezHaas Ferrari1:34.000+2.340s32
1326Daniil KvyatToro Rosso Ferrari1:34.139+2.479s35
1412Felipe NasrSauber Ferrari1:34.154+2.494s25
1527Nico HulkenbergForce India Mercedes1:34.321+2.661s35
1611Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:34.356+2.696s37
1794Pascal WehrleinMRT Mercedes1:34.549+2.889s40
1830Jolyon PalmerRenault1:34.610+2.950s41
199Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:34.722+3.062s36
2020Kevin MagnussenRenault1:34.959+3.299s41
2188Rio HaryantoMRT Mercedes1:35.841+4.181s36