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.
|1||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||1:31.660||-||36|
|2||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:32.051||+0.391s||30|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:32.286||+0.626s||36|
|6||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||1:33.040||+1.380s||31|
|7||77||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Mercedes||1:33.493||+1.833s||38|
|8||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:33.614||+1.954s||32|
|9||22||Jenson Button||McLaren Honda||1:33.763||+2.103s||20|
|10||19||Felipe Massa||Williams Mercedes||1:33.801||+2.141s||29|
|11||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso Ferrari||1:33.840||+2.180s||27|
|12||21||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas Ferrari||1:34.000||+2.340s||32|
|13||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso Ferrari||1:34.139||+2.479s||35|
|14||12||Felipe Nasr||Sauber Ferrari||1:34.154||+2.494s||25|
|15||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India Mercedes||1:34.321||+2.661s||35|
|16||11||Sergio Perez||Force India Mercedes||1:34.356||+2.696s||37|
|17||94||Pascal Wehrlein||MRT Mercedes||1:34.549||+2.889s||40|
|19||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber Ferrari||1:34.722||+3.062s||36|
|21||88||Rio Haryanto||MRT Mercedes||1:35.841||+4.181s||36|