Hamilton quickest as Rosberg sits out second Silverstone practice


Lewis Hamilton continued his strong start to the British Grand Prix weekend by topping second practice at Silverstone on Friday afternoon.

Hamilton edged out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg during FP1 earlier in the day, but faced no challenge in FP2 after the German was sidelined for the entirety of the session.

Rosberg’s car suffered an issue on fire up that prevented him from getting out early on, leaving him to kick a soccer ball about in the paddock with his trainer.

Rosberg was given the call to jump into the Mercedes W07 Hybrid later in the session, only for more issues to arise. The required checks were unable to be conducted during practice, prompting Mercedes not to run Rosberg.

As a result, Hamilton was able to fight alone at the top of the timesheets, posting a fastest lap of 1:31.660 to finish three-tenths of a second clear of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in second place.

Ricciardo was joined in the top three by teammate Max Verstappen, with the long run pace of both Red Bull drivers suggesting that it could get into the fight at the front of the pack at Silverstone.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ended the session fourth-fastest, nine-tenths of a second off Hamilton at the top, while Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth in the second SF16-H car.

Fernando Alonso continued McLaren’s strong start to the weekend in P6 ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, with Haas driver Romain Grosjean following in P8. Jenson Button and Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10 in FP2.

The session saw Esteban Gutierrez return to the wheel of the second Haas car after giving it up to Charles Leclerc for FP1. Gutierrez finished the session 12th-fastest.

Kevin Magnussen also got back behind the wheel of his Renault, having made way for Esteban Ocon in FP1, but could only finish 20th overall.