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Practice Two - Rosberg on top for Mercedes 28 Jun 2013

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 28 June 2013 Felipe Massa hits the tyre barriers damaging the front of his Ferrari Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 28 June 2013 Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham CT03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 28 June 2013

Nico Rosberg and Mercedes led the field at Friday afternoon’s second free practice session at Silverstone, narrowly heading the Red Bulls of former British Grand Prix winners Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

Rosberg recorded 1m 32.248s to slip ahead of Webber on 1m 32.547s and Vettel on 1m 32.680s, with local heroes Paul di Resta for Force India and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton chasing them with 1m 32.832s and 1m 32.911s respectively.

The session was held on a drying track which was slippery to begin with, catching out Ferrari’s Felipe Massa as he spun exiting Stowe corner after 25 minutes. He damaged the front suspension of his car as he slid across the road into a tyre wall, and was classified in 22nd and last place on the strength of his previous best lap of 1m 43.466s.

There were few other incidents, however, as everyone focused on running on the hard and medium Pirelli tyres.

Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne continued to impress in their Toro Rossos, the Australian lapping in 1m 33.171s, the Frenchman in 1m 33.290s. Behind them, Di Resta’s Force India team mate Adrian Sutil was eighth on 1m 33.313s ahead of Romain Grosjean on 1m 33.322s for Lotus and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on 1m 33.494s.

Jenson Button was 11th in his modified McLaren and the team were grateful for the chance to assess its performance in the dry. The Englishman lapped in 1m 33.740s. Nico Hulkenberg followed in his Sauber on 1m 33.896s.

Kimi Raikkonen had a troubled session and was only 13th for Lotus on 1m 34.120s ahead of McLaren’s Sergio Perez on 1m 34.130s, then there was a jump to Esteban Gutierrez on 1m 34.998s for Sauber.

Valtteri Bottas was Williams' leader on 1m 35.070s from team mate Pastor Maldonado on 1m 35.127s, as Jules Bianchi headed the new teams with 1m 35.802s for Marussia. Giedo van der Garde was again Caterham’s faster runner with 1m 35.984s, ahead of Charles Pic’s Caterham on 1m 36.079s, Marussia’s Max Chilton on 1m 37.329s, and Massa.

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