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FP2 - Hamilton leads Ricciardo as Rosberg hits trouble

08 Jul 2016

Lewis Hamilton stayed on top of the Silverstone timesheets in Friday afternoon’s second practice, beating Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by 0.391s. The world champion completed 35 laps - 35 more than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who was unable to run thanks to technical problems.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:31.660 36
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing 1:32.051 +0.391s 30
3 33 Max Verstappen VES Red Bull Racing 1:32.286 +0.626s 36
4 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:32.570 +0.910s 40
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:32.736 +1.076s 38
6 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren 1:33.040 +1.380s 31
7 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Williams 1:33.493 +1.833s 38
8 8 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas 1:33.614 +1.954s 32
9 22 Jenson Button BUT McLaren 1:33.763 +2.103s 20
10 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams 1:33.801 +2.141s 29

Rosberg was confined to the garage by what was described initially as a small water leak. Further work on his car, however, revealed an undisclosed problem which required longer remedial work.

Hamilton set the pace with 1m 33.505s on medium Pirelli tyres early on, then cut down to 1m 31.660s on the soft. That was not as fast as he had gone on mediums in the morning, however, despite (perhaps because of) a big jump from 21 to 35 degrees Celsius track temperature.

Giving Red Bull hope, Ricciardo was second on 1m 32.051s with team mate Max Verstappen third on 1m 32.286s. Ricciardo’s session ended on a slightly worrying note, though, as he was told to slow and avoid changing gear as the flag fell.

Sebastian Vettel’s gearbox dramas at the end of FP1 were rectified and he was fourth for Ferrari on 1m 32.570s, with team mate Kimi Raikkonen fifth on 1m 32.736s.

It was another good session for McLaren, with Fernando Alonso sixth with 1m 33.040s, but less good for Jenson Button, whose engine developed an unusual power delivery problem that kept him in the garage for some time, and then obliged him to pit again when he tried a lap. Eventually, however, he lapped in 1m 33.763s to take ninth and put both McLarens in the upper echelon.

Valtteri Bottas got his oversteery Williams into seventh with 1m 33.493s as Romain Grosjean made it a good session for Haas with eighth on 1m 33.614s, and Felipe Massa in the second Williams completed the top 10 with 1m 33.801s.

It was another relatively quiet session, though Daniil Kvyat damaged his Toro Rosso’s front wing after spinning over the kerbs at Club.