Nico Rosberg showed good pace during first practice at Silverstone, but a water leak on his Mercedes W07 Hybrid forced him to sit out second practice without turning a wheel.
The German was just 0.033 seconds shy of team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the morning session, with the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS duo appearing to have a good advantage over the rest of the field, but Rosberg’s afternoon was spent watching the action from the pit lane.
Rosberg will now have to look at Hamilton’s data to find out where he needs to be when practice resumes on Saturday morning, but still has high hopes of a strong weekend.
“I had a good morning session,” said Rosberg. “It looks like we are quickest out there and that it will be a good battle between me and Lewis.
“It’s a shame that I wasn’t able to have a run in the afternoon – but I’m sure we can fix the problems by tomorrow morning. I will see what Lewis learned today and try to adapt this for tomorrow and Sunday.
“It’s great to see that there are so many passionate fans out there and I know a lot of team members from the factories are here too, so I hope they have a fantastic weekend and we can put on a good show for them.”