Hamilton rises to the top in final practice

by Paul Hensby

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in final practice ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton set a best time of 1m32.917s late in the session at Silverstone to confirm top spot, while Rosberg slipped into second as the chequered flag fell despite encountering traffic on his quick lap.

Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest for the Scuderia Ferrari team but was 0.775s back from the pace set by the leading Mercedes, while Sebastian Vettel was fourth in the second Ferrari, but was more than a second back on Hamilton.

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr continued to show that Scuderia Toro Rosso are on the pace this weekend by setting the fifth and sixth fastest times of the session, while the two Williams Martini Racing entries of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were seventh and eighth, 0.037s apart but more than 1.5 seconds off the pace.

Daniil Kvyat was ninth for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team despite having run inside the top three in the early stages, while Pastor Maldonado completed the top ten for the Lotus F1 Team.

Nico Hulkenberg was eleventh for the Sahara Force India team, 0.010s quicker than the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, with Sergio Perez of Force India thirteenth ahead of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

The Sauber F1 Team continued to struggle at Silverstone with Felipe Nasr fifteenth and Marcus Ericsson seventeenth, while McLaren-Honda also showed a lack of pace to finish sixteenth with Jenson Button and eighteenth with Fernando Alonso.

The two Manor F1 Team drivers once again finished the session at the back, with Briton Will Stevens ahead of Spaniard Roberto Merhi by 0.296s.

Silverstone Free Practice 2 Result

144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes1m32.917s
26Nico RosbergGERMercedes1m33.469s
37Kimi RaikkonenFINFerrari1m33.692s
45Sebastian VettelGERFerrari1m33.918s
533Max VerstappenNEDToro Rosso-Renault1m34.147s
655Carlos Sainz JrESPToro Rosso-Renault1m34.282s
719Felipe MassaBRZWilliams-Mercedes1m34.501s
877Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes1m34.538s
926Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull-Renault1m34.545s
1013Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus-Mercedes1m34.708s
1127Nico HulkenbergGERForce India-Mercedes1m34.886s
123Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-Renault1m34.896s
1311Sergio PerezMEXForce India-Mercedes1m35.121s
148Romain GrosjeanFRALotus-Mercedes1m35.246s
1512Felipe NasrBRZSauber-Ferrari1m35.587s
1622Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Honda1m35.695s
179Marcus EricssonSWESauber-Ferrari1m35.919s
1814Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda1m36.101s
1928Will StevensGBRManor-Ferrari1m37.989s
2098Roberto MerhiESPManor-Ferrari1m38.285s

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