Rosberg leads FP2 as Ferrari close the gap

Nico Rosberg continued to set the pace at Silverstone as ended second practice at the top of the timing screens, while team-mate Lewis Hamilton was only fourth, with the two championship rival team-mates split by the two Ferrari drivers.

After being more than a second clear of the field in opening practice, the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS drivers were not as dominant on Friday afternoon, with Rosberg only 0.347s clear of the leading Scuderia Ferrari of Finn Kimi Raikkonen.

The second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel was only a further 0.020s back in third, while home hero Hamilton will be disappointed to make a mistake on his quickest lap, ending the session fourth, 0.466s adrift of team-mate Rosberg’s time.

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing team also made gains in the session, with both Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo setting a time within a second of the ultimate pace, with the Russian ahead of the Australian this time around.

Max Verstappen could not quite match his third-place pace from the morning session, ending FP2 in seventh for the Scuderia Toro Rosso team, while team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr was ninth, behind the leading Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Felipe Massa once again finished the session in tenth as the Williams Martini Racing team continued to struggle, although history dictates that they do not usually show their true pace until Saturday. Team-mate Valtteri Bottas, in his first session of the weekend after allowing Susie Wolff to run in FP1, was down in twelfth, just behind the leading Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.

The second Force India of Sergio Perez ended thirteenth ahead of Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus, who found his afternoon compromised by running into the gravel at Luffield that saw the session halted briefly while marshals recovered his car.

Another driver to find the gravel trap at Luffield during the session was Fernando Alonso, but unlike Grosjean, the McLaren-Honda driver was able to escape, but he could only finish the session fifteenth fastest, ahead of the leading Sauber of Felipe Nasr, while their respective team-mates Jenson Button and Marcus Ericsson were seventeenth and eighteenth.

Will Stevens once again got the better of Manor F1 Team team-mate Roberto Merhi at the back, with the Briton ending 1.599s faster than the Spaniard, with Merhi causing a second red flag by also spinning into the Luffield gravel trap.

British Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Result

16Nico RosbergGERMercedes1m34.155s
27Kimi RaikkonenFINFerrari1m34.502s
35Sebastian VettelGERFerrari1m34.522s
444Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes1m34.621s
526Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull-Renault1m35.009s
63Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-Renault1m35.153s
733Max VerstappenNEDToro Rosso-Renault1m35.300s
827Nico HulkenbergGERForce India-Mercedes1m35.387s
955Carlos Sainz JrESPToro Rosso-Renault1m35.866s
1019Felipe MassaBRZWilliams-Mercedes1m36.147s
1113Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus-Mercedes1m36.164s
1277Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes1m36.183s
1311Sergio PerezMEXForce India-Mercedes1m36.351s
148Romain GrosjeanFRALotus-Mercedes1m36.728s
1514Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda1m36.731s
1612Felipe NasrBRZSauber-Ferrari1m36.822s
1722Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Honda1m37.196s
189Marcus EricssonSWESauber-Ferrari1m37.327s
1928Will StevensGBRManor-Ferrari1m38.279s
2098Roberto MerhiESPManor-Ferrari1m39.878s