Mark Webber continued Red Bull’s impressive run of pace at the revamped Silverstone circuit by topping the second practice session times for the British Grand Prix.
The Australian’s best time of 1:31.234 proved unbeatable at the end of the 90-minute session – run in glorious weather and in front of near-packed grandstands – despite him losing the last fifteen minutes of the session with an electrical problem.
By contrast, team-mate Sebastian Vettel endured a high-speed spin at Stowe, but could not match Webber’s pace this session.
Ferrari’s pace improved considerably into the second session, with both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa posting competitive lap times in their ‘F-duct’ equipped F60 cars, although the latter had two separate off-track moments during the session.
The only other runners within 1.5 seconds of Webber’s benchmark were both Mercedes GP cars, with Nico Rosberg shading team-mate Michael Schumacher by almost half a second.
Vitaly Petrov would have been happy to make the top-ten at the end of the practice session, and equally delighted to out-pace not one, but both, McLarens, with Lewis Hamilton down in eighth place and Jenson Button a lowly 13th overall.
Lotus’ run of poor reliability on their second ‘home’ track seemed set to continue, with Jarno Trulli coasting to a halt with a gearbox problem and Heikki Kovalainen stopping with a power steering failure at Stowe.
Hispania Racing might be regretting its justification of putting Sakon Yamamoto in the second seat in place of regular driver Bruno Senna, with the race-rusty Japanese driver seeming to struggle physically with the demands of backing up for a second session. He finished well down on team-mate Karun Chandhok’s pace at the end of the session.
2010 British GP Practice 2 Session Times:
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