Nico Rosberg topped the table in what was a mostly dry second free practice session at the British Grand Prix, with the threat of rain looming throughout the 90 minute session.
Teams sent their drivers out on intermediate tyres at the commencement of FP2, as the track was still damp minus the standing water. It only took five minutes until the switch to slicks were made when Jean-Eric Vergne appeared on circuit with Pirelli’s revised manufactured tyre.
If rain were to play a part come Sunday, teams will be looking at a 1.43/44 lap time for the change to slick tyres, which is always imperative during a race.
The cars were struggling to keep off the grass and tarmac areas due to a very green track, which Massa proved as his run of free practice misfortune continued for a third weekend running.
After only seven laps, Massa got out of line entering Stowe and spun off the track into a wall as he tried to correct it. The front end of the car was mangled with the right front suspension taking most of the damage.
The Brazilian could only console himself at the fact team principal Stefano Domenicali, wasn’t there to witness the crash.
Alonso didn’t quite have the poor outing as his teammate, but accident aside it wasn’t much better. The Spaniard only managed tenth, over a second away from pace-setter Rosberg, who celebrated his 28th birthday the day before.
The day didn’t seem to go the way Lotus had hoped. After introducing their passive DRS, the team found their drivers out of the mix with Grosjean ninth and Raikkonen thirteenth.
Red Bull look comfortable with Webber and Vettel in second and third place respectively. The same can be said for Mercedes, who aren’t too worried about tyre wear as Silverstone is mainly harder on the front tyres, rather than the rears which causes them grief every other race weekend.
2013 British Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:32.248||33|
|2.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:32.547||+ 0.299||26|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:32.680||+ 0.432||31|
|4.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:32.832||+ 0.584||34|
|5.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:32.911||+ 0.633||28|
|6.||Daniel Ricciardo||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:33.171||+ 0.923||34|
|7.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:33.290||+ 1.042||38|
|8.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:33.313||+ 1.065||34|
|9.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:33.322||+ 1.074||38|
|10.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:33.494||+ 1.246||32|
|11.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:33.740||+ 1.492||29|
|12.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:33.896||+ 1.648||36|
|13.||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:34.120||+ 1.872||30|
|14.||Sergio Pérez||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:34.130||+ 1.882||29|
|15.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:34.998||+ 2.750||32|
|16.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Renault FW35||1:35.070||+ 2.822||29|
|17.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Renault FW35||1:35.127||+ 2.879||35|
|18.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:35.802||+ 3.554||27|
|19.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham Renault CT03||1:35.984||+ 3.736||32|
|20.||Charles Pic||Caterham Renault CT03||1:36.079||+ 3.831||35|
|21.||Max Chilton||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:37.329||+ 5.081||33|
|22.||Felipe Massa||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:43.466||+ 11.218||7|