Nico Rosberg set the pace in the second Friday practice session at Silverstone

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:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:32.248   33
2. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:32.547 + 0.299 26
3. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:32.680 + 0.432 31
4. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:32.832 + 0.584 34
5. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:32.911 + 0.633 28
6. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:33.171 + 0.923 34
7. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:33.290 + 1.042 38
8. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:33.313 + 1.065 34
9. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:33.322 + 1.074 38
10. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:33.494 + 1.246 32
11. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:33.740 + 1.492 29
12. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 1:33.896 + 1.648 36
13. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:34.120 + 1.872 30
14. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:34.130 + 1.882 29
15. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 1:34.998 + 2.750 32
16. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 1:35.070 + 2.822 29
17. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 1:35.127 + 2.879 35
18. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:35.802 + 3.554 27
19. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 1:35.984 + 3.736 32
20. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 1:36.079 + 3.831 35
21. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:37.329 + 5.081 33
22. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:43.466 + 11.218 7

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