Lewis Hamilton has finished the second practice session ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg by two-tenths of a second.
Although things didn’t go as smoothly as the Briton would have liked as he found himself sitting on track without power with 30 minutes remaining in the session.
According to Mercedes Hamilton’s engine shut itself off. This is a worrying sign for the Brackley outfit, as the past two races Red Bull and Williams closed the large gap Mercedes once held.
Red Bull could be a strong challenge to Mercedes at Silverstone, as the track consists of high downforce corners and highlights the strengths of the RB10, especially through the Maggots and Becketts complex.
Also in the mix after a strong FP2 outing is the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. He finished in third position, 0.7 seconds behind the two Mercedes.
Kimi Raikkonen once again found himself trailing the Spaniard, ending the session down the order in ninth and two seconds off Hamilton’s lap. Raikkonen reported difficulties with the cars balance and couldn’t get to grips with the F14T.
McLaren are another team who seem to have taken a step forward as both Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen finished in the top 10 in seventh and eighth place respectively. Only 0.07 seconds separated the two.
One of the biggest talking points of the session was the investigation of Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo. Both drivers overtook under red flag conditions during FP1 but were eventually cleared.
Toro Rosso’s bad luck from the Red Bull Ring continued into Silverstone as Jean-Eric Vergne’s front left tyre came loose at Abbey; concerns were that the wheel nut had come off.
Valtteri Bottas ran into trouble as Williams’ horror day continued, when his engine cover blew off coming down Hangar straight.
Marcus Ericsson suffered a similar issue in his Caterham, where the body work over the engine looked like something internally had pierced it.
2014 British Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:34.508||14|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:34.736||+ 0.228||35|
|3.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:35.244||+ 0.736||32|
|4.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:35.511||+ 1.003||11|
|5.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:35.627||+ 1.119||27|
|6.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:36.016||+ 1.508||33|
|7.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:36.228||+ 1.720||34|
|8.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:36.299||+ 1.791||35|
|9.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:36.554||+ 2.046||29|
|10.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:36.583||+ 2.075||26|
|11.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:36.671||+ 2.163||29|
|12.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:36.778||+ 2.270||31|
|13.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:36.951||+ 2.443||35|
|14.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:37.064||+ 2.556||33|
|15.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:37.097||+ 2.589||37|
|16.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:37.236||+ 2.728||37|
|17.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:37.449||+ 2.941||27|
|18.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:37.520||+ 3.012||25|
|19.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:38.658||+ 4.150||11|
|20.||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:39.068||+ 4.560||31|
|21.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:39.224||+ 4.716||28|
|22.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:39.762||+ 5.254||21|
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