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.Alonso

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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