Nico Rosberg has ended Friday practice on top again, after beating the Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in FP2. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton was four-tenths off the pace in fourth.

While it was business as usual for Rosberg, Hamilton couldn’t seem to get comfortable and he was noticeably slower in the long run simulations. Rosberg was averaging a 1:38.9, while Hamilton’s average fell over half a second from his teammate’s.

Romain Grosjean brought out the first red flag of the session as he was the first of three drivers to venture off the track into the gravel at Luffield. Prior to his excursion off the race track, Grosjean was complaining of rear brake issues which may have been the cause for his mistake. His Lotus was beached in the gravel and the session stopped while it was recovered.

The incident was a major blow for the Frenchman, who also had to sit out of FP1 while reserve driver Jolyon Palmer occupied his car for the third week running. Grosjean ended the session with 21 laps, compared to team-mate Pastor Maldonado’s 32.

Fernando Alonso shortly followed in Grosjean’s tracks, where he also explored the gravel trap at Luffield. The Spaniard, however, was able to keep the car running without bogging down and he was able to continue on and return to the pits.

Roberto Merhi was the last of the drivers to visit Luffield’s gravel trap, spinning on entry to the Turn Seven corner and almost beaching his Manor-Marussia. After taking a while to find reverse gear, the session was briefly red flagged just as Merhi got going again.

Hamilton struggled to find a good setup as he complained that his car was “all over the place” while completing his long run simulation. Teammate Rosberg’s lap times were up to 1.5 seconds a lap quicker, leaving Hamilton a lot of work to do with 10 minutes left to run in the session after the second red flag.

Jenson Button was another driver struggling with his setup, calling his car “undriveable”. Neither Button nor Alonso completed their full practice schedule, completing 16 and 19 laps respectively.

Saturday’s final practice session at Silverstone begins at 10:00am local time (GMT +1).

2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Results
Pos Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:34.155 34
2. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:34.502 + 0.347 29
3. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:34.522 + 0.367 27
4. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:34.621 + 0.466 23
5. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:35.009 + 0.854 25
6. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:35.153 + 0.998 22
7. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:35.300 + 1.145 36
8. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:35.387 + 1.232 34
9. Carlos Sainz es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:35.866 + 1.711 37
10. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:36.147 + 1.992 33
11. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:36.164 + 2.009 32
12. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:36.183 + 2.028 33
13. Sergio Pérez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:36.351 + 2.196 29
14. Romain Grosjean fr Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:36.728 + 2.573 21
15. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:36.731 + 2.576 19
16. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:36.822 + 2.667 23
17. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:37.196 + 3.041 16
18. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:37.327 + 3.172 37
19. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:38.279 + 4.124 21
20. Roberto Merhi es Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:39.878 + 5.723 21

Image via Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

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