During this morning’s session at Silverstone, Williams suffered premature ends to the session for both drivers so will be aiming to recover after a poor start to the weekend. But it was Max Chilton in his Marussia setting off from the pit lane first in FP2. Followed by the Williams of Bottas, who didn’t take any part in FP1.
Valtteri Bottas set the first time on the board, with a 1:39:032. Precisely three seconds ahead of Max. But as the first batch of drivers set their initial afternoon times, Valtteri was knocked down to fourth after the two Toro Rosso’s and the two McLaren’s lapped faster than the Finn.
Over the first twenty minuets of running the times had begun to fall with Lewis Hamilton taking the lead with a 1:35:424, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso.
But for some drivers they were struggling to push hard. Hulkenberg was struggling with oversteer in his Force India but claimed it could be down to the wind. But before setting the fastest lap time of the session so far, Hamilton had locked up and ran of at turn 3 (Village). Going into the Village corner, drivers had to deal with a tailwind into the corner, impacting their breaking zones.
But at least it was just a tailwind affecting the breaking zone, unlike in Grosjean’s Marussia. For Grosjean, he was suffering from an inconsistent car under breaking.
In FP1 this morning, Massa suffered a terminal impact after his exit from Stowe. Between the two sessions the team was able to repair his FW36, after changing all four corners of his car. Now in FP2, we almost had a repeat incident of Massa’s crash, but this time with Kvyat. As the young Russian exited Stowe, he suffered a huge tankslapper but was able to regain control of his Toro Rosso in order to get it back pointing straight and not in the wall.
Now as the first half hour approached its end, the first driver of the weekend to venture out on to the track with the medium compound tyres was the Caterham of Marcus Ericsson. Soon Esteban Gutierrez in his Sauber was following the trend and saw his lap time rocket him to sixth place.
More issues soon struck for Grosjean in his problematic Lotus. This time as Romain entered Luffield, his car snapped sideways mid corner forcing the Frenchman into the gravel trap and drifting his way through the corner.
Over the following thirty minuets of FP2, there was minimal action to talk of but as the hour mark approached, session leader Lewis Hamilton was forced to stop out on track.
Lewis had recently left the pit lane but was only able to get to the loop, which is actually just two corners after the pit exit. As he began to make his way around the track, he appeared to lose all power in his Mercedes and parked up on the side of the track.
Another driver suffering with engine issues around this time was Marcus Ericsson in his Caterham. He was trudging along the old pit lane slowly, claiming that he had a terminal engine problem. With Ericsson being forced to stop in sector two, unable to return to the pit lane under his own power, the Caterham driver had now retired early from both Friday sessions.
As the session entered the final fifteen minuets, Jean-Eric Vergne was forced to be the next driver pulling off to the side of the track. As Vergne turned in for turn one, the wheel-nut appeared to shoot out from his front left tyre, making the wheel come loose.
Now with around eight minuets of the session remaining and teams carrying out their final race preparations, a somewhat weird incident for Bottas with his Williams. As he made his way past a Marussia on the Hangar Straight the engine cover on his car failed and appeared to explode. Flinging parts of the body work into the sky and sending the Finn to the pits.
At the end of the session, the time sheets showed Lewis Hamilton finished two tenths faster than his team-mate. After the power unit issues Lewis suffered, he was only able to complete 14 laps in FP2, 21 fewer than Rosberg. But Bianchi and Ricciardo both completed fewer than Hamilton.
|4||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:35.511||1.003||11|
|5||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:35.627||1.119||27|
|16||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1:37.236||2.728||37|
|17||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:37.449||2.941||27|