British GP | Hamilton tops FP2 as water leak retires Rosberg

Second Free Practice topped by Hamilton as Rosberg hits problems at the British Grand Prix.

In a session littered with mechanical issues, Hamilton topped the timesheet at his home Grand Prix for the second time today. Lewis’ 1:31.660 may have been six-thousandths of a second off his morning benchmark, but as Rosberg watched on from the garage – Lewis had the edge over Ricciardo and Verstappen. 

Before FP2 went green to start the second 90-minute session at Silverstone, Rosberg’s Mercedes was up on jacks in the team’s garage as they set about fixing a water leak.

Unfortunately for the championship leader, Rosberg’s Silver Arrow could not be fixed during the session. With the team not satisfied with the data once they fired the engine up following an initial mend.

As for his team-mate and Austrian Grand Prix winner, Hamilton was battling the ‘Bulls for the fastest lap with Ricciardo and Verstappen lapping quickly on soft and medium Pirelli’s.

Firstly it was the Spanish Grand Prix winning Red Bull driver taking the top spot in FP2. But Hamilton demoted Verstappen as the Mercedes crossed the line, followed closely by Ricciardo – who lapped the final sector of Silverstone half a second down on Hamilton with medium tyres.

Later on into the session, when qualifying simulations began, Vettel found two seconds with the softer compound tyres to move into P1 – nine-tenths up on Hamilton.

Ricciardo, however, moved Vettel down the board before Hamilton crossed the line nine-tenths up on the German and four-tenths up on the Aussie. Lewis’ flying lap on the softs also came across the line six-thousandths of a second down on his best time from the opening session.

Other than Rosberg, FP2 at the British Grand Prix presented issues for many drivers. With Kvyat spinning at Club and breaking his front wing before later reporting his Toro Rosso as being “so hard to drive”.

Jenson Button was hit twice in the session with unreliability issues. With his McLaren forced into the pits for a lengthy period with a temperature spike – before later boxing again, with JB stating he was suffering from “very strange power [application and response]”.

As for the Sauber’s, Ericsson claimed his front left tyre had been dropping while the others did not – although the team claimed that is was not something unexpected. While Nasr was told to slow during his race simulations when an alarm on his steering wheel began to raise concern in the cockpit.

Problems too hit Daniel Ricciardo once the chequered flag fell. With the second fastest man, across a single lap, told to return to the pits without changing gear.

Pos Driver Laps Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton 36 1:31.660  —
2 Daniel Ricciardo 30 1:32.051 0.391
3 Max Verstappen 36 1:32.286 0.626
4 Sebastian Vettel 40 1:32.570 0.91
5 Kimi Raikkonen 38 1:32.736 1.076
6 Fernando Alonso 31 1:33.040 1.38
7 Valtteri Bottas 38 1:33.493 1.833
8 Romain Grosjean 32 1:33.614 1.954
9 Jenson Button 20 1:33.763 2.103
10 Felipe Massa 29 1:33.801 2.141
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. 27 1:33.840 2.18
12 Esteban Gutierrez 31 1:34.000 2.34
13 Daniil Kvyat 35 1:34.139 2.479
14 Felipe Nasr 25 1:34.154 2.494
15 Nico Hulkenberg 35 1:34.321 2.661
16 Sergio Perez 36 1:34.356 2.696
17 Pascal Wehrlein 40 1:34.549 2.889
18 Jolyon Palmer 41 1:34.610 2.95
19 Marcus Ericsson 35 1:34.722 3.062
20 Kevin Magnussen 40 1:34.959 3.299
21 Rio Haryanto 36 1:35.841 4.181
22 Nico Rosberg 0  No time set No time set