Hamilton sweeps Friday practice as Rosberg hits trouble in FP2

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Lewis Hamilton completes a clean sweep of Friday practice sessions for the British Grand Prix by topping FP2, as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg sees his afternoon efforts cut short by a water leak.

The triple world champion’s 1:31.660 flyer set on the soft tyre was slower than his FP1 benchmark (1:31.654) clocked on the medium compound. It was still nearly six tenths quicker than his pole position time from last year (1:32.248) at Silverstone.

Rosberg reported some issues with his W07 right from the start of FP2, with Mercedes finding a small water leak following a round of extra checks. While the reigning Constructors’ champions initially thought they had the problem under control, it quickly appeared that the current championship leader would not be able to take part in the session anymore.

Second-placed Daniel Ricciardo was almost 0.4s adrift of Hamilton, with the Australian heading Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen. After sampling the updated version of the Halo cockpit protection system in FP1, Sebastian Vettel placed fourth again, nine tenths off the table-topping pace.

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who has been re-signed by Ferrari for 2017, slotted into fifth ahead of the lead McLaren-Honda of Fernando Alonso in sixth.

Williams improved from his low-key FP1 performance: Valtteri Bottas finished seventh, three spots ahead of Felipe Massa. Sandwiched in between the two FW38s were Romain Grosjean’s Haas in eighth and Jenson Button, who recovered from a disjointed start of his session to make it two Honda-powered MP4-31s in the upper half of the field.

After placing its two drivers near the front in FP1, Force India had a quieter session in the afternoon, as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez logged the 15th and 16th fastest times respectively.

It was a stronger session for Manor, with Pascal Wehrlein posting the 17th quickest mark to outpace both Renaults, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, and team-mate Rio Haryanto, who was 21st and last of the drivers having set a time.

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Pos Driver Team Time Laps
01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.660 36
02 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:32.051 30
03 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:32.286 36
04 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:32.570 40
05 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:32.736 38
06 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:33.040 31
07 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:33.493 38
08 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:33.614 32
09 Jenson Button McLaren 1:33.763 20
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:33.801 29
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:33.840 27
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:34.000 32
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:34.139 35
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:34.154 25
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:34.321 35
16 Sergio Perez Force India 1:34.356 37
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:34.549 40
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:34.610 41
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:34.722 36
20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:34.959 41
21 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:35.841 36
22 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0