Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2016

Hamilton stays ahead as Rosberg stays in the garage

2016 British Grand Prix second practice

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Lewis Hamilton continued to assert his supremacy at Silverstone in second practice, almost matching his pace from the morning.

On a much warmer track – around 34C for much of the session – Hamilton eventually got down to a best time of 1’31.660, six-thousandths of a second off his first practice time.

However team mate Nico Rosberg was unable to join in the action. The Mercedes driver was confined to his garage by a water leak to begin with, then as the team were preparing to send him out the plan was abandoned as they discovered further work was needed.

It therefore fell to Red Bull to take the challenge to Mercedes and the RB12s looked strong around Silverstone’s high-speed curves. Daniel Ricciardo got within four-tenths of a second of matching Hamilton’s time.

Max Verstappen might have got even closer after being Hamilton’s time through the first sector. However an error at Copse punished the Red Bull driver harshly and he ended up six-tenths down.

Sebastian Vettel was the only other driver to come within a second of the silver cars. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen was just over a second slower.

He was followed by Fernando Alonso, the McLaren driver putting in another strong Friday performance. In the team’s other car Jenson Button was delayed by a power application problem and didn’t complete his qualifying simulation until the final ten minutes, It moved him up to ninth, separated from his team mate by Valtteri Bottas and Romain Grosjean. Felipe Massa completed the top ten.

The Toro Rosso drivers ended the session just outside the top ten. Daniil Kvyat damaged his car’s nose after a spin at Club.

Neither Force India driver fetured in the top ten having opted not to run the soft tyres in this session.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’31.66035
23Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’32.0510.39130
333Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’32.2860.62635
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1’32.5700.91038
57Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’32.7361.07636
614Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’33.0401.38030
777Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’33.4931.83336
88Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’33.6141.95430
922Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’33.7632.10319
1019Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’33.8012.14129
1155Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’33.8402.18026
1221Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’34.0002.34030
1326Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’34.1392.47934
1412Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’34.1542.49424
1527Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’34.3212.66134
1611Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’34.3562.69635
1794Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’34.5492.88938
1830Jolyon PalmerRenault1’34.6102.95039
199Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’34.7223.06234
2020Kevin MagnussenRenault1’34.9593.29939
2188Rio HaryantoManor-Mercedes1’35.8414.18135

Second practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’31.660

+0.391 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’32.051

+0.626 Max Verstappen – 1’32.286

+0.910 Sebastian Vettel – 1’32.570

+1.076 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’32.736

+1.380 Fernando Alonso – 1’33.040

+1.833 Valtteri Bottas – 1’33.493

+1.954 Romain Grosjean – 1’33.614

+2.103 Jenson Button – 1’33.763

+2.141 Felipe Massa – 1’33.801

+2.180 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’33.840

+2.340 Esteban Gutierrez – 1’34.000

+2.479 Daniil Kvyat – 1’34.139

+2.494 Felipe Nasr – 1’34.154

+2.661 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’34.321

+2.696 Sergio Perez – 1’34.356

+2.889 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’34.549

+2.950 Jolyon Palmer – 1’34.610

+3.062 Marcus Ericsson – 1’34.722

+3.299 Kevin Magnussen – 1’34.959

+4.181 Rio Haryanto – 1’35.841

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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17 comments on “Hamilton stays ahead as Rosberg stays in the garage”

  1. For the second session running, the stronger driver (in my opinion) has beaten their team-mate in every team – the exception being Renault however K-Mag sat out the first session so you’d expect that.

    There isn’t a single driver who was beaten by their team-mate in FP1 who reversed this in FP2….

    1. Perez is stronger than Hulkenberg. This is evidenced by the fact that Perez currently has almost double the points of Hulkenberg this season and the fact that Hulkenberg is podiumless in his F1 career, while Perez has gotten 4 podiums with Hulkenberg as a teammate.

    2. Perez is clearly better than Hulkenberg, just see their results. Verstappen is better than Ricciardo aswell, especially in the races where the points are scored

      1. Precisely

      2. I’d say lets give a bit more time before we know is “better”, as you put it, in regards to Ricciardo and Verstappen and your comment “especially in races” is quite perplexing. Are you implying he makes coffee better or makes pizza better? He is on 0 in the qualifying contest just in case you were not aware.

        1. I know he is behind, but as I state in my earlier comment, the races are where the points are scored. Verstappen has been better so far in the races and he has only just got used to the car and is only 18 years old so there is plenty to improve on before the end of the season

      3. duncan idaho
        8th July 2016, 22:15

        They should just organise a hotlap each at the beginning of the season and hand out the WDC. Or maybe just ask KK who gets what.

  2. “Jenson Button was delayed by a power application problem,” must be something wrong with his right foot I suppose.

  3. This is sabotage on Rosberg’s car..

    1. Better now than in QUALIYING OR RACE

    2. Sssshh, don’t tell anyone…..

      I know what they did to it……they made the steering wheel turn properly…it has really confused him

      1. Don’t reveal all our secrets on internet! ;p

    3. @roodda Quite clearly further evidence that the powers that be, behind the scenes, plotting gleefully against Lewis Hamilton. To promote their EU loving, dual nationality, German/Finnish driver! Probably all Niki Lauda’s work too!

      Isn’t that how the song goes, or something?

      1. Did he not race under the monte carlo flag for a while as while as well when he was really young?? The guys gonna retire with more passports than world titles!!!

  4. I guess if Kvyat will be capable of retaining his seat till the end of the season…

  5. Alonso impressive!

  6. Michael Brown (@)
    9th July 2016, 2:21

    For once Sky managed to make the cars sound good on their broadcast.

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