After edging team-mate Nico Rosberg by just three hundredths of a second in opening practice for the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton made lighter work of the second session, taking top spot by almost four tenths of a second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo after Rosberg failed to take to the track due to car issues.
Rosberg pushed his chief championship rival hard in the morning session but his second 90 minutes of track was halted before it had begun, with Mercedes detecting a water leak in his car. The German did climb into his car again an hour into the session but when the engine was fired up another issue was found and he sat out the remainder of the session.
By contrast Hamilton’s session was smooth, with the defending champion setting his best time of 1:31.660 after 35 minutes, using the Soft compound Pirelli tyres. The time was marginally slower than his morning best of 1:31.654, set on the Medium tyre.
With Rosberg ruled out of the session, Ricciardo took second place 0.4s behind Hamilton, running the Briton closer than in the morning when Ricciardo was fifth and 1.1s behind the Mercedes driver.
The Australian’s team-mate Max Verstappen also made progress, finishing third after taking P7 in the FP1. The Dutch teenager’s time was almost a second quicker better than his best lap of the morning.
The Red Bull driver took third almost three tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who repeated his FP1 slot of fourth, nine tenths off Hamilton’s pace. The four-time champion’s team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen, ended the session in fifth, 0.166s ahead of the lead McLaren-Honda of Fernando Alonso.
After a quiet start to the weekend for Williams, with 12th and 13th positions respectively for Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa in FP1, the team improved in the afternoon with Bottas seventh and Massa 10th. Behind Bottas in eighth was Haas’ Romain Grosjean’s Haas with Jenson Button in the second McLaren ninth, though the Briton was seventh tenths of a second down on team-mate Alonso.
2016 British Grand Prix – Free Practice 2
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.660 36
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:32.051 30
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:32.286 36
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:32.570 40
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:32.736 38
6 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:33.040 31
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:33.493 38
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:33.614 32
9 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