Lewis Hamilton once again topped the second practice for this weekend’s British Grand Prix from the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. The world champion was .3 of a second faster than Ricciardo with Verstappen a further .3 behind.
Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg was unable to run during the session because of technical problems. Mercedes said to begin with it was a water leak preventing the German from running but it later emerged that another unspecified problem on his car then required checks which couldn’t be completed before the chequered flag.
This means that Rosberg will go into Sunday’s race without doing any long runs with not much time in tomorrow mornings final session. Red Bull looked strong on their long runs proving they could be a treat in the race on Sunday.
Red Bull looked to have strong aerodynamics with their race simulations looking similar to the Mercedes on the soft tyres.
Sebastian Vettel was fourth following his gearbox issues in FP1 with him being nine tenths off the pace ahead of Kimi Raikkonen a further tenth behind. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was sixth giving the team a strong showing but it was a different story for Jenson Button
Button’s McLaren had a in unusual power delivery problem that kept him in the garage for some time, and then obliged him to pit again when he tried a lap. He lapped in 1m 33.763s to take ninth. Honda have brought a engine update for this race.
Williams were seventh and 10th, with Romain Grosjean a strong eighth quickest for Haas. While it was a good session for most of British based teams and drivers Jolyon Palmer could only manage eighteenth in the Renault behind Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.
Force India who are based just across the road were well off there normal pace with Nico Hulkenberg fifteenth and Sergio Perez sixteenth. The team didn’t manage qualifying simulation runs in the second session and can be expected to be close to if not in the top 10 in qualifying.