Nico Rosberg was fastest for Mercedes in Free Practice 2 ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix. The rain that blighted FP1 had eased come the afternoon and did nothing to deter the 80,000+ spectators at the Northamptonshire circuit.
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were 2nd and 3rd for Red Bull and exhibited some impressive long-run speed at the end of the session, while Paul Di Resta was fastest of the British drivers ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who was suffering with tyre degradation once his car was full of fuel.
Toro Rosso again impressed in the overcast conditions, with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean Eric Vergne comfortably within 1.5 of the fastest time, but it was more of a struggle for Ferrari as Fernando Alonso finished down in 10th and Felipe Massa crashed his Ferrari just before Club Corner.
McLaren showed almost no improvement on their Canadian debacle as Jenson Button and Sergio Perez inexplicably sat out most of the session in the garage, and ended up 11th and 14th.
“On one lap the car is still quick, so qualifying should be okay. But the question mark is our race speed. We practised the race speed today and it felt decent so far. But it could be a completely different picture on Sunday as the weather should be a lot warmer, so we don’t know where we are right now compared to the others.” Nico Rosberg
“We had quite a challenging day today and definitely have more to learn tomorrow. I’m struggling a little with the balance of my car so there’s some work to do overnight to get us into shape for qualifying. We haven’t quite got it hooked up yet and you can really tell that on this circuit, particularly with Becketts and Maggots.” Lewis Hamilton
“In the end we got what we could out of it. I think that both Seb and I ran different compounds and got the information we need for the race. Today we did a snapshot of work for tomorrow, but mostly the focus was for Sunday. I think the race will be quite tight, to be honest I don’t think there’s anyone charging away.” Mark Webber
“I think overall we can be pretty happy, it was a good day. Obviously it was important to get some laps in the dry as we expect dry conditions on Sunday. Now we need to have a look at what we can improve, have a look what the others did and then we’ll know a little bit more for tomorrow. Today we tried to do both short and long runs.” Sebastian Vettel
“We didn’t run very much this morning, but with dry conditions expected for the weekend I think we’ve learned as much as anyone. The focus tonight is to keep improving because there’s still some more speed in the car. We also need to remember that it’s likely to be quite a lot hotter tomorrow so it’s hard to predict how that will impact on things.” Paul Di Resta
“We’re reasonably happy with everything today. We put quite a lot of effort into testing the new Device with feels pretty okay. I only ran with the development and hard tyre so didn’t go for a faster lap, but it didn’t feel too bad and we can work out where everything will be once we put it all together.” Kimi Raikkonen
“Our programme for today was no different to usual and as normal, it was important to gather data relating to tyre behaviour, which here too will be the key factor. At Silverstone, you need an aerodynamic package that is suited to the combination of fast corners that are the main feature at this track. The strategy will have to be impeccable and in order to make the right choice for the race, we will have to take into account the fact that on Sunday we can expect very different conditions to those we saw today, because the track will definitely be drier and the temperatures higher.” Fernando Alonso
“I am very disappointed about what happened today as the accident cost me valuable time, especially in terms of getting an understanding of the tyre behaviour here at Silverstone. At the exit of the corner, I found myself on a piece of track that was still very damp and I lost control of the car: at that time, the prototype Hard Pirellis that we could use today, were not yet up to temperature and I couldn’t avoid the impact.” Felipe Massa
“I think we got in all the running that we needed this afternoon, and we managed to get through most of our programme – including some running on Pirelli’s test tyre. The car doesn’t feel too bad out there, and the balance is reasonable – it’s better than it was in Canada – but we’re still some way off the pace. Still, the engineers have lots of data to analyse, so they’ll be able to find out whether the new parts have made the improvements that they’d predicted.” Jenson Button
“The day got off to a slow start which set us back a little in terms of our programme, but we’ve made some good progress this afternoon, particularly with some more long-range set-up work in the wet. No doubt that will come in handy at a couple of the remaining European rounds. It will be good to tackle the circuit in the dry tomorrow and properly assess how the car will perform here.” Max Chilton
TIMES – FREE PRACTICE 2 – BRITISH GP
|4||Di Resta||Force India||+0.584|
|19||Van Der Garde||Caterham||+3.736|