Rosberg quickest in Silverstone practice

Nico Rosberg topped both practice sessions at Silverstone

Nico Rosberg topped both practice sessions at Silverstone

Nico Rosberg emerged as the man to beat after topping the timesheets in practice ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Mercedes driver, who overcame a hydraulic problem to set the pace in opening practice, continued his impressive run by improving to post a 1:34.155s in the 90 minute afternoon session.

Rosberg’s effort, set on medium compound tyres, proved to be 0.4s quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth after struggling with the set up of his Mercedes.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen trailed Rosberg by 0.347s in second with the Finn marginally ahead of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Red Bull appeared to close the gap to sharp end of the grid with Daniil Kvyat fifth and Daniel Ricciardo sixth as the pair ran with a raft of upgrades on the RB11.

Max Verstappen impressed throughout as the teenager posted a time good enough for seventh, in front of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and his Toro Rosso opposite number Carlos Sainz Jr.

The Williams of Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10 with the Brazilian almost two seconds adrift of Rosberg’s pace.

Valtteri Bottas, who sat out Practice 1 in favour of Williams test driver Susie Wolff, was 12th behind the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.

Maldonado’s team-mate Romain Grosjean ended the day in 14th position after missing a chunk of Practice 2 when he beached the car in the Luffield gravel trap to cause the first of two stoppages.

Marussia’s Roberto Merhi almost produced a carbon copy of the incident in the final minutes of the session.

McLaren once again struggled for pace with Fernando Alonso 15th and Jenson Button 17th for the Woking-based team.

Result: Formula 1 British Grand Prix Practice 2, Silverstone

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.155s 34
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.502s +0.347s 29
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.522s +0.367s 27
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.621s +0.466s 23
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:35.009s +0.854s 25
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:35.153s +0.998s 22
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:35.300s +1.145s 36
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:35.387s +1.232s 34
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:35.866s +1.711s 37
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:36.147s +1.992s 33
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:36.164s +2.009s 32
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:36.183s +2.028s 33
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:36.351s +2.196s 29
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1:36.728s +2.573s 21
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:36.731s +2.576s 19
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:36.822s +2.667s 23
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:37.196s +3.041s 16
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:37.327s +3.172s 37
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:38.279s +4.124s 21
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1:39.878s 5.723s 21

Result: Formula 1 British Grand Prix Practice 1, Silverstone

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.274s 12
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.344s +0.070s 26
3 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:35.530s +1.256s 18
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.588s +1.314s 21
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:35.669s +1.395s 33
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:35.739s +1.465s 17
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:35.818s +1.544s 26
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:35.876s +1.602s 22
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:36.157s +1.883s 28
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:36.469s +2.195s 23
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:36.855s +2.581s 20
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:36.889s +2.615s 26
13 Susie Wolff Williams/Mercedes 1:37.242s +2.968s 19
14 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1:37.262s +2.988s 26
15 Raffaele Marciello Sauber/Ferrari 1:37.372s +3.098s 17
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:38.080s +3.806s 8
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:38.222s +3.948s 12
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:38.860s +4.586s 10
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:38.981s 4.707s 23
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1:40.477s +6.203s 23

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