GP Gran Bretagna, libere del venerdì–08/07/2016
British GP: Hamilton fastest as Rosberg’s Mercedes sidelined
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in second practice for the British Grand Prix as his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg failed to turn a wheel.
Reigning world champion Hamilton clocked a 1m31.660s on the soft tyre, which was 0.006 seconds slower than his leading time on F1’s medium compound in the morning session at Silverstone.
He finished 0.391s clear of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, with Max Verstappen, who set the fastest first sector overall but made a mistake on his quick lap at Copse, third.
Mercedes found a water leak on Rosberg’s car and though the team initially started getting ready to send him out, it called it a day halfway through the session to conduct a full investigation.
Hamilton set the early pace with a 1m33.505s on the mediums, 0.191s ahead of Ricciardo, and then improved by nearly two seconds when he bolted on the softs.
The Briton, whose leading time was nearly six tenths quicker than his 2015 pole position time, then turned his attention to long runs for the remainder of the session.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest, nine tenths off the pace and one tenth clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, whose 2017 contract extension was announced on Friday morning.
Ferrari split its long-run programme with Vettel running the medium and Raikkonen the hards before both cars swapped to the soft for a final stint.
Fernando Alonso was an impressive sixth for McLaren, 1.380s off the pace, but his team-mate Jenson Button had a frustrating session in front of his home crowd.
After Button returned to the track after a lengthy spell in the garage mid-session, he was recalled to the pits after reporting something strange with the power.
The team got the Briton back out in the closing stages of the session on the softs and he ended up ninth, 2.1s off Hamilton’s benchmark.
Valtteri Bottas was the leading Williams in seventh, ahead of Romain Grosjean with Felipe Massa completing the top 10 behind Button.
Esteban Gutierrez got his first chance to drive this weekend, after handing his Haas over to Charles Leclerc in FP1, and ended up 12th.
Daniil Kvyat, who was 13th quickest, had an off-track excursion after he clobbered a kerb and broke his Toro Rosso’s front wing as he arrived at Club sideways.
PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m32.051s||0.391s||30|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m32.286s||0.626s||36|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m33.840s||2.180s||27|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m34.139s||2.479s||35|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.321s||2.661s||35|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.356s||2.696s||37|
British GP: Hamilton pips Mercedes F1 team-mate Rosberg in FP1
Lewis Hamilton narrowly pipped Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to top spot in first practice for the British Grand Prix.
Under cloudy skies at Silverstone, with both air and track temperatures low, both Hamilton and Rosberg ran only F1’s medium-compound tyres during the 90 minutes.
The duo traded fast laps early, before Hamilton posted the quickest time of 1m31.654s, finishing just 0.033 seconds clear of Rosberg.
Both drivers set times faster than Hamilton’s 2015 pole lap – 1m32.248s – and completed the session with long runs on used mediums, Rosberg doing a 23-lap stint and Hamilton 20.
Mercedes’ nearest rivals were again some distance off the pace, with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari just over eight tenths down.
Hulkenberg finished just 0.009s clear of fellow German Vettel who offered a glimpse of the updated halo cockpit protection device with a single installation lap at the start of the session.
In contrast to Hamilton and Rosberg, Vettel did not use the medium-compound tyre at any stage, instead starting out on the hards before concluding with softs.
The rest of the field were then all more than one second off the pace, headed by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen, who was confirmed as a Ferrari driver for 2017 before practice.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez for Force India, Carlos Sainz Jr in his Toro Rosso and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso were all two seconds inside Hamilton’s leading time, as they completed the top 10.
Beyond that, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was 11th quickest, with Jenson Button next up for McLaren, while Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa had to settle for a lowly 13th and 14th.
In his first run in an F1 car on a grand prix weekend, driving Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, Charles Leclerc had a spin early on his way to the 18th-fastest time, 4.2s off the pace.
Renault also fielded its reserve in Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon, with the 19-year-old Frenchman a tenth of a second down on Leclerc in 19th.
FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:
|3||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.492s||0.838s||30|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m32.773s||1.119s||30|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.202s||1.548s||22|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m33.235s||1.581s||30|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m33.446s||1.792s||19|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m33.738s||2.084s||20|