Rosberg Leads Final Silverstone Practice

Mercedes’ Nico Hulkenberg topped the timesheets at the final practice session ahead of the British Grand Prix. He traded fastest laps with  team-mate Hamilton but the German finally finished ahead of local boy Lewis. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was third, also narrowly beating team-mate Mark Webber while Romain Grosjean finished fifth for Lotus.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in seventh and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen in eighth. Adrian Sutil was ninth for Force India whose factory is based at Silverstone, while Paul di Resta in the other Force India was also in the top ten.

Jean-Eric Vergne was eleventh for Toro Rosso while twelfth was the highest McLaren could manage with Jenson Button. Pastor Maldonado was thirteenth for Williams who are celebrating their 600th Grand Prix this weekend, with Nico Hulkenberg fourteenth for Sauber and Felipe Massa fifteenth for Ferrari, boxing mid-session to replace his engine on precautionary grounds and missing the rest of the session.

Valtteri Bottas was sixteenth ahead of Esteban Gutierrez in seventeenth and Sergio Perez in eighteenth who endured a tough session for McLaren. Charles Pic was highest of the backmarkers, taking nineteenth for Caterham while Jules Bianchi finished twentieth for Marussia. His team-mate Max Chilton who is celebrating his first home Grand Prix, finished ahead of Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde who finished twenty-second and last.

Sergio Perez held the talking point of the session when his rear tear exploded on the exit of Copse corner. The Mexican crawled through the Maggots/Becketts section before finally pulling off the track at the top of the Hangar straight. A red flag was thrown while marshalls cleared the debris from the incident while the world once again turned their attention to Pirelli. Perez made it back to the track with eight minutes remaining but spun through the Maggots/Becketts section on his first timed lap and returned to the pits.

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