Hamilton Quickest In Silverstone Despite Early Retirement

The Mercedes duo swapped their order from this morning’s practice session and Lewis Hamilton took the fastest lap time, despite retiring with thirty minutes left on the clock. Closing the 0.7s gap which stood between leader Rosberg and Hamilton this morning, Hamilton finished the afternoon practice running with a lead of 0.2s.

Max Chilton and Valtteri Bottas were the first men to grace the track this afternoon and the opening minutes proved more straight-forward than the morning. Romain Grosjean eventually broke the relative peace by going off-road in his Lotus, although he managed to keep the nose of his car out of the barriers and returned to the track.

Lewis Hamilton wasn’t as lucky when he hit bad luck and, just four corners after coming out of the pits, he pulled over and climbed from his cockpit. Paddy Lowe confirmed that it was an oil pressure problem which triggered the engine shut-down, almost a mirror copy of Susie Wolff’s incident, but said that Lewis was not using his race engine today, meaning it will not affect his race.

Jean-Eric Vergne was the next man to return to the pits prematurely as, after thirteen laps of solid running, his front left tyre came loose and forced him to pull off the track. Only minutes later, Valtteri Bottas suffered a bizarre engine cover failure on the left hand side of his car, while Marcus Ericsson suffered one on the right hand side of his Caterham, the former pulling into the pitlane and the latter pulling his car off at the old pit lane.

With rain predicted for tomorrow but not Sunday, today is expected to be the last day of dry-running for the drivers before the race. Could his limited running cost Hamilton as he battles Rosberg for another home victory?

Free Practice Two results:

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Fernando Alonso
  4. Daniel Ricciardo
  5. Sebastian Vettel
  6. Valtteri Bottas
  7. Jenson Button
  8. Kevin Magnussen
  9. Kimi Raikkonen
  10. Jean-Eric Vergne
  11. Felipe Massa
  12. Daniil Kvyat
  13. Esteban Gutierrez
  14. Pastor Maldonado
  15. Romain Grosjea
  16. Sergio Perez
  17. Nico Hulkenberg
  18. Adrian Sutil
  19. Jules Bianchi
  20. Kamui Kobayashi
  21. Max Chilton
  22. Marcus Ericsson

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG F1 Team.

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