Hamilton sets the pace but reliability concerns surface at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton 2014

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in second practice for Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

But the Mercedes driver was hit with reliability concerns after his car broke down on-track with oil pressure problems. The 2008 world champion remained top of the timesheets on a 1m34.508s, but with 30 minutes remaining in the session he missed valuable long-run experience.

Nico Rosberg was second in the sister Mercedes - and was able to complete a great deal more running - with Fernando Alonso third for Ferrari, just as he was in the morning.

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were next up in the Red Bulls, though in stark contrast to recent seasons at Silverstone they were over a second shy of top spot.

Valtteri Bottas was sixth for Williams, though he lost his engine cover late in the session, ahead of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen in the McLaren machines. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferarri) and Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso-Renault) completed the top 10.

Meanwhile both Rosberg and Ricciardo will visit the stewards’ office later after allegedly overtaking cars when under red flag conditions during the morning practice. Felipe Massa crashed heavily just before the 30-minute mark in FP1, and both drivers are believed to have overtaken after the session had been stopped.

British Grand Prix - Free Practice 2

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
  4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault)
  5. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
  6. Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes)
  7. Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)
  8. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren-Mercedes)
  9. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
  10. Jean-Eric Vergne(Toro Rosso-Renault)