Nico Rosberg, the winner of three of the last four races, maintained his advantage over his Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, on Friday, when he topped both practice sessions before Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Hamilton, second in the morning, was only fourth in the afternoon, when he was also slower than the Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. He made a final sector error on his low-fuel run. Rosberg was almost half a second quicker than Hamilton in the second outing, and the world champion and current championship leader – by 10 points – complained that “the car is all over the place”.
In the morning session, the German driver was frustrated by hydraulic problems. Hamilton took advantage to be the fastest driver over the first half-hour but had to settle for second place when Rosberg returned to post some fast late laps.
Once again Toro Rosso outgunned their senior partners Red Bull, with Max Verstappen coming third and Carlos Sainz fifth, split by Raikkonen’s Ferrari. Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat were seventh and eighth respectively.
Nico Hülkenberg was ninth, ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa. But there were more problems for McLaren, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button completing just 22 laps between them; they were beaten by the two Manor cars driven by Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi, although they managed to improve on that in the afternoon.
This article was written by Paul Weaver at Silverstone, for theguardian.com on Friday 3rd July 2015 17.08 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010