Silverstone, FP2: Rosberg on top as Massa crashes

Rosberg was quickest for Mercedes


By Olivier Ferret

28 June 2013 - 16:34
Silverstone, FP2: Rosberg on top as (...)

Mercedes Nico Rosberg rose to the top of the Silverstone timesheet with a lap of 1:32.248 shortly after the halfway point in FP2. With drivers predominantly concentrating on long runs after that point his time went unchallenged. Mark Webber was his closest rival, three-tenths of a second behind, followed by Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Fourth place was taken by Paul di Resta for Force India, fifth was Rosberg’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The Toro Rosso duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne were up next, sixth and seventh respectively, ahead of the second Force India of Adrian Sutil in eighth. Romain Grosjean finished the session ninth for Lotus and Fernando Alonso rounded-out the top ten.

The session began on a wet track with drivers going out on intermediate tyres but it became apparent early that a dry line was forming. Vergne was the first driver to make the switch onto the hard compound slick, just eight minutes into the session.

In the early stages the track, while too dry to run inters without risking damage, was marginal for slicks, with several drivers struggling for grip. Sutil, Di Resta and then Webber each went fastest in those conditions but the drama was supplied by Felipe Massa. The Ferrari driver snapped into the barriers at Stowe, ripping off his nosecone and badly damaging the front suspension. Yellow flags were out for four minutes as his stricken Ferrari was cleared from the pitlane entrance.

Once the track was clear, Rosberg went to the top of the order, closely shadowed by Hamilton – but with the halfway point looming cars were beginning to switch to the faster medium compound. Vettel briefly took P1 before being supplanted by Rosberg, and with half an hour remaining, Webber sneaked in between them. That was the final serious change to the order.

“On one lap the car is still quick, so qualifying should be okay,” said Rosberg, “but the question mark is our race speed. We practised the race speed today and it felt decent so far. But it could be a completely different picture on Sunday as the weather should be a lot warmer, so we don’t know where we are right now compared to the others. I’m still quite confident that we can have a good weekend in front of our fans, our colleagues and their families.”

01 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1:32.248 32
02 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 1:32.547 +0.299 26
03 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 1:32.680 +0.432 31
04 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 1:32.832 +0.584 34
05 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:32.911 +0.663 28
06 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 1:33.171 +0.923 34
07 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 1:33.290 +1.042 38
08 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 1:33.313 +1.065 34
09 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 1:33.322 +1.074 38
10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:33.494 +1.246 32
11 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1:33.740 +1.492 29
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 1:33.896 +1.648 36
13 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 1:34.120 +1.872 30
14 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 1:34.130 +1.882 29
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 1:34.998 +2.750 32
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 1:35.070 +2.822 29
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 1:35.127 +2.879 35
18 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 1:35.802 +3.554 27
19 Giedo Van der Garde Caterham Renault 1:35.984 +3.736 32
20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 1:36.079 +3.831 35
21 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 1:37.329 +5.081 33
22 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:43.466 +11.218 7

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