June 28th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - After a thoroughly wet FP1 session this morning, 11 Formula One teams took advantage of much more favourable conditions in the second practice session for this weekend's British Grand Prix. Most of the drivers completed at least 30 laps each, using the dry conditions to make up for a lack of running this morning.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg set the pace, with a quickest time of 1:32.248. The lap times were fair for dry conditions, but by no means startlingly quick. As the track rubbers in and temperatures rise through to Sunday, the times are likely to fall. The pole position time tomorrow afternoon could be as much as two seconds faster than Rosberg's quickest time today.
Silverstone specialist Mark Webber finished the session second for Red Bull, marginally ahead of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Paul Di Resta showed that Force India are looking strong by setting the fourth fastest time ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes.
Toro Rosso are also looking quick, with Ricciardo and Vergne sixth and seventh. After the news in recent days that Mark Webber will be leaving Formula One at the end of the season, both Toro Rosso drivers will be keen to show that they have the tools to replace Webber in the senior Red Bull team.
Felipe Massa's practice woes continued with yet another crash. The Brazilian crashed during practice in Monaco and Canada and followed those accidents up by taking the nose off his Ferrari on the exit of Stowe corner this afternoon. He seemed to just push too hard too early with tyres that were not quite up to temperature and lost the back-end of his car on the exit of Stowe. The ensuing slide took him across to the inside of the track where he broke the right-front suspension and front wing against the barrier close to the pit entry.
Many drivers were understeering in the high-speed parts of the track due to heavy graining on their front tyres. The cool temperatures make it difficult to warm the tyres up, which leads to sliding across the track surface. The result is graining - balls of rubber that move across the surface of the tyre and and reduce grip. Graining is likely to be an issue again tomorrow, but with temperatures forecast to be higher on Sunday, the problem could disappear in the race.
Full results from FP2:
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:32.547||0.299||26|
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:32.680||0.432||31|
|4||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:32.832||0.584||34|
|8||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:33.313||1.065||34|
|19||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:35.984||3.736||32|