F1: Tensions Heightened in MercedesAMG Team Garage
MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton set the pace in 2nd practice at the British Grand Prix as team-mate Nico Rosberg saw some mechanical trouble.
Mr. Rosberg, the world championship leader, failed to do a lap, his car suffered a water leak.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was second, 0.391 secs off Mr. Hamilton and 0.235 secs ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were next, with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in 6th.
British Grand Prix qualifying and the race will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.
Mr. Rosberg’s problems, which put him behind heading into qualifying Saturday because of a lack of preparation time, come against a backdrop of internal tension at Mercedes following the collision between the 2 drivers on the final lap of last Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.
Messrs Hamilton and Rosberg have been told they are on their final warning and that financial and sporting penalties may follow if they crash together again.
Mr. Rosberg has an 11-pt advantage over Mr. Hamilton after he dropped from 1st to 4th following his attempt to defend against the world champion at Turn 2 at the Red Bull Ring.
Mr. Hamilton won the race and Mr. Rosberg was penalized by stewards after being found at fault for the incident.
In the final part of FP2, the teams simulate the race, running heavy fuel loads.
As Mr. Rosberg sat in the garage with the gearbox out of the car, Mr. Hamilton’s initial pace on his 1st-stint race-simulation run on soft tires was initially very strong a sec or so faster than the Red Bulls.
Ferrari’s runs were not comparable as they ran different tires at different times.
An F1 analyst said Ferrari were struggling, adding: “It is Red Bull who are going to take the fight to Mercedes on today’s performance.”
Behind the Top 3 teams, Mr. Alonso’s pace gave McLaren encouragement.
Mr. Alonso said Thursday he was expecting to be qualifying in the Top 10 and scoring points again after 3 difficult races.
Honda’s engine has an upgrade on its intake system for this weekend, which has meant the use of 2 of the company’s permitted development chips.
McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, was struggling with a lack of grip and was 0.8 secs slower in 9th place despite setting his time much later in the session when the track would have been faster.
Williams’s Valtteri Bottas was 7th, ahead of an encouraging showing from the new Haas Team for Romain Grosjean in 8th.
Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were 15th and 16th, but they did not do qualifying simulation runs in the 2nd session and can be expected to be close to if not in the Top 10 in qualifying.
|HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE:||Overall||Short||Intermediate||Long|
|Neutral (-0.23)||Neutral (-0.24)||Bearish (-0.29)||Neutral (-0.15)|
Stay tuned…expect Silverstone to be another good race.
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