Rosberg fastest in British GP practice
By Alan Baldwin
SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - The home crowd were cheering for Lewis Hamilton but Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg was the man on top of the timesheets in both free practice sessions for the British Grand Prix on Friday.
The German was a mere 0.070 faster than the double Formula One world champion in a troubled morning session but comfortably quicker in the afternoon when Hamilton was fourth and behind the Ferraris.
Rosberg, 10 points behind double world champion Hamilton after eight of the season's 19 races, lapped with a best time of one minute 34.274 seconds on a bright and hot morning at Silverstone and 1:34.155 in the afternoon.
Winner of three of the last four races, Rosberg had sat out much of the first session as mechanics changed his car's gearbox due to a hydraulic fault that stopped him on track with just five laps done.
Mercedes were reprimanded for covering up the car, against the rules, when it was returned to the paddock.
He had time for only 12 laps once the car had been fixed, compared to Hamilton's 26, but made up for lost time by getting quickly up to speed.
Hamilton, who can expect to have huge support from an expected 140,000-strong crowd on Sunday, had an early spin at Stowe without consequence but struggled with the setup after lunch.
"The car is all over the place. I can't go any faster than I am right now," he said over the radio. Rosberg was, meanwhile, told to cool the car. Continued...