Hamilton fastest as Rosberg hits trouble

Fri Jul 8, 2016 2:25pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a perfect start to his home British Formula One Grand Prix on Friday while car troubles left Mercedes team mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg stranded in the garage.

Triple world champion Hamilton was quickest in both practice sessions, with a best time of one minute 31.654 seconds on a cloudy and grey morning followed by a 1:31.660 after lunch.

Both times were quicker than the Briton's 2015 pole time of 1:32.248.

Hamilton, 11 points behind Rosberg after nine of 21 races, is hoping to win for the third year in a row at Silverstone and fourth time in total.

"It's been a great first day," he said. "Lots of positive steps forward with the balance of the car...coming through Maggotts and Becketts then down through Stowe, I was actually yelling in my helmet, it's that exciting."

Rosberg, who was blamed by stewards for a controversial last-lap collision at the Austrian Grand Prix that brought a 'final warning' from Mercedes bosses for both drivers, was second in the morning in 1:31.687.

However, he was last on the timesheets in the afternoon, without a lap to his credit as mechanics removed his car's floor and worked on a water leak.

A team spokesman said the car needed more detailed checks which could not be completed during practice, forcing the German to sit out the session.   Continued...

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during practice
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