Lewis Hamilton was the quickest man during the British Grand Prix Practice today, after team mate Nico Rosberg hit problems in the afternoon.
Hamilton posted a fast lap time of 1m31.654s in the morning session, where Rosberg went just three hundredths slower before sustaining a problem with his ERS deployment at the end of Practice 1, which put him out of the entirety of Practice 2.
Mercedes were comfortably 1.8 seconds ahead of the next best team Red Bull throughout the session, while Ferrari struggled with tyre temperature issues on the cold track. The Scarlet Red cars also drew heads when they sent out Sebastian Vettel with what looked like the second version of the ‘Halo’ extra cockpit protection.
The team brought it to Austria but didn’t run it, but in the opening stages of Practice 1 they ran it as an evaluation to see how good the visibility is, and to gather feedback for the upcoming consultation about the concept between the teams.
Vettel finished fourth fastest in both sessions, despite ending the morning with a gearbox problem. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth quickest, having put in some long runs on the Soft tyre during the latter stages of the afternoon.
Daniel Ricciardo managed to get within four tenths of Hamilton on the Soft tyre, which put him second quickest in the afternoon session ahead of Max Verstappen.
Also switching to the Soft tyre during the long runs was Jenson Button, who after the success of last weekends qualifying result in Austria seemed to lack grip on the Medium compound tyre as the temperatures rose. His balance improved somewhat when he switched to the Soft tyre, ending up 9th fastest in front of the home crowed.
Only one drama occurred during the session when Daniil Kvyat encountered more problems with kerbs, when he spun his Toro Rosso exiting Club corner and broke the support pillars. Charles Leclerc also spun at Turn 2 when he substituted Esteban Gutierrez, finishing 18th overall ahead of Esteban Ocon who was in at Renault instead of Kevin Magnussen.
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