Rosberg sets quickest time in second British Grand Prix practice
British Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg looking for his second win in 2013
Mercedes look in good shape to claim another pole position after Nico Rosberg set the quickest time in a dry 2nd practice session at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix.
The German registered a 1:32:248 on the medium tyre to lead the way after the first practice session of the day proved to be pretty much a write off.
His Mercedes team-mate and home favourite Lewis Hamilton also looked strong and set the 4th fastest time of the session, raising hopes that the Briton could be on pole for his home Grand Prix, even if it is unlikely that he will be able to hold off the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull on race day.
Indeed the Red Bull’s also looked ominously quick as Mark Webber and championship leader Sebastian Vettel set the second and third quickest times respectively. The Milton Keynes bases outfit are expected to be quick on the high-speed corners of Silverstone and will be confident of being in the mix on Sunday.
It wasn’t plain sailing for rivals Ferrari however as Felipe Massa’s session came to an abrupt end on the hour mark.
The Brazilian looked to get the power down coming out of Stowe but put two wheels on the still-wet kerb which made the back of his car step out and sent him into the barriers.
The incident was his third in as many race weekends, and means that after a wet morning session Ferrari haven’t been able to collect as much information about how their car will run on Saturday and Sunday as they would have liked.
The majority of the field settled in for heavy fuel runs on the medium tyre towards the end of the session as times being to stagnate.
The likes of Mercedes and McLaren appeared keen to eek the most out of second free practice as they went on long runs towards the end, while Torro Rosso and Force India showed they could be in contention for serious points this weekend.
Daniel Ricciardo, who topped the timesheets in the morning, was 6th fastest just ahead of team-mate Jean-Eric Verne, both of whom looked quick early on while seemingly on lighter fuel loads.
Adrian Sutil was 8th having also briefly set the fastest time earlier on in the session.
Further down the timesheet, McLaren offered little to suggest they can make an impact this weekend with Sergio Perez and Jenson Button well off the pace.
World Championship contenders Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen also appeared to be playing their cards close to their chest as they set the 10th and 13th quickest times respectively. Both should be in the mix for at least a podium finish on raceday.
FP2 lap times:
Nico Rosberg- 1:32.248
Mark Webber - 1:32.547
Sebastian Vettel - 1:32.680
Paul di Resta- 1:32.832
Lewis Hamilton - 1:32.911
Daniel Ricciardo - 1:33.171
Jean-Eric Vergne - 1:33.290
Adrian Sutil - 1:33.313
Romain Grosjean - 1:33.3221.074
Fernando Alonso - 1:33.494
Jenson Button - 1:33.740
Nico Hulkenberg - 1:33.896
Kimi Räikkönen - 1:34.120
Sergio Perez- 1:34.130
Esteban Gutierrez - 1:34.998
Valtteri Bottas - 1:35.070
Pastor Maldonado - 1:35.127
Jules Bianchi- 1:35.802
Giedo van der Garde1:35.984
Charles Pic - 1:36.079
Max Chilton - 1:37.329
Felipe Massa- 1:43.466