Rosberg stays ahead in second session

By on Friday, July 29, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes Nico Rosberg maintained his advantage as he led the way during the second practice session for the German Grand Prix.

Rosberg, on the Super Soft tyres, registered a time of 1:15.614, a tenth slower than his effort from the morning, to finish 0.394s up on Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes’ rivals made progress compared to their earlier classifications, as Sebastian Vettel was third, 0.594s behind Rosberg, with Max Verstappen fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Räikkönen were the only other drivers to lap within a second of Rosberg’s best time, as they secured fifth and sixth respectively.

Nico Hülkenberg enjoyed a brief spell at the top of the standings having been the first driver to switch to the Super Soft tyres, after initial runs were completed on the Soft compound.

McLaren took eighth and 10th with Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso sandwiching Force India’s Sergio Pérez.

Button spent the bulk of the latter stages of the session in the pit lane, completing only 16 laps.

McLaren confirmed after the session that "Jenson complained of an eye irritation during FP2, and has gone to Mannheim hospital to have a precautionary check-up."

Toro Rosso was 11th and 12th courtesy of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat, as Valtteri Bottas placed 13th for Williams.

Romain Grosjean was 14th, his session interrupted by a water leak, in front of Felipe Massa and Esteban Gutiérrez, who returned to action after Charles Leclerc’s FP1 run.

Kevin Magnussen took 17th, as Marcus Ericsson edged out Pascal Wehrlein for 18th spot.

Jolyon Palmer, who stepped aside for Esteban Ocon in FP1, Rio Haryanto and Felipe Nasr completed the pack, with the Sauber driver some seven-tenths adrift of his Manor rival.

There were no major incidents during the 90-minute session, which took place in dry conditions, but drivers have been warned over exceeding track limits on the exit of Turn 1.

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