Webber keeps Red Bull on top

Mark Webber maintained Red Bull’s dominance at Silverstone by topping the second free practice session.

The Australian was untouched at the top of the time sheets with a lap time of 1:31.234 – nearly four tenths of a second faster than Fernando Alonso; who appeared to find pace after a difficult morning session for Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel underlined Red Bull’s pace in third, with Felipe Massa making full use of Ferrari’s decision to use its f-duct system in fourth.

With searing temperatures around the Northamptonshire circuit, drivers got their first taste of the soft compound and began to improve on their morning efforts.

However, as the wind had a considerable influence on track conditions, the majority of drivers appeared content to focus on their race pace, with very few fast laps set throughout the session. This appeared to be the case for the McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, who found themselves well down the order.

Although Button was relatively quiet, Hamilton continued to push hard and was again caught out by the slippery surface and the various bumps. However, as in the first session, the 25-year-old was not alone, with the likes of Felipe Massa spinning at The loop corner.

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were fifth and sixth for Mercedes, with Vitaly Petrov continuing to show promise for Renault in seventh.

Lotus once again endured a frustrating session, with Jarno Trulli completing only three laps after a gearbox problem and Heikki Kovalainen’s car suffering a power steering failure.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Time              Laps
1.   Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:31.234            15
2.   Alonso         Ferrari                1:31.626  + 0.392   26
3.   Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:31.875  + 0.641   24
4.   Massa          Ferrari                1:32.099  + 0.865   25
5.   Rosberg        Mercedes               1:32.166  + 0.932   29
6.   Schumacher     Mercedes               1:32.660  + 1.426   27
7.   Petrov         Renault                1:32.745  + 1.511   28
8.   Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:32.757  + 1.523   22
9.   Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:32.787  + 1.553   27
10.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:32.967  + 1.733   32
11.  Kubica         Renault                1:33.019  + 1.785   30
12.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:33.164  + 1.930   28
13.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:33.200  + 1.966   24
14.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:33.402  + 2.168   23
15.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:33.728  + 2.494   27
16.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:33.836  + 2.602   36
17.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:34.051  + 2.817   29
18.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:34.643  + 3.409   36
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:35.465  + 4.231   25
20.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:36.237  + 5.003   24
21.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:36.553  + 5.319   21
22.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth           1:37.019  + 5.785   27
23.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth           1:38.303  + 7.069   32
24.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:42.901  + 11.667  3