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Summary

  1. Vettel fastest in second practice
  2. Hamilton struggling in cool, windy conditions, Button out
  3. Many cars lost control under braking
  4. Get involved & vote: when was F1's best era? #bbcf1
  5. Ferrari boss nearly run over by Massa in FP1

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and bye for now

We're done for the day. That was a pretty satisfactory start to the weekend, with cars off left, right and centre and the Mercedes very much under pressure from the Ferraris, which may be fragile but are at least very quick.

We're back with you tomorrow from 09:30 BST, kicking off with third practice and then qualifying from 13:00.

In the meantime, here's another picture of Keke Rosberg.

Truly, the 1980s were wonderful.

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Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

So, people complain about fuel- and tyre-management. But what won best F1 era in BBC vote? The '80s. Go figure.

It had to be, didn't it? Vote result

The votes are in, and I have to say I'm not wholly surprised that the decade that gave us all THIS...

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Senna and Prost
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... has been named the best F1 era by you, esteemed readers.

A convincing 33.5% voted for the 1980s, with the 1990s second (23.3%) and 2000s in third (21.6%).

Thanks for your votes.

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Force India on Twitter: A solid day of work at the track today, with the rain mercifully staying away. 95 laps on the board for us this afternoon!

FP2 times

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FP2 - 11-20

11 Sainz, 12 Kvyat, 13 Ericsson, 14 Bottas, 15 Massa, 16 Alonso, 17 Ricciardo, 18 Button, 19 Stevens, 20 Merhi

FP2 - top 10

1 Vettel, 2 Rosberg, 3 Raikkonen, 4 Maldonado, 5 Hamilton, 6 Hulkenberg, 7 Grosjean, 8 Verstappen, 9 Nasr, 10 Sainz

Chequered flag

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Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

"They've stopped Alonso going out too to prevent his engine getting damaged. We're not sure if that means Button's engine is damaged, but they're certainly looking like they'll have to remove it. More questions than answers at the end of another bad day."

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Maldonado off at turn three

Pastor Maldonado of Lotus has been one of the stars of this session, up in P4, but he cannot escape without a quick run through the scenery.

He locks up into turn three and rumbles through the gravel before rejoining via an escape road.

Teasing us down at Williams

Williams tell Felipe Massa on the radio: "No fuel saving now, flat out to the end."

Oh to hear those words come Sunday afternoon.

Sauber on Twitter: Only 10 minutes remaining in FP2. Marcus went out for another long-run on supersoft tyres.

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#bestf1era - 2000s

Your final memory-jogger is for the 2000s.

Giancarlo Fisichella has your year-2000 model...

Giancarlo Fisichella's Benetton, 2000 testing
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While the 2009 McLaren of Lewis Hamilton closes out the noughties.

Lewis Hamilton in his 2009 McLaren, Brazil
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Get involved - #bestf1era

Oliver George: For me the current era (2010-2014) of F1 is best: It's on TV, it's developing, it's exciting. It's happening now...

Ahmet Douas: Has to be the screaming Honda V12s in 1991. Its amazing to watch videos of Senna and Berger manually downshifting!

Alessandro Martins: 80s - where drivers made the difference. After this decade, the technology changed everything…

Mercedes on Twitter: With 10mins to run, it's practice starts and pit stop rehearsals on the menu for FP2 dessert...

All over down at McLaren

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

At McLaren: "Game over. Both cars in the garage. They are not telling us much - you can probably assume it's a Honda issue. Nobody left on the pit wall."

Speed trap times

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Force India on Twitter: Both drivers out on longer runs so don't expect times to improve, as the clock marks 15 minutes left.

#bestf1era - 1990s

The 1990s began like this...

Nigel Mansell in his Ferrari in 1990
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And bowed out looking rather like this...

Damon Hill's 1999 Jordan during testing
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Formula 1 on Twitter: Plenty of cars have experienced problems on Spielberg's turns today and Roberto Merhi is the latest

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#bestf1era - 1980s

Your reminders for the Eighties are as follows...

The 1980 Ensign driven here by Clay Regazzoni...

Clay Regazzoni in his Unipart Racing Team Ensign N180 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 at Long Beach in 1980
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Through to 1989 and an image as iconic as they come: Ayrton Senna's yellow helmet at the wheel of a McLaren.

Ayrton Senna's 1989 McLaren at Monaco
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Gearbox problem for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, currently top of the order, is informed of a gearbox problem over the team radio and is told to return to the pits.

"Anything I can do on the track?" the four-time champion asks.

"Negative, just slow down and box," comes the reply.

That is his second issue of the day having stopped with a similar issue just four laps into FP1.

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BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

More problems for Jenson Button and Honda...

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Top six and gaps

1 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1:09.600

2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +0.011s

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +0.260s

4 Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) +0.314s

5 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +0.537s

6 Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) +0.667s

#bestf1era - 1970s

Into the 1970s we go, which began with cars sporting rear- and front-wing elements of a style that would become commonplace as the decade wore on. Here's Jochen Rindt, world champion in 1970, at the wheel of his Lotus.

Jochen Rindt in his 1970 Lotus-Cosworth 72C at Brands Hatch
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By 1979, ground-effect aerodynamics were all the rage, as demonstrated here by Gilles Villeneuve in his Ferrari at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Gilles Villeneuve in his Ferrari at the Spanish Grand Prix in 1979
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Kimi Raikkonen team radio

Team: "Headwind into Turn eight has changed direction."

Get involved - #bestf1era

Richard Geary: 1960s racing meant RACING. Drivers were racing in F1, F2, Saloon & sports cars at the same meeting. Magic Days.

Terry C: 1967 - No ads, 4-wheel drifts, no aero, nose-to tail, late braking, overtaking, suspension, tyres last. Just like real cars.

Barry Dunne: Has to be the '80s and early '90s. More teams, more drivers, more drama, less predictable.

Sir Jackie Stewart, 1967
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More McLaren bother

Jenson Button has pulled into the pits, reporting a loss of power in the Honda engine. He's out the car and his session looks done after 17 laps.

The Briton is down in 18th at present, ahead of only the Manors, and is 2.3secs off the pace.

Team-mate Fernando Alonso is four tenths better off in 16th in the McLaren sporting the new nose cone.

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Sainz escapes at turn five

Carlos Sainz has done a rare thing today. He's gone off track and actually found some gravel to bounce through.

Who left that there?

The Spaniard was bouncing through the kitty litter and on course for a tap into the barriers, but an escape road came to his aid at the last minute, his car gripping to the asphalt and turning sharply away from the tyre barrier.

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Ferrari back on top, Lotus looking strong

This session is proving very much that Mercedes have a big fight on their hands this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton is all at sea - he just cannot get the car nailed down through the corners.

Team-mate Nico Rosberg looks better, but he is still being run close by the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, who is currently fastest on a 1:09.600.

Meanwhile, Lotus look good, as they did in Canada, and currently have Pastor Maldonado in fourth on a 1:09.9.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton
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Mercedes on Twitter: Another wobble from Lewis: this time at T9. Not quite hooking it up yet but there's still time...

Rosberg into P1, Hamilton struggling

Nico Rosberg has gone top with a 1:09.611, a quarter of a second up on Kimi Raikkonen, both set on the super-soft tyre.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, has had a run of very scruffy laps since switching to the supersoft.

He's twice lost it through the final turn and also into turn one.

Very, very ragged from the championship leader.

Sauber on Twitter: Off we go again. First run on supersoft tyres for Marcus, Felipe following soon.

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Get involved - #bestf1era

Richey Clarke: The last turbo era. Over 1100bhp, H pattern G box. Minimal downforce. How they kept them on the circuit I'll never know.

Russ Hawker: Has to be the 1980s. Prost, Senna, Piquet, Mansell, Lauda, Rosberg.

Martijn vd Graaf: No doubt, the Prost/Senna battles where legendary. And not only on the track. F1's greatest drivers.

Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna
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Mercedes to do supersoft runs

Right, this should be telling. Let's see where Mercedes come out relative to Ferrari when they post a lap on the quicker rubber.

Manor on Twitter: Red rubber boots up next for Will.

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Raikkonen fastest on supersofts

P1 goes to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who sets a 1:09.860 on his first run on the Pirelli supersofts.

The Finn is the first man on to the red-walled rubber and it seems him go 0.277 quicker than Hamilton.

On his latest attempt, Raikkonen got it badly wrong through the final two turns, running up onto the kerbs and off the circuit. He continues on his way.

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Alonso's first new-nose lap

Alonso does a 1:11.5 in his McLaren, which is sporting a revised nose section. That lap briefly put him in the top 10 but he's back down to 13th now - 1.6secs off the pace.

Toro Rosso team radio

Carlos Sainz: I don't know what happened at turn one, as soon as I hit the brakes I locked the tyre. The tyres are really weird."

Sainz has gone off twice at turn one inside the first half-hour of this session.

#bestf1era - 1960s

Into the 1960s and cars are now becoming smaller, lower and lighter beasts, as demonstrated here by the Lotus of Innes Ireland at the 1960 British Grand Prix.

Innes Ireland in his Lotus at the 1960 British Grand Prix
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By 1969 the benefits of aerodynamic downforce were being explored by designers, resulting in some wonderfully wild designs, as demonstrated here by Graham Hill's Lotus.

Graham Hill's 1969 Lotus at the Monaco Grand Prix
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