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Summary

  1. Rosberg fastest in second practice, Raikkonen 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Hamilton 4th & struggling with car
  3. Grosjean, Alonso & Merhi spin into gravel
  4. Final practice & qualifying coverage from 09:30 BST on Saturday

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

Nico Rosberg
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That's us just about done for the day. I don't know about you, but seeing Nico Rosberg top in both of those sessions has got me thinking: is this season actually swinging his way?

He's won three of the last four races and is just 10 points back in the title race, while Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton looked scrappy behind the wheel today - just as he did in Austria.

Tomorrow's third practice and qualifying will make for interesting viewing. We'll bring you all the action across the BBC, with our live text commentary starting at 09:30 BST.

Do please join us then.

Just to mark your card...

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Final positions and times...

...from our friends at Lotus.

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Stevens stands out

Will Stevens
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A quick check on the British drivers after that session reveals Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button each finished around half a second down on their team-mates, but that was emphatically not the case for Will Stevens.

The man from Essex was 1.6secs faster than Manor team-mate Roberto Merhi.

Mighty impressive stuff.

Rosberg doubles up in practice

Final order:

1 Rosberg, 2 Raikkonen, 3 Vettel, 4 Hamilton, 5 Kvyat, 6 Ricciardo, 7 Verstappen, 8 Hulkenberg, 9 Sainz, 10 Massa, 11 Maldonado, 12 Bottas, 13 Perez, 14 Grosjean, 15 Alonso, 16 Nasr, 17 Button, 18 Ericsson, 19 Stevens, 20 Merhi

Chequered flag

One minute to go...

and all cars are on track.

Tyres taking some punishment through Copse today...

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Hamilton goes out

Strange happenings at Mercedes.

Our man Tom Clarkson reported a few minutes ago that Lewis Hamilton was out of his car, his session seemingly done.

He was away for a few minutes, in which time the mechanics did not touch the car, but suddenly re-entered the garage and hopped in the car and went out.

Allan McNish in the commentary box is speculating on computer issues.

I'm thinking comfort break.

Get involved - #BritishF1hero

Mark Haggan: Colin Chapman made British F1 successful.

Emma Jayne: All the British marshals! The unsung ladies and gents who risk their lives, for free!

Katyoun Hana: What about Murray Walker and Ross Brawn?

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Speed trap readings

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60 years since Moss became first British GP winner

Stirling Moss
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We're busy talking about great British drivers today, so it would be remiss to overlook the moment of history achieved by Stirling Moss at the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree.

On a sunny July day on the outskirts of Liverpool, Mercedes driver Moss took the fight to his world champion team-mate Juan Manuel Fangio, the two duelling throughout before the Briton came through to win by a matter of yards from the Argentine.

The win meant Moss was crowned the first ever home winner of the British Grand Prix, a feat that has since been repeated 21 times by the likes of Jim Clark, John Watson, David Coulthard and Damon Hill among many others.

Tom Clarkson

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

"Lewis Hamilton is getting out of his car - looks like it's game over for today."

Green light

We go again.

Red flag

Luffield claims its third victim of the day

I can't recall the last time I saw cars off at Luffield, but we've had three of the blighters today.

Roberto Merhi joins Grosjean and Alonso in that particular ignominy, spinning his Manor through the corner, catching a bit of gravel, and stopping.

He eventually gets going again but as he does so the red flag comes out...

Roberto Merhi spins off
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Roberto Mehri
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Mercedes team radio

Lewis Hamilton: "The car is all over the place - I can't go any faster than I am right now."

Red Bulls looking better than of late

We've not really mentioned the Red Bulls so far but they are being quietly impressive out there today.

Daniil Kvyat is the first of the non-Ferrari-Mercedes runners, his time of 1:35.009 just four tenths of Lewis Hamiton in fourth.

The sister Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo is next up in sixth place, a tenth down on his Russian team-mate.

Daniil Kvyat in action for Red Bull
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Pirelli on Twitter: The gap between the medium and hard tyre is looking to be around 0.8-0.9 seconds on average so far

Coverage options

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Don't forget you can view extra camera streams across all sessions these days, including driver tracker, pit lane channel, on-board and timing screens.

Mercedes team radio

Team to Rosberg: "Cool the car, Nico, cool the car"

Raikonen goes into second

Raikkonen has climbed to second place, three tenths down on Rosberg, while Vettel and Hamilton are third and fourth.

Battle joined between Ferrari and Mercedes so far....

Lotus on Twitter: Nothing like a good polish. Romain hard at work.

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Spit and polish down at Lotus

Clearly feeling guilty for driving his sparkly Lotus through that gravel trap earlier, Romain Grosjean has been helping the team prepare the car for its return to the track by applying a bit of elbow grease.

Well done that man.

Romain Grosjean
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Dancing on ice

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Feeling hot in the sun?

Check out this little video teaser that will be aired ahead of qualifying tomorrow on BBC Two from 12:10 BST.

It's Valtteri Bottas driving a version of the Silverstone circuit on ice in Lapland.

You weren't expecting that were you...

Top 10

Here's the top 10 with 40 minutes left:

1 Rosberg, 2 Vettel, 3 Hamilton, 4 Kvyat, 5 Verstappen, 6 Hulkenberg, 7 Sainz, 8 Massa, 9 Maldonado, 10 Bottas.

'Oooooh, Matron'

The new nose on the Force India has a rather 'nostrily' feel with those two holes set into it.

Let's go in for a closer look...

Kenneth Williams
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Sorry, wrong picture. Here we are...

Force India's fresh nose
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Get involved - #britishf1hero

Nathan Tague: Aside from drivers, Adrian Newey. Absolute genius and the man behind countless title-winning cars.

James Humberstone: It has to be Sir Frank Williams. He created a legacy team that is ingrained in F1 history.

Jeremy Newlin: James Hunt - for all the wrong reasons...

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Hamilton stays third on mediums

Lewis Hamilton has been unable to match the times of Rosberg and Vettel on the medium tyre.

He's done a time four tenths off Rosberg and one tenth of Vettel on the quicker rubber.

Lewis Hamilton
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Hulkenberg cool on Ferrari link

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"Nico Hulkenberg is on Ferrari's list as a potential replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, should they decide to ditch the Finn later this year. But the German was playing his cards close to his chest on Thursday. While Daniel Ricciardo - number one on Ferrari's list, but under contract to Red Bull until the end of 2018 - said on Tuesday he was 'flattered' to be considered, Hulkenberg said: 'You do two good races and that's what happens.' He added that it was 'still early days' but admitted he was looking at his options: 'I'd be silly not to.'"

Nico Hulkenberg
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Rosberg quickest on medium tyre

We've just seen drivers switch from the hard tyre to the medium for the first time, with Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel setting the ball rolling.

Rosberg sets a 1:34.155 to go top of the pile, with Vettel slotting into second place three tenths back.

Lewis Hamilton is third, another four tenths back, but set that time on the hard tyre.

McLaren team radio

Team: "Do you want another lap?"

Jenson Button: "Nope. The stability is terrible - the car's bouncing all over the place."

Get involved - #britishf1hero

Gemma Webb: Easily Jenson Button. He's a Champion, down to earth and credits the fans and the team. Top bloke.

I really like Jenson Button for all the reasons that Gemma states above, but having stumbled on the below picture from 2000 earlier today I simply have to use it. Sorry, JB.

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Thomas Knights: Professor Sid Watkins. Amazing man, did so much for the sport.

Tony Crowther: Graham Hill, without doubt the epitome of 'British' and the best ever ambassador for any British sport, not just F1!

Alonso also off at Luffield

We've just seen the McLaren of Fernando Alonso sail off at Luffield, a la Grosjean.

It's odd for two cars to go off there, leading James Allen and Allan McNish in the BBC commentary box to speculate that gusting winds could be affecting things.

Fernando Alonso
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Fernando Alonso
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Toro Rosso impressing so far

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Max Verstappen
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"All season it has been apparent that Toro Rosso have produced a very good car this year. And this weekend Max Verstappen has revealed just how good he thinks it would be if only the Renault engine was competitive. 'P3, behind Mercedes,' he said.

"Team-mate Carlos Sainz did not go quite as far, but elaborated: 'We look at GPS data after every session and compare ourselves with Ferrari, Williams and even Mercedes. After watching our data from Barcelona, I'm convinced that this car, with a very decent engine, will be fighting with Williams and, on some occasions, with Ferrari. That's why I keep praising the guys and saying what a hell of a job they are doing, because to produce a car that is capable of fighting against these two teams is really impressive. We looked at the data and Turn 3 and Turn 9 in Barcelona, only Mercedes was quicker than us.'

"Of course the unspoken conclusion from this is that the Toro Rosso is actually better than the Red Bull, which was developed by Adrian Newey and on twice the budget. That can't be comfortable for Newey, Christian Horner and co."

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McLaren looking for better after poor morning

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"This is already turning into another difficult day for McLaren, with various engine-related woes emerging in first practice. Honda's difficulties are all the more frustrating because the McLaren chassis appears to be a very good car - around the level of the Ferrari. Fernando Alonso acknowledged this in response to a question from yours truly this weekend.

Fernando Alonso
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"'Yeah, I am happy with the car and the philosophy of developing the car,' he said. 'Happy with the next steps that will come. Happy with the progress of Honda. Obviously we had to use too many parts. In eight races five engines is a little bit sad. but if this means we are learning a lot, it is very well.

"'The steps that are coming are quite big but this is not too difficult when you are at the back two seconds off the pace. Every step you do is half a second or 0.8secs. when you are fighting for a podium you gain 0.1secs every two weeks. I think we will get much closer to the top guys in the second part of the championship and for next year as well.'"

Green light

The Lotus is cleared away and we're running green again.

Meanwhile, a little earlier...

Before Grosjean decided to explore the extremities of the Silverstone circuit, I was going to point out this messy moment for Williams driver Massa, who got a little loose through Vale but was able to continue.

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Lotus team radio

Romain Grosjean: "I'm stuck in the gravel." Team: "Yep, I can see."

Romain Grosjean
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