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Summary

  1. Heavy rain hampers teams' running in second practice
  2. Vettel fastest in first practice, two tenths quicker than Hamilton
  3. Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz crashes in FP1
  4. Hamilton leads Vettel by 34 points in title race
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Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap. Rain scuppered most teams' running in second practice but with Saturday and Sunday expected to be dry, we should be in for a fair bit more action in final practice.

Join us for build up to that tomorrow morning at 03:45 BST.

See you then.

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At least this guy had fun in second practice.

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FP2 result

Here's the five times set in second practice:

1) Hamilton 1:48.719

2) Ocon +0.799

3) Perez +2.626

4) Massa +3.427

5) Stroll +3.624

Well apologies if you got up early for second practice because apart from paper boats sailing down the pit lane, not a lot went on.

Chequered flag

The chequered flag falls and Lewis Hamilton finishes second practice quickest.

Not a representative time, though, with only five drivers setting times because of the heavy rain.

Fernando Alonso is told that the team have the data they need and to "bring the car home".

Bring it home he does. He returns to the pitlane, as does Lewis Hamilton and that looks to be that for the day.

Three minutes until the session officially comes to an end.

And that's a wrap for Sauber.

The rain is indeed heavy once again, bouncing back up off the circuit as Lewis Hamilton circulates.

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Renault are done for the day but Lewis Hamilton isn't. He's leaving the Mercedes garage now.

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Pascal Wehrlein heads back down the pit lane as Stoffel Vandoorne pops out for a look.

Ten minutes to go.

And with that, everyone is back in the pits.

Actually, scrap that. Pascal Wehrlein is out there on his lonesome.

We're up to five timed laps on the board now as Felipe Massa does a 1:52.146 to go fourth quickest while Lance Stroll does a 1:52.343 for the fifth quickest time.

Lance Stroll goes straight on at Turn 1. The Williams driver aquaplanes briefly but catches it well to stay away from the wall and is back on the track. No drama.

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BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Conditions appear to have worsened slightly.

It's straight to the top of the timing screen for Lewis Hamilton as he does a 1:48.719.

We've also got Felipe Massa out there.

Busying up with 20 minutes remaining.

Lewis Hamilton is out on track now.

Valtteri Bottas is staying put for now. He's watching his Mercedes team-mate on a monitor in the garage.

We have a time! Two in fact.

First, Sergio Perez tip toes round in 1:51.345 before Esteban Ocon goes almost two seconds quicker, posting a 1:49.518.

Sebastian Vettel is the next out on the track.

It is expected to be drier for the rest of the weekend but the weather can be as unpredictable as Manchester so never say never.

Jolyon Palmer and Marcus Ericsson also head out for a check on the conditions.

No-one is doing anything more than an exploratory lap.

Plenty of spray kicking up behind the Ferrari, but it's not too bad.

Nico Hulkenberg likes what he says and decides to join Kimi Raikkonen on the track.

Finally, the silence is broken. Kimi Raikkonen heads out to test the conditions.

Full wets o'clock.

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Tom Clarkson has just caught a word with Daniel Ricciardo on BBC Radio 5 live. The Red Bull driver explains why he is in no rush to head out in this session.

He said: "The problem is we get one free set of inters on Friday but we don't get a free set of extremes, so any we use today will cost us. We can use the inters and we will but if it is extreme conditions we will not run.

"We are confident we will get on inters and have a look."

Go! Go! Go!

The rain has stopped and drivers are strapping on their race helmets.

The light goes green at the end of the pit lane, but no-one is in a massive rush to head out.

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Gill Russell: Am I the only one hoping it keeps raining to keep the glorious emergency filler commentary going on text updates/audio stream?

I'd discussed ducks, paper boats and car hats. I had nowhere else to go!

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Seeing an inflatable banana on a makeshift raft is one of the more bizarre moments I've seen in Formula 1 this season.

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Session will start at 06:45 BST

Good news. Race control confirms that cars will be cleared to go onto the circuit at 06:45 BST.

That means we'll get 45 minutes of practice.

Mechanics busy working away in the Ferrari garage. Meanwhile, at Force India...

(We're sure they are busy doing car things as well!)

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Rain to ease

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

Official weather forecast is for drier spells with light intermittent rain/a few drops in the next 30mins.

A fleeting moment of aquaplaning for Bernd Maylander in the safety car. That doesn't bode well for any action any time soon.

Stoffel Vandoorne has changed into his casual clothes so it doesn't look like he is expecting to go out any time soon.

The rain has just eased off, though, as the safety car heads out onto the track again.

Yep. It's raining.

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Wet weather bingo

We're asking what you think we will see during the rain delay.

Mark Scott: A famous branded ice cream on a stick covered in chocolate.