Nico Rosberg recovers from problem to top practice

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Nico Rosberg recovered from an early hydraulic problem to top the first free practice session for Formula 1’s British Grand Prix with a series of late fast laps.

The German was ordered to stop the car with a loss of hydraulic pressure on his sixth lap of the day shortly after the 15-minute mark, having just set the fastest first-sector time seen to that point.

While Rosberg was recovered to the pits, the way seemed clear for Lewis Hamilton to top the 90-minute session.

He was fastest during the first 30 minutes, when everyone was on their first set of hard-compound Pirellis, improving by just under eight tenths on his second run.

That looked to be enough to guarantee top spot, only for Rosberg to hit the track late on after time in the pits ensuring his car was operational.

By that time, Rosberg had slipped to seventh, but on his first serious flier he jumped to second before banging in two laps quicker than Hamilton’s best – the first one hundredth faster, the second seven hundredths quicker.


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