led the field at Friday afternoon's second free practice session at Silverstone, narrowly heading the Red Bulls of former British Grand Prix winners Mark Webber
and Sebastian Vettel
Rosberg recorded 1m 32.248s to slip ahead of Webber on 1m 32.547s and Vettel on 1m 32.680s, with local heroes Paul di Resta
for Force India
and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton
chasing them with 1m 32.832s and 1m 32.911s respectively.
The session was held on a drying track which was slippery to begin with, catching out Ferrari
's Felipe Massa
as he spun exiting Stowe corner after 25 minutes. He damaged the front suspension of his car as he slid across the road into a tyre wall, and was classified in 22nd and last place on the strength of his previous best lap of 1m 43.466s.
There were few other incidents, however, as everyone focused on running on the hard and medium Pirelli
and Jean-Eric Vergne
continued to impress in their Toro Rossos, the Australian lapping in 1m 33.171s, the Frenchman in 1m 33.290s. Behind them, Di Resta's Force India team mate Adrian Sutil
was eighth on 1m 33.313s ahead of Romain Grosjean
on 1m 33.322s for Lotus
and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso
on 1m 33.494s.
was 11th in his modified McLaren
and the team were grateful for the chance to assess its performance in the dry. The Englishman lapped in 1m 33.740s. Nico Hulkenberg
followed in his Sauber
on 1m 33.896s.
had a troubled session and was only 13th for Lotus on 1m 34.120s ahead of McLarens Sergio Perez
on 1m 34.130s, then there was a jump to Esteban Gutierrez
on 1m 34.998s for Sauber.
' leader on 1m 35.070s from team mate Pastor Maldonado
on 1m 35.127s, as Jules Bianchi
headed the new teams with 1m 35.802s for Marussia
. Giedo van der Garde
was again Caterhams faster runner with 1m 35.984s, ahead of Charles Pic
's Caterham on 1m 36.079s, Marussias Max Chilton
on 1m 37.329s, and Massa. (Formula1.com)