What's buzzing:

Hamilton back on top, but stops on track

AP - Sports
Hamilton back on top, but stops on track
.

View gallery

Scottish Suzie Wolff of Williams, the first woman to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend in 22 years, …

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) -- Lewis Hamilton said he would gain very little from access to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's data after the driver topped the times but then stopped on track in Friday's practice for the British Grand Prix.

The 29-year-old Briton, champion in 2008 and desperate to win this Sunday's race to reboot his title bid this season, missed the final half hour of the afternoon's second free session while Rosberg ran without problems.

Hamilton, 29 points behind German Rosberg in the title race, had an engine problem that left him stranded out on the circuit.

Amid speculation that the two rivals and team-mates share little data within the team, Hamilton made clear that full access to Rosberg's information would be of little use.

Hamilton said: ''The long run data doesn't really help in the sense that we drive so differently. It doesn't help you in the sense of understanding how the tires are lasting, and whether you need to put the car into more understeer, or oversteer, whether you need to move the brake balance, or which corners you want to lift and coast.

''All those different things you need to practice. It makes it really hard, but I'll be OK. I don't know why things happen to my car so much. We'll fix it, but I really needed a long run. Now I don't know what the car is going to feel like for the race.''

Rosberg played down suggestions that the two were not sharing their information. ''We have to think about the team in the first instance and everything is open,'' he said.

''We share everything. We're dominating the sport because we've managed to work together really well. Of course, there comes a point where I am fighting him and at that point I will try to keep certain advantages, as he will too.

''We always try to keep an advantage over each other, but never compromising the team as a whole. It's a fine line.''

Hamilton had clocked a best lap in 1 minute, 34.508 seconds to outpace Rosberg by 0.228 seconds on a warm and windy day that saw two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso third quickest for Ferrari.

Alonso was 0.7 seconds down on the pace-setters, but ahead of the two Red Bulls of Australian Daniel Ricciardo and defending four time champion German Sebastian Vettel.

They were both more than a second behind on sheer single lap pace, but improved their overall pace on the long runs in the final stages of the long afternoon session.

Hamilton came to a halt on track with a serious engine problem an hour into the 90-minutes session when he stopped out on the circuit. ''Engine stopped,'' he told the team by radio. ''Says engine kill, no shifting.''

He managed only 14 completed laps compared to Rosberg's 35, an advantage for the championship leader that he may be able to exploit on Sunday.

Finn Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest for Williams - having missed the morning session when his car was briefly run for just three laps by Susie Wolff, the first woman to take part in a Grand Prix for 22 years - ahead of Briton Jenson Button in the leading McLaren.

Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen was eighth fastest in the second McLaren ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and 10th placed Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso.

Rosberg had topped the times Friday morning ahead of Hamilton in an opening session where the main focus was on the luckless Wolff.

The 31-year-old Scot at least became the first woman to take part in a Grand Prix weekend since 1992, even if she lasted only three laps before her engine failed. Only a few minutes later her Williams team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa crashed out of the session.

View Comments (5)
  • Chelsea's Willian studied Beckham, Ronaldinho free-kicks

    (Reuters) - Chelsea fans may have Ronaldinho and David Beckham to thank as they celebrate midfielder Willian slotting home free-kicks. The Brazil international, one of the few bright lights in a nightmare campaign for the defending Premier League … More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 5 seconds ago
  • Trump, Sanders ride U.S. anti-establishment wave to New Hampshire wins

    Trump, Sanders ride U.S. anti-establishment wave to New Hampshire wins

    By Steve Holland and Amanda Becker MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders coasted to victory on a wave of voter anger in the New Hampshire presidential nominating contest, thrashing traditional U.S. … More »

    Reuters - 5 minutes ago
  • Trump for president? Ladbrokes odds improve after New Hampshire

    Trump for president? Ladbrokes odds improve after New Hampshire

    By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's odds at winning the White House improved significantly after his decisive victory in Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, online betting site Ladbrokes PLC … More »

    Reuters - 9 minutes ago
  • Hoffenheim coach Huub Stevens resigns for health reasons

    Huub Stevens resigned on Wednesday as coach of relegation-threatened Hoffenheim for health reasons. ''I have cardiac arrhythmia (heart rhythm irregularities) and it could still be that I need an operation,'' the 62-year-old Stevens said. Stevens … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Coach Stevens resigns from Hoffenheim over health

    Coach Stevens resigns from Hoffenheim over health

    Hoffenheim coach Huub Stevens stepped down on Wednesday, citing heart problems with the team struggling in the Bundesliga. The 62-year-old Dutchman told reporters he had quit after being diagnosed with heart arrhythmia that may require surgery. "I … More »

    Reuters - 19 minutes ago