London: Defending three-time champion Lewis Hamilton narrowly outpaced his championship leading Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to lead in Friday’s opening practice for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
The 31-year-old Briton clocked a best lap of one minute and 31.654 seconds to finish .033 seconds ahead of his German rival, a day after the pair had been told to obey a new ‘code of engagement’ after crashing three times in five races.
German Nico Hulkenberg was third fastest for Force India, .8 of a second adrift of the two Mercedes and ahead of compatriot and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen, whose future with Ferrari was settled earlier on Friday morning when the team said he had been re-signed for 2017.
Hamilton, seeking a hat-trick of Silverstone wins, trails Rosberg by 11 points in the championship.