Hamilton quickest in final practice at Silverstone

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Lewis Hamilton topped final practice for the British Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg encountered technical problems.

The reigning champion posted a 1:32.917 to top the timesheets for the first time this weekend, ending the session half a second clear of Rosberg.

Rosberg spent the best part of final practice confined to the garage after encountering a gearbox problem – his second technical issue of the weekend after a similar niggle on Friday.

He managed to return to the track in the closing stages to go second quickest, ahead of the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, albeit half a second shy of title rival Hamilton.

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz were fifth and sixth fastest as Toro Rosso continued its impressive practice form.

The two Williams team-mates of Felipe and Valtteri Bottas lapped seventh and eight quickest, while Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Lotus racer Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top 10.

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG

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