Nico Rosberg moves on but no apology for collision

Rosberg, 11 points ahead of Hamilton in the championship, remained confident that the issues which plagued his running on Friday afternoon will be resolved overnight.

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. "When I looked at the screen everyone was wearing my cap which was just awesome so I hope I can perform for them this weekend".

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been told that they risk being ordered how to drive by their teams if they collide again.

However, he was last on the timesheets in the afternoon, without a lap to his credit as mechanics removed his car's floor and worked on a water leak.

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. You've got a couple of similar high-speed corners but, from one corner, you have oversteer and, another, you have understeer, then another one is balanced, so it's hard to know where you have got to change the auto.

Vettel, finished fourth, while Kimi Raikkonen - who was confirmed as a Ferrari driver for 2017 earlier in the day - was fifth.

"I was listening to what Lewis was doing, watching his data, and trying to learn a few bits and pieces".

"I felt good today, I was definitely feeling strong, so I am generally really happy with where we are and hopefully we are heading towards", Hamilton said.

Hamilton could take the lead in the championship for the first time this year on Sunday if results go his way and has spoken eloquently about the boost that he gets from racing in front of a home crowd.

"I just absorb that".

Ericsson skidded across the track and grass before spearing into the inside barrier nose first, a hit that dislodged the steering wheel in the process, spinning him around before he finally came to rest back on the track. "So it's just insane to think I've had those wins here and I hope that I can continue to, along, with the drivers here, raise the flag proudly", said Hamilton, seated between Jenson Button and Jolyon Palmer, the two other British drivers on the grid.

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