Hamilton edges Vettel in rain-hit final practice at Silverstone

There are some that moan all the time- Mercedes boss rebuffs fuming Grosjean

Hamilton had announced on social media that he was taking a two-day break, posting a picture of him and friends on the steps of his private jet. Having gone purple and then green through the first two sectors, Hamilton had a twitch at Chapel before going wide at the corner, compromising his lap.

No driver in the sport's history has won more titles, races, or indeed claimed a greater number of pole positions than Schumacher, but the seven-time champion's career was marked by a number of misdemeanours. Kimi Raikkonen was the man placed as best of the rest, though he hit yellow flags in his final sector and had to lift, meaning it is unlikely he extracted the maximum from his vehicle. There were no major dramas during the session save for a few spins.

It was not long before the 2016 pole lap time was beaten, sure evidence of the speed of this year's new era fatter and faster cars on one of the quickest circuits.

Vettel says he expects Ferrari to be closer to Mercedes on race pace - as has been the trend during the majority of the 2017 season so far.

Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen finished fifth and could fill the void as he looks for his second podium of the season. Red Bull, who are bringing a significant upgrade to their auto, could also get in the mix after a strong run of results that have seen Baku race victor Daniel Ricciardo finish on the podium in the last five races.

Vettel was fourth fastest in the second practice session, behind Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, after an experimental transparent screen was removed from the vehicle in the morning.

The Toro Rosso drivers were split by just 0.007s, with Carlos Sainz pipping Daniil Kvyat to 11th.

Hamilton did mention that making a comeback at this stage to win the world championship crown, yet again, was very hard.

A statement from the FIA, F1's governing body, read: "The stewards examined video and telemetry evidence and concluded that while Grosjean may potentially have been affected by the presence of Hamilton at turn 16, he was not impeded".

But there was a glimpse of the old, fiery German here after he complained he had been blocked by the Force India of Sergio Perez.

On a bright, but cloudy morning at the Red Bull Ring circuit in the Styrian Alps, the session also featured an early engine failure for Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and several major "moments" as the drivers pushed to the limits ahead of qualifying later Saturday.

Stoffel Vandoorne took an encouraging ninth for McLaren ahead of Grosjean of Haas.

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