Britain's Jenson Button was forced to sit out the second practice session on Friday at Silverstone ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix due to a back injury.

Although it is thought he will be fine to get back in the cock-pit on Saturday, the team opted to play it safe and avoid aggravating the problem, which he picked up at the US Grand Prix last month, when he was caught up in a first-corner shunt.

As such Honda third driver Christian Klien took over Jenson's RA107 to complete the balance of the day's programme: "Jenson had to stop before the end of the session because of his back pain," explained engineering director, Jacky Eeckelaert. "To allow Jenson to rest we put Christian in the car this afternoon and he did a good job."

Button, who was 15th overall in the first practice session - on a 1 minute 23.517 seconds - didn't seem overly concerned, despite missing around 50 per cent of the day's track time.

"This morning the conditions were very gusty, particularly through Becketts, and we were struggling to find a good balance," he reflected. "Although I had to sit out the afternoon session it looks like we have made some good progress with our planned programme and I will be looking at the data this evening with the engineers in preparation for tomorrow."

Klien meanwhile said that he was glad to have been able to lend a hand and he ended proceedings 18th quickest in FP2, while Rubens Barrichello was 17th in the sister car.

"I am pleased to have had the opportunity to drive the car this afternoon and to help the team complete our planned programme for today," noted the Austrian. "Silverstone is a circuit that I know very well so I was able to feel comfortable in the car straightaway.

"We had a lot to achieve in the session with the tyres, especially looking at the long run pace for the race on Sunday, so it was good to be able to complete 45 laps."

 

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