Having allowed Lewis Hamilton to steal the spotlight in the morning, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa ensured Ferrari would make amends in the afternoon practice session by dominating at an overcast and windy Silverstone.

With the three drivers having swapped orders and best times throughout the initial one and a half hour session, Raikkonen reigned supreme second time around, his lap of 1min 20.639secs almost half a second quicker than Massa and comfortably the fastest time of the day.

Indeed, for Hamilton's hoards of fans, it was an ominously impressive display by Ferrari, despite both drivers experiencing minor offs. Their best competition came, unusually, from Ralf Schumacher, the Toyota driver upsetting the natural order by producing a lap good enough for third, two tenths down on Massa.

In fairness, the German's time 1min 21.381secs was identical to that of Hamilton, but the Brit would have to make do with fourth fastest status having set it later in the session. Even so, his quickest time in the morning means he remains second quickest on the day overall.

In all it was a strong performance from less likely sources this afternoon with Jarno Trulli making it an encouraging end to the day for Toyota in fifth position, ahead of a rather subdued Fernando Alonso, who has not come close to joining Hamilton in making it a fair McLaren-Ferrari dice.

Having featured inside the top ten in the morning, Williams were once again bothering the top teams this afternoon with the seventh and eighth fastest times, Nico Rosberg again ahead of Alexander Wurz, but with little time separating the two.

Mark Webber led the Red Bull charge in ninth, ahead of Anthony Davidson in the Super Aguri, the former Honda tester out to prove Hamilton is not the only Brit worth watching this weekend.

Renault's slightly anonymous day continued in eleventh and twelfth, Heikki Kovalainen and Giancarlo Fisichella barely able to separate one another, just a tenth between the two drivers Still, they fared better than arch-rivals BMW, who slipped well back from their top ten form in the morning courtesy of a rather more conservative effort in the afternoon, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld 13th and 15th, with newly re-signed David Coulthard slotting between in 14th.

Takuma Sato ensured both Aguri's would humble the Hondas in 16th, Rubens Barrichello next up in 17th and only just ahead of Christian Klien, who stepped in for Jenson Button when the Brit aggravated a back injury in the morning session and chose to sit out the afternoon as a precaution.

Toro Rosso and Spyker rounded out the final places 19th to 22nd, although encouragingly for the under fire Christijan Albers at least, he was well ahead of team-mate Adrian Sutil and on a par with Tonio Liuzzi ahead of him. Sutil though did suffer a high-speed spin that ended his session in the barriers.

 

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