World champion Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Nico Rosberg are dominating Formula One. That's good for Mercedes, but is it good for the sport?
Mercedes were at it again Friday in practice at the British Grand Prix, as Rosberg set the pace, though Hamilton was only fourth fastest, with the Briton complaining about his car.
"The car is all over the place. I can't go any faster than I am now," Hamilton said over the radio. Perhaps F1 isn't quite so predictable after all.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen pipped team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.02secs to go second on an encouraging day for the Italian team.
Vettel was 0.02 seconds slower than his Ferrari teammate.
Susie Wolff is the first female to take part in an F1 race weekend. The 32-year-old Wolff completed her fourth and final scheduled track outing for Williams in 2015 on Friday's opening practice.
Her husband is Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff, who is pictured looking on from the pit wall.
Former world champion Niki Lauda (left) is Mercedes' non executive chairman. Speaking to German newspaper Bild in June, Lauda wants drivers to be given greater challenges when racing. "One cannot turn back time, but the driver must again have the clutch in hand, rather than just pressing a button," said Lauda. "The highest limit and the risk factor have been lost."
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is curreently seventh in the drivers' championship.
Red Bull have a contractual commitment to race in F1 until 2020. The team's motorsport advisor is Dr Helmut Marko.