Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep after topping the third practice session at Silverstone on Saturday.
The session saw little activity in the first 15 minutes as teams waited for the track to dry out. When the conditions began to improve, Force India was the first outfit to try out slick tyres, with both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg completing installation laps on medium tyres.
Nico Rosberg headed soon after on the hard compound, setting the first timed lap of the session. He improved to 1:31.331, before Hamilton went on top with 1:31.234.
Just when track activity was at its maximum, the session was halted when Marcus Ericsson suffered a hefty crash at the exit of Stowe, severely damaging his Sauber.
When the action resumed, Hamilton bettered his initial lap time to 1:30.904, with Rosberg closely following him with 1:30.967.
Red Bull again appeared to be Mercedes’ closest challenger, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finishing third and fourth.
Sebastian Vettel ended the session in fifth place, but reported problems with his gearbox on his in-lap.
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest, ahead of Fernando Alonso who again ensured that McLaren finished in the top 10.
Nico Hulkenberg was the lead Force India driver in eighth place, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz completing the top 10.
by Rachit Thukral