The sun didn't quite come out at Silverstone on Friday, but the rain stayed away in the afternoon to give the drivers valuable time behind the wheel in Free Practice Two.
After most of the first 90-minute session was curtailed by rain in the morning, the second one proved to be a much drier affair and the drivers made sure they got as many laps under their belts as possible.
Nico Rosberg left the track with the best time as his 1:32.248, which was set on the medium compounds after 49 minutes, topped the timesheets.
The Mercedes man was 0.229 quicker than Red Bull's Mark Webber with defending World Champion Sebstian Vettel third with a time of 1:32.680. The Force India's looked strong all afternoon at their home track and Paul di Resta was rewarded with a 1:32.832 for P4 while Lewis Hamilton was P5, 0.663 off his team-mate's pace.
They were followed by the two Toro Rosso drivers with Daniel Ricciardo, who was the busiest man on the track with a 38 laps, and Daniel Vergne in P6 and P7 respectively. Adrian Sutil, Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso completed the top 10.
Alonso, whose best effort was a 1:33.494, was the only Ferrari driver to complete the session as his team-mate Felipe Massa went crashing into the barriers at Stowe after 24 minutes. The Brazilian appeared to lose the rear of his car and went sliding off the track, leaving the Ferrari mechanics with plenty to do overnight.
McLaren have admitted they don't expect to achieve much at their home race and Jenson Button could only manage a 1:33.740, which put him in P11, with his team-mate Sergio Perez P14.
Kimi Raikkonen, someone, who is expected to challenge for victory this weekend as he looks to keep up with Sebastian Vettel in the race for the Championship was 13th with a 1:34.130.
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.248s 33 laps
2 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:32.547s + 0.299s 26
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:32.680s + 0.432s 31
4 Paul di Resta Force India 1:32.832s + 0.584s 34
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.911s + 0.663s 28
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:33.171s + 0.923s 34
7 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:33.290s + 1.042s 38
8 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:33.313s + 1.065s 34
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:33.322s + 1.074s 38
10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:33.494s + 1.246s 32
11 Jenson Button McLaren 1:33.740s + 1.492s 29
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1:33.896s + 1.648s 36
13 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m34.120s + 1.872s 30
14 Sergio Perez McLaren 1:34.130s + 1.882s 29
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:34.998s + 2.750s 32
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:35.070s + 2.822s 29
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:35.127s + 2.879s 35
18 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:35.802s + 3.554s 27
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1:35.984s + 3.736s 32
20 Charles Pic Caterham 1:36.079s + 3.831s 35
21 Max Chilton Marussia 1:37.329s + 5.081s 33
22 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m43.466s + 11.218s 7
A Wet Start At Silverstone