Austrian Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas has sustained his recent form by staying on top of the timesheets as Friday practice drew to a close at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver, quickest in Friday morning’s practice session, repeated the feat in the afternoon’s running at the Silverstone Circuit by once again outpacing teammate Lewis Hamilton.
In fairness to Hamilton, however, the Briton threw away a shot at snatching top spot from the Finn with a mistake on a qualifying-style run. Attempting to respond to Bottas’ session-topping time of 1:28.496 posted on the Super Soft rubber, Hamilton carried too much speed through the second part of Becketts and had to correct a sudden slide at the rear of his car.
While unable to improve on his fastest time on his Super Soft tyre run, Hamilton’s best lap of the session – which was less than one-hundredth slower than Bottas’ – came on the less grippy Soft compound Pirelli tyre.
Behind the Silver Arrows, Ferrari managed to reduce the deficit to Mercedes in this session, with both Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel leapfrogging the Red Bull Racing team on the timesheets to lap within half a second of the Constructors’ Championship leaders.
Fifth and sixth went to the RB13s, with Max Verstappen once again half a second off Bottas’ pace and a similar margin ahead of his own teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Verstappen had a near-miss late in the session when he narrowly avoided collecting the rear of Felipe Massa’s Williams, which appeared to inexplicably slow under braking for Club corner. The incident is currently being reviews by the FIA Stewards.
A surprise seventh-fastest was Renault’s Nico Hülkenberg, who dramatically improved from his 17th place on the time sheets in FP1. The German was a full second faster than teammate Jolyon Palmer, whose poor season was underscored by a spin during the session – the Englishman finished the session 18th-fastest to mirror his effort earlier in the day.
Eighth-fastest was the under-investigation Massa, with the Brazilian veteran finishing ahead of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren and Force India’s Esteban Ocon.
The two Toro Rosso runners finished eleventh- and twelfth-fastest, with Carlos Sainz Jr – who had a wild spin at Becketts – outpacing teammate Daniil Kvyat. The pair headed an extremely tight midfield that saw Sergio Pérez (Force India), Romain Grosjean (Haas), Lance Stroll (Williams), Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren), Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and the aforementioned Palmer coverede by barely three-tenths of a second.
The two Saubers were once again in a distant battle at the bottom of the timesheets, although this time Pascal Wehrlein outpaced his teammate Marcus Ericsson in the session.
Saturday’s final practice session at Silverstone will begin at 10:00 local time (GMT +1).
|2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX BRITISH GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE 2 RESULTS|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Tyre||Laps|
|1.||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W08||1:28.496||30|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W08||1:28.543||34|
|3.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF70H||1:28.828||35|
|4.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF70H||1:28.956||35|
|5.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB13||1:29.098||31|
|6.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB13||1:29.586||34|
|7.||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault Sport F1 Team RS17||1:29.936||36|
|8.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW40||1:30.006||35|
|9.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren-Honda MCL32||1:30.238||27|
|10.||Esteban Ocon||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM10||1:30.383||41|
|11.||Carlos Sainz Jr||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR12||1:30.555||25|
|12.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR12||1:30.562||33|
|13.||Sergio Pérez||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM10||1:30.624||42|
|14.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-17||1:30.661||32|
|15.||Lance Stroll||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW40||1:30.695||36|
|16.||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren-Honda MCL32||1:30.782||30|
|17.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-17||1:30.835||32|
|18.||Jolyon Palmer||Renault Sport F1 Team RS17||1:30.879||25|
|19.||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C36||1:31.616||26|
|20.||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C36||1:31.929||29|
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