Valtteri Bottas has led a Mercedes-AMG 1-2 in final practice for the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, with the Brackley squad leading the timesheets for the first time this weekend.

The field’s final practice hit-out was vital ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session, and the much cooler track temperatures compared to Friday saw lap times tumble.  The Finn posted his fastest time of 1:25.873 with 15 minutes of the session remaining to shade Hamilton, who had provisionally held top spot.

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen hustled his Honda-powered RB16 to third-fastest, but his teammate Alexander Albon was confined to the garage for much of the session while his team continued to complete repairs to his car which he had heavily crashed in Friday’s second practice session.  The Anglo-Thai driver was eventually able to get out on track late in the session, clocking ten laps and finishing thirteenth-fastest.

FP2 pacesetter Lance Stroll put in a late lap to claim fourth on the timesheets, albeit over seven-tenths of a second off Bottas’ pace, while his stand-in teammate Nico Hülkenberg was a respectable ninth-fastest in the second Racing Point Mercedes.

The McLarens of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris improved relative to their Friday pace, claiming fifth and seventh, split by the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.

The Monégasque driver’s teammate Sebastian Vettel had further troubles. After sitting out FP1 with intercooler issues and having his FP2 session compromised by a brake pedal drama, it appeared that the latter issue reared its head again in final practice.  The German finished only fourteenth-fastest.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth-fastest, driving a new RS20 chassis after his team was forced to break curfew to build a new car for the Australian when his usual machine was found to have a hairline crack – a possible legacy of his heavy accident at the Styrian Grand Prix three weeks ago.


FORMULA 1 PIRELLI BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2020 – FREE PRACTICE SESSION 2
Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:25.873 19
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:26.011 + 0.138 22
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB16 1:26.173 + 0.300 15
4. Lance Stroll Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:26.576 + 0.703 14
5. Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:26.664 + 0.791 22
6. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:26.771 + 0.898 19
7. Lando Norris McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:26.798 + 0.925 23
8. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:26.841 + 0.968 15
9. Nico Hülkenberg Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:26.872 + 0.999 15
10. Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:27.046 + 1.173 20
11. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:27.076 + 1.203 18
12. Esteban Ocon Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:27.158 + 1.285 16
13. Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing RB16 1:27.178 + 1.305 10
14. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.251 + 1.378 21
15. Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.537 + 1.664 18
16. George Russell Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:27.738 + 1.865 17
17. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.825 + 1.952 16
18. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.860 + 1.987 15
19. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.976 + 2.103 20
20. Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:28.112 + 2.239 16

Image via Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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