Lance Stroll led the way on the timesheets at the end of a disrupted second practice session for the British Formula 1 Grand Prix. The Racing Point driver finished narrowly ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Alexander Albon, who brought his session to an early end with a hard crash midway through the 90-minute session.
Albon found himself in the barriers after the back end of his RB16 snapped loose and he overcorrected after catching the slide. With extensive damage to his car, the red flags were unfurled and Albon was taken to the medical centre as a precaution after his car’s g-force sensor was triggered.
The interruption to the session came midway through may drivers’ qualifying-style runs, leading to an ultimately jumbled final order on the time sheets. Stroll therefore led the way with a fastest time of 1:27.274, just 0.090 seconds clear of Albon before the Anglo-Thai driver’s crash.
Valtteri Bottas was third-fastest in the lead Mercedes-AMG, less than two-tenths of a second slower than Stroll, while the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc finished fourth-quickest despite the Monégasque driver having a low-speed spin at The Loop early on.
Bottas’ teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton was fifth on the timesheets. He lost the chance at posting a fast lap when Albon triggered the red flags, and aborted a later effort when he ran wide at Brooklands.
Carlos Sainz took the upgraded McLaren sixth-fastest ahead of Nico Hülkenberg in the second Racing Point. While still not entirely comfortable in the RP20’s cockpit, the German looked more at ease in his second outing in the car as he drives in place of Sergio Pérez after the Mexican’s COVID-19 diagnosis leading into this weekend.
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Räikkönen completed the top-ten, while FP1 pace-setter Max Verstappen found himself way down the order.
The Dutch driver’s poor position came courtesy of Haas Romain Grosjean, who was completely in the way when Verstappen came through the Maggotts-Becketts sweepers on a flying lap.
Having only managed two untimed laps in FP1 before an intercooler issue reared its head, Sebastian Vettel was a driver in need of some track mileage on Friday afternoon. Fate had other ideas, however, with the Ferrari driver forced into the pits after complaining of something loose in his car’s footwell.
He eventually finished 18th-fastest, ahead of only the Haas of Kevin Magnussen and the Williams of Nicholas Latifi – the latter having a now-customary Friday practice spin, this time taking to the gravel at Stowe.
|FORMULA 1 PIRELLI BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2020 – FREE PRACTICE SESSION 2|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lance Stroll||Racing Point F1 Team RP20||1:27.274||29|
|2.||Alexander Albon||Red Bull Racing RB16||1:27.364||+ 0.090||13|
|3.||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11||1:27.431||+ 0.157||30|
|4.||Charles Leclerc||Scuderia Ferrari SF1000||1:27.570||+ 0.296||30|
|5.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11||1:27.581||+ 0.307||27|
|6.||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren F1 Team MCL35||1:27.820||+ 0.546||35|
|7.||Nico Hülkenberg||Racing Point F1 Team RP20||1:27.910||+ 0.636||28|
|8.||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01||1:27.997||+ 0.723||31|
|9.||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault F1 Team R.S.20||1:28.112||+ 0.838||30|
|10.||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing C39||1:28.159||+ 0.885||35|
|11.||Lando Norris||McLaren F1 Team MCL35||1:28.169||+ 0.895||26|
|12.||Esteban Ocon||Renault F1 Team R.S.20||1:28.219||+ 0.945||35|
|13.||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing C39||1:28.256||+ 0.982||31|
|14.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing RB16||1:28.390||+ 1.116||23|
|15.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01||1:28.426||+ 1.152||29|
|16.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team VF-20||1:28.564||+ 1.290||27|
|17.||George Russell||Williams Racing FW43||1:28.771||+ 1.497||26|
|18.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF1000||1:28.860||+ 1.586||23|
|19.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team VF-20||1:28.898||+ 1.624||27|
|20.||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Racing FW43||1:29.958||+ 2.684||35|
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