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.

Alexander Albon, Red Bull Racing Honda RB16 - 2020 British Grand Prix

The increasingly under-pressure Albon did himself no favours with a heavy crash at Stowe.

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 Logo 2020 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 Ferrari Logo 2020 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 Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:27.820 + 0.546 35
7. Nico Hülkenberg Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:27.910 + 0.636 28
8. Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:27.997 + 0.723 31
9. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:28.112 + 0.838 30
10. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:28.159 + 0.885 35
11. Lando Norris McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:28.169 + 0.895 26
12. Esteban Ocon Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:28.219 + 0.945 35
13. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:28.256 + 0.982 31
14. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB16 1:28.390 + 1.116 23
15. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:28.426 + 1.152 29
16. Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:28.564 + 1.290 27
17. George Russell Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:28.771 + 1.497 26
18. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:28.860 + 1.586 23
19. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:28.898 + 1.624 27
20. Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:29.958 + 2.684 35

Image via BWT Racing Point Formula 1 Team and Formula1.com

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.
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