The Mercedes-AMG team continued its dominant form in Friday practice for this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, with the afternoon session seeing Lewis Hamilton turn the tables on teammate Valtteri Bottas after being pipped by the Finnish driver in FP1.

The gap between the pair amounted to less than two-tenths of a second, but once again they were considerably quicker than everyone else.  This time the charge was led by Daniel Ricciardo, who impressively hauled his Renault to the third-fastest time in the 90-minute session – the Australian was, however, over 0.8 seconds adrift although confident that he could be a podium contender this weekend.

Conversely, it was a difficult FP2 session for the seemingly luckless Sebastian Vettel.  The Ferrari driver suffered a litany of mechanical dramas last weekend and barely had the pace to scrape into the points, and the afternoon’s running saw the German run off the pace before his power unit failed and dropped oil down the old start/finish straight.  He was classified fourteenth-fastest, while teammate Charles Leclerc was seventh-quickest but 1.2 seconds off the pace of the Mercedes’.

Max Verstappen was fourth-fastest in his Red Bull Racing Honda, ahead of the two Racing Point Mercedes’ of Lance Stroll and Nico Hülkenberg.  In an ultra-close midfield, Hülkenberg was only half a second faster than Romain Grosjean’s Haas which was fifteenth-fastest.

After a poor showing in FP1, McLaren showed improved pace in the afternoon session with Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris eighth- and ninth-fastest.  Esteban Ocon rounded out the top-ten, putting all four Renault-powered cars in the top-ten.


EMIRATES FORMULA 1 70TH ANNIVERSARY GRAND PRIX 2020 – FREE PRACTICE SESSION 2
Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:25.606 22
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:25.782 + 0.176 22
3. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:26.421 + 0.815 29
4. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB16 1:26.437 + 0.831 15
5. Lance Stroll Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:26.501 + 0.895 24
6. Nico Hülkenberg Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:26.746 + 1.140 26
7. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:26.812 + 1.206 32
8. Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:26.867 + 1.261 26
9. Lando Norris McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:26.918 + 1.312 24
10. Esteban Ocon Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:26.928 + 1.322 25
11. Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing RB16 1:26.960 + 1.354 25
12. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:27.002 + 1.396 33
13. Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:27.128 + 1.522 31
14. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.198 + 1.592 30
15. Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.294 + 1.688 28
16. George Russell Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:27.320 + 1.714 31
17. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.535 + 1.929 30
18. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.582 + 1.976 28
19. Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:27.683 + 2.077 32
20. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:27.955 + 2.349 26

Image via Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team

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