Valtteri Bottas topped the times once again in second practice for this weekends British Grand Prix. The Finn only narrowly beat his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by .04 of a second.
Bottas set his time on the softest tyre which was again lower than the unofficial lap record which he had set during first practice. This will set the Mercedes up in good position going into the rest of the weekend, for what is affectively their home Grand Prix.
But Ferrari did cut the defect to the silver arrows, with Kimi Raikkonen only three tenths behind and he did lead the session until Bottas did the fast lap on the Mediums. Hamilton also looked good on the supersofts, however he ran off the track at Chapel and told his engineers he feared he had damaged the car in the process.
While he didn’t go fastest, Hamilton looked to led the field on his race simulations being two tenths faster than Bottas.
Raikkonen also had his moment at Becketts, he suffered oversteer. The Finn’s race simulations were interrupted by yellow flags, that means he is unlikely to have shown his real pace. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel was fourth being four tenths behind Bottas.
Both Ferrari’s have new engines for this weekend, which it hopes will deliver a significant power boost. Vettel’s car did not receive a new turbocharger or MGU-H, meaning he will avoid a grid penalty for this race if no more parts are needed
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fifth a tenth and a half behind Vettel. The Dutchman setting his best time on the supersofts. That put him almost half a second faster than team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who also set his best time on the supersoft.
It was difficult staying on track for some, the former RAF airfield known for it winds blew Carlos Sainz, Felipe Massa, Jolyon Palmer and Raikkonen close to the barriers.
Sainz’s country tour meant his missed over half the session, thou he was eleventh fastest one place ahead of team-mate Daniil Kyvat. The duo being spilt by just .007 of a second.
Nico Hulkenberg, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon completed the top 10, all using super-softs, with Williams driver Massa spinning at Chapel late in the session after setting his best time.
Sergio Perez was eleventh fastest. Romain Grosjean suffered a huge lock up on his way to fourteenth, putting him ahead of Lance Stroll’s Williams.
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