Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen was fastest in the second and final practice session ahead of the first sprint race at the British Grand Prix later today.
> Verstappen fastest on medium tyres, but focus on race runs
> Leclerc and Sainz second and third for Ferrari
> Hamilton down in eighth for Mercedes
Red Bull’s Verstappen was quickest in the 60-minute session with a 1m29.902s on the medium tyres, a benchmark that was almost four seconds slower than Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying-topping time from Friday evening.
With qualifying already complete and the grid for F1’s first sprint race already set, the 20 drivers focused on race runs rather than low fuel qualifying simulations.
Verstappen ran two stints, one on mediums and the other on hard tyres while his title rival Hamilton trialled the soft and hard tyres across two stints.
Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were second and third quickest in the session, although Sainz set his time on the soft tyres while Leclerc completed his best effort on the medium tyres.
Fourth fastest on the medium tyres was Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, who has a brand new chassis this weekend that he hopes will cure his recent poor fortune in comparison to his team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez will start the sprint race from fifth place and that’s where he ended the second practice session.
In another repeat result from qualifying, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo were sixth and seventh fastest.
Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were eighth and ninth for Mercedes. Hamilton set his best effort amid a long run on soft tyres while Bottas’s fastest lap was set on the hard tyres.
A little bit of post-session drama as Valtteri Bottas goes sideways following a practice start! 😮
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Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10 for AlphaTauri, one place ahead of George Russell, who will start the sprint race from eighth on the grid.
Mick Schumacher was grounded to his Haas garage early in the session when the team discovered damage to the rear of his car.
He rejoined the session to post the slowest time of all, 1.5s behind his team-mate Nikita Mazepin.
Practice 2 Results
|Pos||Name||Car||Best Time||Gap Leader|
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||1m29.902s|
|3||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1m30.507s||+0.605s|
|5||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull-Honda||1m30.8s||+0.898s|
|12||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m31.263s||+1.361s|
|14||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m31.328s||+1.426s|
|17||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m31.593s||+1.691s|
|18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m32.041s||+2.139s|