British GP, FP2: Stroll leads the way in FP2 as Albon crashes at Silverstone

Albon 2nd, Bottas 3rd

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By Olivier Ferret

31 July 2020 - 17:33
British GP, FP2: Stroll leads the (...)

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll set the pace in the second practice session ahead of Sunday’s FIA Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The Canadian eclipsed Red Bull Racing’s Alex Albon by just under a tenth of a second. There was trouble for Albon, however, with the Thai driver crashing out soon after his qualifying run.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc led the way on medium compound tyres in the initial stages of the session with a lap of 1:28.773s on the medium rubber but he was soon pushed out of top spot by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and by Albon who were also running mediums. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas then moved clear on medium tyres with a lap of 1:27.731s.

The switch to soft tyres for qualifying runs began shortly before the halfway point of the 90-minute session, with Albon one of the first out on track on the red-banded compound. He swiftly moved back to the top of the order with a lap of 1:27.363.

However, Stroll then edged him out with a lap of 1:27.274. Verstappen might have beaten both but on midway through his soft tyre run he came across Grosjean in the middle of track through Maggots/Becketts. Verstappen was forced to abandon his lap.

Bottas and team-mate Lewis Hamilton then bolted on soft tyres but could not match Stroll or Albon, with Bottas taking third, 0.157 off top spot, and Hamilton a further 0.15 behind.

The session was then red-flagged when Albon lost the rear of his RB16 midway through Stowe corner and slid hard into the barriers. The impact heavily damaged the rear and left-hand side of the car and brought out the red flags.

Carlos Sainz finished sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, who finished 0.636s off his new team-mate. Pierre Gasly took eighth for AlphaTauri, with Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Räikkönen rounding out the top 10.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel’s troubled day continued, and after completing just two laps in the morning he missed a large part of FP2 as Ferrari changed the pedals on his car after he had reported something being loose in his cockpit.

Pos.DriverCarTimeLaps
01 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes RP20 1:27.274 29
02 Alex Albon Red Bull Honda RB16 1:27.364 13
03 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W11 1:27.431 30
04 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF1000 1:27.570 30
05 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W11 1:27.581 27
06 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault MCL35 1:27.820 35
07 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point Mercedes RP20 1:27.910 28
08 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda AT01 1:27.997 31
09 Daniel Ricciardo Renault RS20 1:28.112 30
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C39 1:28.159 35
11 Lando Norris McLaren Renault MCL35 1:28.169 26
12 Esteban Ocon Renault RS20 1:28.219 35
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C39 1:28.256 31
14 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB16 1:28.390 23
15 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda AT01 1:28.426 29
16 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari VF-20 1:28.564 27
17 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW43 1:28.771 26
18 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari SF1000 1:28.860 23
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-20 1:28.898 27
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW43 1:29.958 35

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