Silverstone, FP2: Bottas tops second practice

Hamilton 2nd, Leclerc 3rd


By Olivier Ferret

12 July 2019 - 16:37
Silverstone, FP2: Bottas tops (...)

Valtteri Bottas edged Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top the timesheet in the second free practice session ahead of the British Grand Prix.

Bottas had been denied top spot in the morning session by Pierre Gasly but in the afternoon there was no stopping the Finn. Bottas stamped his authority on the session early on, running eight tenths quicker than Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen on the medium Pirelli compound on offer at Silverstone this weekend.

The tyre clearly suited the Mercedes driver, as during the performance runs on soft compound tyres later in the session, Bottas initially failed to improve on his medium-shod best time. Eventually he managed to find a comfort zone and posted a lap of 1:26.732s lap that stood as the fastest of the session.

Team-mate Hamilton, who had been well off Bottas’ pace in the early part of the session, found a more significant improvement on the soft tyres and he hauled himself to within seven hundredths of a second of Bottas’ benchmark.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took third place in the session finishing just under two tenths off Bottas to suggest that the Italian team might challenge expected pacesetters Mercedes at high-speed Silverstone.

The Monegasque driver’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel was fourth but while he made a good improvement with his soft tyre run he still finished more than two tenths shy of his team-mate’s time.

FP1’s fastest man Pierre Gasly couldn’t match his heroics from the morning session but he still managed to end the second 90-minute practice period as the highest placed Red Bull, just under seven hundredths of a second behind Vettel.

The French driver was separated from team-mate Max Verstappen by McLaren’s Lando Norris. The British rookie end the session just under three tenths of a second adtift of Gasly and 0.016s ahead of seventh-placed Verstappen.

Eight place went to Carlos Sainz in the second McLaren, with the Spaniard finishing one hundredth of a second ahead of Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon. The top 10 ordser was rounded out by Sergio Perez of Racing Point who set a best time of 1:28.002 to finish 1.270 off Bottas.

01 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W10 1:26.732 25
02 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W10 1:26.801 35
03 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF90 1:26.929 30
04 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari SF90 1:27.180 30
05 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Honda RB15 1:27.249 31
06 Lando Norris McLaren Renault MCL34 1:27.546 38
07 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB15 1:27.562 32
08 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault MCL34 1:27.987 39
09 Alex Albon Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:27.997 38
10 Sergio Pérez Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:28.002 32
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:28.008 36
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:28.059 30
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:28.126 33
14 Daniel Ricciardo Renault RS19 1:28.128 17
15 Nico Hülkenberg Renault RS19 1:28.217 34
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:28.240 37
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:28.294 28
18 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:28.794 26
19 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes FW42 1:29.935 37
20 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW42 1:30.514 11

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