Bottas tops second practice as Ferrari edge closer

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F1 Grand Prix, GP United Kingdom, Silverstone Circuitgb

Finnish Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas continued to lead the field in the second free practice session at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton was again a close second as both Ferrari drivers managed to jump the Red Bull duo to go thrid and fourth fastest.

The session saw Raikkonen go faster than his team mate again, despite a high speed spin at Becketts, basically ruining a set of soft tyres.

Max Verstappen remained the fastest Red Bull Racing driver, 4 tenths quicker than his team mate, Daniel Ricciardo. The latter did however not run the super soft tyre as the team were splitting strategies to determine the durability of both compounds. The duo were ahead of Ferrari in first practice, but the improved pace displayed by the Scuderia cars saw them drop down the pecking order.

Nico Hulkenberg ended the session 7th fastest, ahead of Massa, Alonso and Ocon.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
177Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:28.496-31
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:28.543+0.047s35
37Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:28.828+0.332s36
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1:28.956+0.460s36
533Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:29.098+0.602s32
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:29.586+1.090s35
727Nico HulkenbergRenault1:29.936+1.440s37
819Felipe MassaWilliams Mercedes1:30.006+1.510s36
914Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:30.238+1.742s28
1031Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:30.383+1.887s42
1155Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:30.555+2.059s26
1226Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:30.562+2.066s34
1311Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:30.624+2.128s43
148Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:30.661+2.165s33
1518Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:30.695+2.199s37
162Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:30.782+2.286s31
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:30.835+2.339s33
1830Jolyon PalmerRenault1:30.879+2.383s25
199Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:31.616+3.120s27
2094Pascal WehrleinSauber Ferrari1:31.929+3.433s30