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Valtteri Bottas

Silverstone FP2: Bottas edges Hamilton as Ferrari chase

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas edged out Mercedes teammate and local hero Lewis Hamilton in the second free practice session of the British Grand Prix weekend, with Ferrari best of the rest and starting to show their hand, albeit three tenths off the benchmark pace around Silverstone.

Bottas, who is clearly in inspired form since his victory in Austria five days ago, scorched around Silverstone in a best lap time of 1:28.496, which was 0.047 of a second up on Hamilton’s best lap time in the 90 minutes afternoon session.

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Thus Bottas topped both sessions on the day, but there is very little separating the Mercedes chaps at the top of the timing screens.

After keeping their powder dry in the morning practice, Ferrari were chasing hard with Kimi Raikkonen third quickest and Sebastian Vettel fourth. But ominously for the Reds they were three tenths down on the Silver Arrows pair.

Fifth and sixth fastest were the Red Bull duo, with Max Verstappen fifth quickest albeit six tenths down on Bottas’ best, followed by Daniel Ricciardo who was a full second down on the top time.

It’s safe to say that the pecking order that has emerged this weekend is: Mercedes ahead of Ferrari, with Red Bull up next.

Nico Hulkenberg posted an impressive seventh fastest time in his Renault, followed by Williams’ Felipe Massa in eighth, Fernando Alonso in the McLaren ninth and Esteban Ocon rounding out the top ten in his Force India.

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British Grand Prix, Silverstone – Free Practice 2, Best Lap Times

POSNODRIVERCARTIMEGAPLAPS
177Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:28.496 31
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:28.543+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