Silverstone FP2: Verstappen goes quickest but all to play for

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 16, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202107160351 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen topped the timing sheets during FP2 for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, in a session where race preparations dominated.

Verstappen marginally missed out on pole last night, but returned to the top of the order Saturday lunchtime, ending up more than three tenths clear of second place man Charles Leclerc.

With Sprint Qualifying scheduled for 16:30 local time today and the Grand Prix set for tomorrow, all the teams focused on their long-runs meaning that the headline times are certainly difficult to read too much into.

Carlos Sainz was third for Ferrari, having endured a somewhat difficult qualifying session, while Esteban Ocon was fourth.

Sergio Perez was fifth for Red Bull, followed by the McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo who were very closely matched once again after being separated by just 0.002 seconds in quali.

Lewis Hamilton was eighth for Mercedes, with Valtteri Bottas ninth, an unusual result in normal conditions, but on this weekend in particular is unlikely to give an indication of the pace that W12 possesses.

Hamilton was on pole by less than a tenth on Friday, but it is the race pace that will determine whether he can throw the drivers’ championship wide open with a win.

Pierre Gasly was 10th for AlphaTauri, George Russell 11th after his stunning showing during qualifying last night.

Antonio Giovinazzi was 12th, Fernando Alonso was 13th, with fellow world champion Kimi Raikkonen 14th.

Yuki Tsunoda disappointed on Friday by failing to get out of Q1 and finished 16th here, just behind Nicholas Latifi.

Sebastian Vettel was 17th, while Lance Stroll continued his disappointing weekend with a P18 finish.

Nikita Mazepin was 19th, with Haas teammate Mick Schumacher rounding out the field.

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