Tsunoda leads Carlin 1-2 in Silverstone Free Practice

Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda topped Free Practice for the third time in four rounds, as Carlin claimed a 1-2 finish at their home event, with teammate Jehan Daruvala in second place, 0.4s further back.

The field were glad to see some sunshine after a rather wet start to the 2020 season, and wasted no time in getting out on track, with all 22 of the grid setting a flying lap at the first opportunity.

Mick Schumacher was the first around the British circuit, stretching his legs and taking a scenic tour of Silverstone as he tried to warm up his tires.

There was an early yellow flag as Giuliano Alesi spun off track and came to a halt on his second lap of the circuit. When things got back underway, we got the familiar sight of Tsunoda at the top of the Free Practice leaderboard.

Daruvala nestled in behind him, while UNI-Virtuosi looked in solid form once more, taking third and fourth in the early stages.

Tsunoda pushed the limits slightly too hard, spinning at Copse and bringing out a brief yellow flag. The Red Bull junior did well to keep the car running and get going again.

Felipe Drugovich managed to get a lap in ahead of the spin, jumping up to third. The MP Motorsport racer looks much more confident on the hard tires, which brought him great success in the opening two rounds in Austria.

Tsunoda’s time of 1:40.563 could not be bettered in the second half of the session, as the field focused on gathering data and getting laps under their belts.

Callum Ilott and Guanyu Zhou remained fourth and fifth, ahead of Dan Ticktum, Louis Delétraz and Nikita Mazepin. Christian Lundgaard and Marcus Armstrong completed the top ten.

Tsunoda will look to turn his early form into pole position, when Qualifying takes place at 5pm (local time).

Practice Results

POS NO DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP INT
1 7 Yuki TSUNODA Carlin 1:40.563 0.000s 0.000s
2 8 Jehan DARUVALA Carlin 1:41.033 0.470 0.470
3 15 Felipe DRUGOVICH MP Motorsport 1:41.063 0.500 0.030
4 4 Callum ILOTT UNI-Virtuosi 1:41.182 0.619 0.119
5 3 Guanyu ZHOU UNI-Virtuosi 1:41.348 0.785 0.166
6 2 Dan TICKTUM DAMS 1:41.357 0.794 0.009
7 11 Louis DELETRAZ Charouz Racing System 1:41.428 0.865 0.071
8 24 Nikita MAZEPIN Hitech Grand Prix 1:41.496 0.933 0.068
9 6 Christian LUNDGAARD ART Grand Prix 1:41.512 0.949 0.016
10 5 Marcus ARMSTRONG ART Grand Prix 1:41.557 0.994 0.045
11 20 Mick SCHUMACHER PREMA Racing 1:41.671 1.108 0.114
12 1 Sean GELAEL DAMS 1:41.718 1.155 0.047
13 25 Luca GHIOTTO Hitech Grand Prix 1:41.767 1.204 0.049
14 21 Robert SHWARTZMAN PREMA Racing 1:41.778 1.215 0.011
15 12 Pedro PIQUET Charouz Racing System 1:41.972 1.409 0.194
16 14 Nobuharu MATSUSHITA MP Motorsport 1:41.994 1.431 0.022
17 22 Roy NISSANY Trident 1:42.221 1.658 0.227
18 16 Artem MARKELOV BWT HWA RACELAB 1:42.408 1.845 0.187
19 9 Jack AITKEN Campos Racing 1:42.687 2.124 0.279
20 23 Marino SATO Trident 1:43.326 2.763 0.639
21 10 Guilherme SAMAIA Campos Racing 1:44.556 3.993 1.230
22 17 Giuliano ALESI BWT HWA RACELAB 1:59.029 18.466 14.473

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