F1: Verstappen tops final British GP practice

Working on race setup like all the drivers were doing in the final practice for the British GP ahead of the first-ever F1 Sprint Qualifying race later today, Max Verstappen turned the fastest lap of 1m29.902s.

No one knows how much fuel each of the drivers were running, so the times may be meaningless. The true pecking order is still a complete mystery – which makes the Sprint an even more exciting prospect. Has anyone been sandbagging out there?

Verstappen finished 0.375s ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and 0.605s ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr.

Charles Leclerc credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Leclerc managed a stunning P4 on the grid yesterday, which is where he will start for the Sprint Race. But while his Ferrari teammate Sainz Jr will be trying to move forward, Leclerc might be trying harder to defend – he’ll have Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in his mirrors at the start.

Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez rounded out the top-5.

Long runs were the order of the day, although Hamilton was starting to worry about the mileage being added to his engine.

Hamilton and Bottas called it a day early – both in their respective garages having a chat with their engineers. Mercedes have an incredible record here in the turbo hybrid era, with Hamilton having won six of the last eight races here.

Silverstone Pits. Mercedes parks it for the day

Alpine had a lot of work on their hands yesterday between sessions, with Fernando Alonso unhappy with the handling of his car and complaining about understeer. He sounded a lot happier today, as does Esteban Ocon – those two both feeling that on race pace, they could be right up there.

Sebastian Vettel ran past the 30 lap marker – a huge total considering this is practice. He has already been well past the Sprint distance, having run a set of mediums for 20 laps today and a new set of hards for ten.

Lance Stroll struggling for speed

Mark C. reporting for AutoRacing1.com

Practice 2 Results

1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:29.902 +0.000s 23
2 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:30.277 +0.375s 30
3 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:30.507 +0.605s 29
4 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:30.707 +0.805s 30
5 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda 1:30.800 +0.898s 27
6 4 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1:31.030 +1.128s 24
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1:31.034 +1.132s 23
8 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.131 +1.229s 27
9 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:31.180 +1.278s 27
10 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1:31.188 +1.286s 31
11 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:31.237 +1.335s 24
12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:31.263 +1.361s 29
13 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1:31.289 +1.387s 27
14 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:31.328 +1.426s 26
15 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:31.337 +1.435s 30
16 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1:31.404 +1.502s 32
17 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1:31.593 +1.691s 33
18 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1:32.041 +2.139s 31
19 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari 1:32.474 +2.572s 30
20 47 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1:34.017 +4.115s 28