Valtteri Bottas fastest at Silverstone in FP2

Following FP2 for the British Grand Prix, Chris Soulsby looks at the session which saw Valtteri Bottas set the pace.

Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO8 in the Pitlane during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2017 in Northampton, England.

After Valtteri Bottas set the pace in first practice, Formula 1 returned for second practice at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. In second practice, teams began conducting long distance running, and also began undertaking qualifying simulations due to a chance of rain for FP3 ahead of qualifying.

Valtteri Bottas fastest at Silverstone in FP2

For second practice, Kevin Magnussen returned behind the wheel for Haas F1 after he sat out FP1 so Antonio Giovinazzi could drive in the session.

While FP1 saw relatively few incidents, a number of incidents occurred in FP2 with a number of drivers having off track excursions. Drivers included Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, and Lewis Hamilton, who ran wide and violently hit a kerb out on track, resulting in suspected floor damage. One incident out on track however, was between Massa and Max Verstappen, with Verstappen being blocked during a flying lap in the final sector by the Williams driver. Due to this extensive blocking, the incident is being investigated by the stewards, and may result in Massa being a given a penalty in qualifying.

When the 90 minute long session ended, Valtteri Bottas emerged as the pacesetter for the second time this weekend, setting a 1:28.496. The lap of the session however, was Lewis Hamilton’s, being only 0.047 seconds slower than Bottas on the slower soft compound tyre. In FP2, Red Bull Racing and Ferrari switched positions in the running order with the Ferrari pair being third and fourth fastest in the session, within 0.5 seconds of the Mercedes drivers.

After FP2, one thing that was notable was the low tyre degredation rates around Silverstone, especially on thee supersoft tyre. For this reason, a one stop race could be a likely prospect on Sunday, although the British Grand Prix is usually a two stop race.

Results from Practice 2 for the British Grand Prix:

  1. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, 1:28.496
  2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:28.543
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:28.828
  4. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:28.956
  5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1:29.098
  6. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing, 1:29.586
  7. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 1:29.936
  8. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:30.006
  9. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:30.238
  10. Esteban Ocon, Force India, 1:30.383
  11. Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso,
  12. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:30.562
  13. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:30.624
  14. Romain Grosjean, Haas F1, 1:30.661
  15. Lance Stroll, Williams, 1:30.695
  16. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, 1:30.782
  17. Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1, 1:30.835
  18. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 1:30.879
  19. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:31.616
  20. Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber, 1:31.929

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