Great Britain F1 GP: Max Verstappen topping the timesheets

Max Verstappen was again the fastest in the practice session. In a session where a lot of work was done to obtain data with the 3 tire compounds, Charles Leclerc was the second fastest and Carlos Sainz the third driver with the fastest time.

The timesheet can be “misleading” as it was noticed that many drivers were at race pace. This seems obvious, as the qualifying sprint only decides the grid position and at a circuit where there are many opportunities for overtaking, track position is not as fundamental as in other races.

The second free practice for the Great Britain GP started with Esteban Ocon setting the first benchmark with 1:31.944s. However, both Red Bulls moved to the top of the timesheets, first with Sergio Perez and then Max Verstappen. The Dutchman ran on medium tires in 1:30,428s.

With 20 minutes of the session, Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll, Charles Leclerc, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Mick Schumacher, Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda and Antonio Giovinazzi were out of the top 10.

The two McLaren drivers ran more than 15 laps on the same set of medium tyres, while the Mercedes ran on soft tires without setting very fast times, then switched to hard tires for Valtteri Bottas.

When McLaren fitted new medium tires on the cars, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo jumped to 3rd and 4th respectively. Verstappen improved his time to 1:29.902s., while Carlos Sainz on soft tires moved up to second place at 0.605s off the Dutchman. His teammate Charles Leclerc on medium tires improved the Spaniard’s time and was 0.375s off Verstappen’s time.

Esteban Ocon moved back to the top of the timesheets again, this time with fourth fastest time and on medium tires fitted to the Alpine.

Towards the end of the session, Verstappen was informed by the team via radio that they wanted six to seven quick laps with the hard tires fitted. By that time, Verstappen had completed 17 laps in the session. Leclerc, in second place, had completed 27 laps.

Until the end of the session, no driver had faster times.