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Max Verstappen Tops Final Practice Session As Teams Test Long-Run Pace

Max Verstappen

In a session where teams appeared to be running variable fuel loads, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was fastest in the second and final practice for the British GP.

Formula 1 returned to the Silverstone circuit for Free Practice 2 with the vehicles in parc ferme conditions, allowing only minor changes to the car’s setup, such as wing angle and brake pads. Surprisingly, this didn’t seem to slow things down much.

After a single lap, returned to the pits for an adjustment to his visor due to a problem with “a lot of air getting into my helmet.

With the cars carrying heavy fuel loads and only two ‘races’ remaining, the early lap times were about five seconds slower than qualifying, with Esteban Ocon leading the way with a 1:31.9. Sergio Perez passed him before Verstappen went purple, purple, purple on the medium tyres and crossed the line in 1:30.4.

Lewis Hamilton on the hard tyres was P5 as he twitched his way to a 1:32 while Mercedes informed Valtteri Bottas that he had “possible damage” on his rear reflector. The team went onto warn Hamilton to stay off the kerbs. Later, however, they realized it was a “tear-off” that was causing Bottas’ issues, not a kerb-mounting moment.

Perez’s front right was showing graining nine circuits into his medium tyre run. The windy conditions were cushioning his RB16B, according to the Mexican. It was a Honda for Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda. 30 minutes into the 60-minute period, 1-2-3-4, with Nicholas Latifi in fifth place. Lando Norris broke Honda’s stranglehold on third place, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Bottas, and Hamilton in fourth.

As the track wore in, Ferrari was another team to gain some speed, with Charles Leclerc moving up to second place ahead of Carlos Sainz. Leclerc was on the mediums, while his teammate was on the softs. Verstappen set the fastest time of the practice with a 1:29.0, finishing 0.375 seconds clear of Leclerc and Sainz in third.

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