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70th Anniversary GP, Practice Two: Lewis Hamilton ahead for Mercedes



Hamilton in front of Bottas on slower tires; Ricciardo a surprise third for Renault; Late Ferrari engine failure for Vettel

Last updated: 07/08/20 17:02









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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine failure during practice 2 of the 70th anniversary Grand Prix.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine failure during practice 2 of the 70th anniversary Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton moved back ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the battle for Mercedes’ during the second practice for F1’s 70th anniversary GP this weekend.

But struggling Sebastian Vettel’s two weeks at Silverstone showed no sign of getting better with what appeared to be a fundamental engine failure that beat his Ferrari during the final minutes of the session.

“Big mistake in the back of the car,” Vettel reported after pulling off the circuit with oil leaking from the underside of his Ferrari as he pulled off the road at Copse.

Skyon F1’s Jenson Button said: “It’s a big explosion. It looks like it damaged the floor. A lot of oil on the underside of the car.”

Vettel had only been 14th in the table at the time, five days after finishing a low 10th place at Silverstone in the British GP, as his battle with SF1000 continues.

Hamilton, meanwhile, topped the session from Bottas by a tenth of a second via a fastest lap of 1: 25,606.

Briton’s best lap also came on the slower medium tire, while Bottas’ was on the faster soft.

However, amid swelling temperatures on one of F1’s fastest tracks, leading teams really seem set to run the soft as much as possible for the rest of the weekend due to barley.

Pirelli stuck to its decision to bring a softer range of tires to Silverstone’s second weekend despite the punctures delayed by Mercedes cars and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz at the end of last weekend.

Ricciardo causes surprise for Renault

Max Verstappen is again probably Hamilton and Botta’s next challenge comes qualifiers and the competition, but it was the Red Bull driver’s former teammate who was the fastest non-Mercedes in P2.

Daniel Ricciardo surpassed Verstappen by 0.016s on the same tire, with both cars finishing 0.8 seconds behind the leading pace.

Renault secured its best end to the season so far – fourth and sixth – last Sunday.

Then came Racing Point, with the results of the managers’ investigation of their car’s brake channels that proved the dominant topic of conversation in the pasture throughout Friday.

Lance Stroll finished two and a half tenths ahead of stand-in teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

Charles Leclerc was again the leader Ferrari, although it was further back in the seventh, with the McLaren duo Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz a little longer than in their usual rivals in the eighth and ninth, respectively.

Renault’s Esteban Ocon finished in the top 10 ahead of Alex Albon, who continues to wait for a breakthrough with a lap around Silverstone in Red Bull.

More to follow …




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