Hamilton leads FP1 & FP2 in bid to win 3rd British GP

While Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg suffered from mechanical gremlins kept his car in the garage for most of FP2, his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, set the fastest time during the session adding to his time-leading work in FP1.

A track that’s been kind to Red Bull in the past saw Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finish second and third respectively in the second practice session besting the two Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and fifth.

Perhaps the pace of the McLaren of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button is a good sign that the engine tokens they spent this weekend are paying dividends although it took Button some time to get a decent lap in as he was struggling quite a bit for grip and balance.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m31.660s36
2Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m32.051s0.391s30
3Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m32.286s0.626s36
4Sebastian VettelFerrari1m32.570s0.910s40
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m32.736s1.076s38
6Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m33.040s1.380s31
7Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m33.493s1.833s38
8Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m33.614s1.954s32
9Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m33.763s2.103s20
10Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m33.801s2.141s29
11Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m33.840s2.180s27
12Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m34.000s2.340s32
13Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Ferrari1m34.139s2.479s35
14Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m34.154s2.494s25
15Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m34.321s2.661s35
16Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m34.356s2.696s37
17Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1m34.549s2.889s40
18Jolyon PalmerRenault1m34.610s2.950s41
19Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m34.722s3.062s36
20Kevin MagnussenRenault1m34.959s3.299s41
21Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes1m35.841s4.181s36
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In the long runs later in the session Hamilton and Vettel were circulating close together, while the Mercedes pulled away initially, after a few laps the Ferrari was gaining. It looked quite encouraging for the race, but then Vettel pitted while Hamilton continued until the end of the session.

jiji the cat

The long pace of the red bulls looks good.


So Vettel ran the new “halo” in FP1 – this time apparently a more serious mock-up made from titanium with a carbon wrap, rather than the all carbon fibre one they showed earlier. Aesthetics aside, take a look at the onboard from the Räikkönen/Alonso crash in Austria last year and look carefully at that sharp front edge of the floor of Alonso’s car. Wouldn’t there be a distinct risk of that bit getting peeled off by the halo, and directed right at the driver’s head?


jiji the cat

Hope Mclaren can have a strong race pace as well.