Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Verstappen Tops Second Practice Session, Albon Impresses Again

Max Verstappen dominated Friday’s practice sessions for the British Grand Prix, setting the fastest time in Free Practice Two. He led the pack for Oracle Red Bull Racing, with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Alex Albon close behind.

Initially, Sainz set the pace on medium tyres, but Verstappen quickly took over the top position when the drivers switched to soft tyres midway through the session.

Verstappen recorded an impressive lap time of 1:28.078s, surpassing his previous benchmark from Free Practice Two by over half a second. Sainz trailed closely behind, only 0.022s adrift, while Albon and the Williams Racing continued to perform well, securing third place on the timesheets.

Sergio Pérez finished fourth, a quarter of a second behind his teammate Verstappen, while rookie driver Logan Sargeant showcased Williams’ strong start by rounding up the top five positions.

Silverstone-based Aston Martin Armaco Cognizant F1 Team secured sixth and tenth places, with Lance Stroll leading the team ahead of Fernando Alonso. Stroll faced minor issues, losing a mirror and injuring his finger with a stone, while Alonso experienced a problem with his car’s front-left side.

Credit: Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team

Nico Hülkenberg demonstrated an impressive improvement, going from the bottom of the timesheets in Free Practice to seventh in Free Practice Two. BWT Alpine F1 Team’s Pierre Gasly and McLaren F1 Team’s Oscar Piastri filled the gaps between Hülkenberg and Alonso, completing the top half of the field.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team had yet another disappointing session, with George Russell in twelfth place, just behind Zhou Guanyu. Lewis Hamilton struggled and ended up in fifteenth place after running wide and going over the kerbs at Stowe, and lacking pace throughout the session.

Esteban Ocon and Lando Norris secured thirteenth and fourteenth positions for Alpine and McLaren, respectively. Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries occupied the remaining spots ahead of Leclerc. De Vries encountered a scary moment after the session, suffering a sudden puncture on his AlphaTauri’s front-right tire.

Scuderia Ferrari mechanics gathered around Charles Leclerc’s car at the start of the session, attempting to fix an electrical issue. However, they couldn’t complete the repair in time and they will now be playing catch-up for the rest of the weekend, especially with only one hour of free practice to go at Silverstone.

POS DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:28.078 27
2 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:28.100 +0.022s 29
3 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:28.296 +0.218s 30
4 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:28.342 +0.264s 30
5 Logan Sargeant WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:28.766 +0.688s 29
6 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:28.866 +0.788s 30
7 Nico Hulkenberg HAAS FERRARI 1:28.880 +0.802s 28
8 Pierre Gasly ALPINE RENAULT 1:28.889 +0.811s 27
9 Oscar Piastri MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:28.926 +0.848s 29
10 Fernando Alonso ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:29.134 +1.056s 26
11 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:29.225 +1.147s 28
12 George Russell MERCEDES 1:29.238 +1.160s 25
13 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:29.242 +1.164s 24
14 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:29.260 +1.182s 24
15 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:29.283 +1.205s 24
16 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:29.378 +1.300s 28
17 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:29.439 +1.361s 20
18 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT 1:29.483 +1.405s 25
19 Nyck De Vries ALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT 1:29.571 +1.493s 29
20 Charles Leclerc FERRARI N/A N/A N/A
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