Sainz leads 2nd practice at British GP, with Mercedes changing

Sainz leads 2nd practice at British GP, with Mercedes changing

The rain stopped and finally allowed the drivers to enjoy the Silverstone circuit this Friday. And it was Ferrari who walked in the second free practice, which led with Carlos Sainz, with a 1m28s942 on soft tyres. Mercedes, who made significant updates to their car, put Lewis Hamilton in second place in the session ahead of Lando Norris.

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Championship leader Max Verstappen suffered from the strong wind and was not entirely sure of the car’s stability. He took fourth place in the session which closes the first day of activities on the Silverstone circuit.

Carlos Sainz led the second free practice at the British GP – Photo: Dan Mullan – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images

In the absence of rain, the teams were able to check the performance of the updates on their car; Sainz, for example, competed with flow vis – a viscous colored paint that illustrates the direction of airflow in the single-seater – on the rear wing, as did Alexander Albon on the side of his Williams.

Mercedes, which changed the front suspension, the devices on the side exits of the car (sidepods), the floor and the rear spoiler had an encouraging performance in the session. Although Hamilton reported a few rebounds – a problem which also affected Fernando Alonso – the seven-time champion emerged third midway through the session and, in the dying minutes, posted the second best time, 0s1 behind leader Sainz.

Despite the momentary appearance of Norris in the lead, the dispute for the best times remained concentrated between Leclerc and Sainz. Verstappen’s best time was a second place soon beaten by the Spaniard Ferrari. After some time in the middle of the grid, the Dutchman moved up to fourth while teammate RBR Pérez remained seventh.

Result of the second free practice of the British GP – Photo: F1

The third and final free practice for the British GP will take place this Saturday at 8 a.m. ge tracks everything in real time.

Ferrari also came to Silverstone with news. The main one was the modification of the rear wing, with less drag. According to Sainz himself, the goal is to take on the speed of rival RBR.

Lando Norris’ tire change in the final half of testing brought back bad memories for the Briton, who was stuck in the pits for 36s6 during the Canadian GP a fortnight ago. This time one of the McLaren driver’s mechanics put the left rear tire upside down on the MCL36 wheel and the jack used during the pit stop broke again.

British F1 GP info and schedule — Photo: Infoesporte

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