Valtteri Bottas led a MercedesAMG 1-2 in FP2 at Silverstone on with the Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) duo of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel finishing immediately behind Lewis Hamilton, the wind and new track surface made for challenging FP session Friday.
Mr. Bottas led much of FP1 before Pierre Gasly’s late flying lap, but the MercedesAMG driver had a comfortable hold on P1 throughout FP2. He ended the second session with a time of 1m 26.732s on soft tires, and that was enough to eventually beat Mr. Hamilton by just 0.069s.
Mr. Bottas’ FP2 session was then compromised with a car issue that sprung 30 mins before the end. He emerged with a few mins remaining, but completed 25 laps compared to Mr. Hamilton’s 35.
At Ferrari Leclerc was 2/10ths behind the leader and 0.251s ahead of team mate Vettel. Mr. Vettel’s session ended with an engine issue as he told engineers that his car’s battery had lost charge.
The morning’s pacesetter, Pierre Gasly, settled for 5th in his Red Bull in the 2nd session half a sec off Bottas. McLaren’s Lando Norris split the Red Bulls with a time of 1m 27.546s, 7th-place Max Verstappen just 0.016s behind him. Mr. Norris was also 1 of several drivers to struggle with the crosswinds, going off at the Becketts-Maggots section. He was in good company, as Mr. Hamilton was 2X bitten at the corner and Mr. Vettel also went off there.
F1 ROLEX BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2019
|1 Valtteri BOTTAS MercedesAMG||1:26.732|
|2 Lewis HAMILTON MercedesAMG||+0.069s|
|3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari||+0.197s|
|4 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari||+0.448s|
|5 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Racing||+0.517s|
Sebastian Vettel delivered victory for Ferrari at Silverstone last year, the Big Q: Will he repeat Sunday?
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HeffX-LTN overall technical outlook for RACE is Very Bullish, very light overhead resistance now stands at 171.67, and very strong support at 164.71, all Key indicators are Very Bullish in here. Ferrari finished at 166.51 + 0.08 Friday in NY.
The F1 2019 schedule reaches its 10th race of the season Sunday, the British Grand Prix in Northamptonshire, England. ESPN2 returns as the TV channel that will broadcast this weekend’s F1 race, with a start time of 9:05 a.m. ET on Sunday. The British Grand Prix also can be live streamed via the ESPN app.
Enjoy the racing this weekend.