British GP: Carlos Sainz fastest Lewis Hamilton in practice two as Mercedes show promise

Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris, both 0.2s behind Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari; Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc fourth and fifth with improvements from Mercedes that seem to make a difference; Watch the British GP final practice at 12:00pm on Saturday, and qualifying at 3:00pm

Last update: 07/01/22 6:03 pm

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Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok is on the SkyPad to discuss Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest laps during second practice at Silverstone.

Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok is on the SkyPad to discuss Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest laps during second practice at Silverstone.

Carlos Sainz was quickest for Ferrari in a fiercely competitive practice two for the British GP, while Lewis Hamilton boosted his home race hopes by finishing second as Mercedes showed promise with their upgraded car.

In front of a packed Silverstone crowd, Lando Norris was just behind compatriot Hamilton in third, with the McLaren driver surprisingly quicker than title rivals Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

“It’s very exciting,” said 2009 world champion Jenson Button on Sky Sports F1. “Four different cars, four teams divided by two tenths of a second!”

Sainz overcame a dry P2, made even more crucial and intriguing after a rain-interrupted opening session, by 0.153s despite running wide at Copse Corner.

Martin Brundle and Jenson Button were on track to watch the drivers tackle challenging conditions at Becketts Corner during second practice at the British Grand Prix.

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Martin Brundle and Jenson Button were on track to watch the drivers tackle challenging conditions at Becketts Corner during second practice at the British Grand Prix.

Martin Brundle and Jenson Button were on track to watch the drivers tackle challenging conditions at Becketts Corner during second practice at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton had dropped to 15th at one stage but found pace in his race on soft tires to move into second in a Mercedes car that has many updates, including a new floor, as the team aims for its first win of the season.

Norris, who was leading before Sainz and Hamilton’s fastest laps, was still within two tenths of Sainz at the end of the session.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen crashes at Turn 3 due to gusty winds at Silverstone.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crashes at Turn 3 due to gusty winds at Silverstone.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crashes at Turn 3 due to gusty winds at Silverstone.

Verstappen, the title leader by 46 points, and Leclerc, who has the most pole positions this season, battled for single-lap speed and finished 0.2 and 0.4 seconds off the pace, respectively.

Fernando Alonso was sixth for Alpine, ahead of Sergio Pérez’s Red Bull and George Russell’s Mercedes.

Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll, whose spin at the end of P1 raised red flags, rounded out the top 10 to close out the opening day from the home of British motorsport.

Mercedes takes a ‘step forward’ at Silverstone

While Red Bull and Ferrari have dominated F1 2022 and shared the nine wins so far this season, all eyes were on Mercedes heading to Silverstone as the Silver Arrows hoped for a combination of significant upgrades, and a track The right Silverstone course for them would propel them back to the finish line. forward on the local circuit of Hamilton and Russell.

It’s too early to say they’re in the hunt for pole and victory, but things are looking much brighter for a team that has suffered from violent rebounds and a lack of pace so far this season.

“It looks like we’ve made a step forward because we’re not normally near the top on Fridays,” said Andrew Shovlin, director of engineering at the track.

Lewis Hamilton has a bit of a problem at the end of practice two with something falling off the floor of his car at turn 9.

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Lewis Hamilton has a bit of a problem at the end of practice two with something falling off the floor of his car at turn 9.

Lewis Hamilton has a bit of a problem at the end of practice two with something falling off the floor of his car at turn 9.

“Now, I hope more will come from Ferrari and a bit more from Red Bull, but the long-term work was also quite encouraging and they overlapped quite well.

“Certainly there is a lot to work on, there are some bounces and it’s tricky at high speed at the moment, but hopefully the updates pushed us in the right direction.”

Hamilton agreed that Mercedes “definitely made improvements”, adding: “We still have work to do. It feels like a small step forward.”

The only downside for Hamilton, whose car looked much more stable than in recent races, on an otherwise encouraging day in which he finished second in both sessions, was that he lost a bit of ground at the end of P2.

McLaren experienced pitlane difficulties while trying to replace Lando Norris' tires during second practice at the British GP.

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McLaren experienced pitlane difficulties while trying to replace Lando Norris’ tires during second practice at the British GP.

McLaren experienced pitlane difficulties while trying to replace Lando Norris’ tires during second practice at the British GP.

Norris’ rise up the timesheets, having finished 15th last time in Canada, was even more surprising.

“As good as it looks, it’s still hard to put things together and be consistent, but I’m happy,” he said afterwards.

“The car seems to be in a decent place, at least a little better than we expected.”

Mercedes is still waiting for an answer over the weekend, particularly from Red Bull, winners of the last six races.

Meanwhile, rain is forecast for Saturday, when final practice is at 12pm and qualifying at 3pm Watch all the action live on Sky Sports F1.

British GP practice two time sheet

Driver Equipment Weather
1) Carlos Sainz ferrari 1:28,942
2) LewisHamilton Mercedes +0.163
3) Lando Norris McLaren +0.176
4) Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.207
5) Carlos Leclerc ferrari +0.462
6) Fernando Alonso Alpine +0.753
7) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.811
8) George Russell Mercedes +0.857
9) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +0.960
10) Spear Walk Aston-Martin +1,000
11) Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +1,058
12) Sebastian Vettel Aston-Martin +1,115
13) Esteban Ocon Alpine +1,296
14) Alejandro Albon Williams +1,321
15) Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +1,329
16) Yuki Tsunoda alfatauri +1,396
17) Kevin Magnussen Haas +1,538
18) Pierre Gasley alfatauri +1,568
19) Mick Schumacher Haas +1,667
20) Nicholas Latifi Williams +2,384

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