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VALTTERI BOTTAS PACE SETTER BUT PENALISED AHEAD OF BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Valtteri Bottas fastest in practice for the British Grand Prix - Photo: LAT

Valtteri Bottas fastest in practice for the British Grand Prix – Photo: LAT

Valtteri Bottas has once again set the pace in practice, this time for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Mercedes driver topped both practice sessions, just hundredths of a second ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton, with the two maintaining a comfortable margin ahead of the rest of the field.

It wasn’t a trouble free run for Mercedes however. Bottas will suffer a five place grid penalty after qualifying because the team were forced to replace his gearbox after practice. The team suggested the issue was a similar to the one that forced Hamilton’s gearbox to be replaced in Austria last week.

Meanwhile, in FP1, Sebastian Vettel took to the track with the new Shield protective system for an out lap before quickly returning to the pits to have it removed.

Sebastian Vettel testing Shield protection system during practice - Photo: LAT

Sebastian Vettel testing Shield protection system during practice – Photo: LAT

After the test Vettel wasn’t very happy with the device.

“I tried it this morning and I got a bit dizzy,” Vettel said

“The forward vision is not very good. I think it’s because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion.

“There was a lot of downwash down the straight, coming off the back of my helmet and pushing my head forward.

“We had a run planned with it, but I didn’t like it, so we took it off.”

Ferrari went on to finish practice third and fourth fastest with Kimi Raikkonen slightly faster than Vettel in both sessions.

Red Bull ended practice fifth and sixth fastest with Max Verstappen getting the upper hand on Australian team mate  Daniel Ricciardo.

Nico Hulkenberg impressed for Renault, setting the seventh fastest time in FP2. While Fernando Alonso’s McLaren Honda also featured in the top ten.

Formula 1 – British Grand Prix – Practice 2 Result

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m28.496s 31
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m28.543s 0.047s 35
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m28.828s 0.332s 36
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m28.956s 0.460s 36
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m29.098s 0.602s 32
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.586s 1.090s 35
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m29.936s 1.440s 37
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m30.006s 1.510s 36
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m30.238s 1.742s 28
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m30.383s 1.887s 42
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.555s 2.059s 26
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.562s 2.066s 34
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m30.624s 2.128s 43
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m30.661s 2.165s 33
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m30.695s 2.199s 37
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m30.782s 2.286s 31
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m30.835s 2.339s 33
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m30.879s 2.383s 25
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.616s 3.120s 27
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.929s 3.433s 30

Formula 1 – British Grand Prix – Practice 1 Result

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m29.106s 29
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.184s 0.078s 29
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m29.604s 0.498s 26
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.942s 0.836s 19
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m30.137s 1.031s 19
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m30.517s 1.411s 19
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.895s 1.789s 21
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m30.993s 1.887s 20
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m30.999s 1.893s 26
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m31.041s 1.935s 27
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m31.200s 2.094s 24
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m31.210s 2.104s 32
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m31.297s 2.191s 34
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m31.610s 2.504s 24
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m31.684s 2.578s 24
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas/Ferrari 1m32.031s 2.925s 24
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m32.171s 3.065s 19
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m32.450s 3.344s 16
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.029s 3.923s 23
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.399s 4.293s 26

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