British GP F1 practice: Vettel fastest in FP2, Verstappen crashes

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel topped the second Formula 1 free practice session ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, while Max Verstappen crashed his Red Bull early on

British GP F1 practice: Vettel fastest in FP2, Verstappen crashes

Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen topped the early stages of the session with a lap of 1m28.591s using the medium-compound Pirellis.

That was before Verstappen's session came to an end on only his first flying lap of the session.

The rear of his Red Bull broke away exiting the long, slow Luffield right-hander and, in correcting it, the car snapped the other way and spun to the left.

Verstappen hit the wall with his right-rear corner, so was unable to participate in the rest of the session and ended up classified 19th ahead only of Romain Grosjean, who did not run thanks to a monocoque change caused by his FP1 crash.

After the restart following a nine-minute red flag, Hamilton slotted into second place on medium tyres with a lap of 1m28.676s completed 36 minutes into the 90-minute session.

By that time, Raikkonen had already bolted on softs and was gearing up for his performance run, posting first a 1m28.525s and, on his second quick lap, a 1m28.045s to consolidate top spot.

Vettel then banged in his quick lap, a 1m27.552s to go fastest - half-a-second quicker than Raikkonen.

Valtteri Bottas was the first of the Mercedes drivers to set a time on soft rubber, setting a 1m27.909s just after the halfway point of the session.

Lewis Hamilton did not set his best time on softs until his sixth lap on the tyre, posting a 1m27.739s to secure second - 0.187s behind Vettel.

Raikkonen was shuffled back to fourth by this, ending up ahead of the only Red Bull to post a time - Daniel Ricciardo, who was 0.856s off the pace.

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso was best-of-the rest in a strong sixth place, 1.754s behind Vettel.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, half-a-tenth behind Alonso and ahead of Force India duo Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.

Charles Leclerc rounded out the top 10, just 0.006s ahead of Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr - the Sauber driver surviving a spin onto the grass exiting the Brooklands left-hander with 12 minutes remaining.

Pierre Gasly ended the session early with what he said over the radio was a power unit problem, pulling off at The Loop that leads onto the Wellington Straight just before the one-hour mark.

By that time, he had set one quick lap on softs and slotted into 13th between the Haas of Kevin Magnussen and Marcus Ericsson's Sauber.

Williams pairing Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin were 15th and 16th, ahead of the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne and Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.552s - 36
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m27.739s 0.187s 32
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m27.909s 0.357s 30
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m28.045s 0.493s 34
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m28.408s 0.856s 31
6 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m29.306s 1.754s 31
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m29.354s 1.802s 35
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m29.467s 1.915s 33
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m29.522s 1.970s 32
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m29.557s 2.005s 30
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m29.563s 2.011s 36
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m29.617s 2.065s 33
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m29.831s 2.279s 16
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m30.046s 2.494s 32
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m30.069s 2.517s 34
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m30.103s 2.551s 36
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m30.121s 2.569s 31
18 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m30.404s 2.852s 36
19 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault - - 2


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