British Grand Prix: Bottas pips Hamilton in second Friday practice

Valtteri Bottas stayed on top in second practice for Formula 1's British Grand Prix, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by only 0.047 seconds

British Grand Prix: Bottas pips Hamilton in second Friday practice

Bottas's benchmark from the morning was beaten around 15 minutes into the afternoon session at Silverstone, as Hamilton posted a 1m28.780s on soft tyres before quickly improving to a 1m28.543s.

That put Hamilton a full six tenths clear of the field, led by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, until Bottas switched from mediums to super-softs at the 30-minute mark and set a new best of 1m28.496s.

When Hamilton took super-softs, he ran off the track at Chapel and told his engineers he feared he had damaged the car in the process. His soft-tyre time still kept him in second place.

With teams shifting their focus towards longer runs for the latter half of the session, Bottas's best effort stood as the quickest time of the day.

Raikkonen was third-quickest, going 0.338s slower than compatriot Bottas on his super-soft run and 0.128 faster than the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

There was late drama for Raikkonen when he suffered a moment of snap oversteer at Becketts and span into the gravel, although he got going again without outside assistance.

Max Verstappen was best of the Red Bull drivers in fifth, 0.602s off the pace on super-softs, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was sixth, nearly half a second down on the sister car on the same tyre.

Nico Hulkenberg, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon completed the top 10, all using super-softs, with Williams driver Massa spinning at Chapel late in the session after setting his best time.

Massa also attracted the attention of the stewards for impeding Verstappen, having passed the Red Bull driver around the outside at Club while both drivers were on long runs.

Carlos Sainz Jr had a major off-track excursion at the Maggotts/Becketts complex at the very start of the session, which consigned the Toro Rosso driver to the pits until the final 40 minutes.

He emerged to set the 11th quickest time, ahead of team-mate Daniil Kvyat in 12th.

Renault's Jolyon Palmer also had a spin at Brooklands, ending up 18th ahead of only the two Saubers.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:

Pos 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 Jr. 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

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