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2020 F1 British GP practice results: Stroll fastest as Albon crashes

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Lance Stroll set the pace on the opening day of British Grand Prix practice at Silverstone on Friday for the Racing Point team.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen set the fastest time in the first session using soft tyres, almost half a second clear of world championship-leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who set his time on the medium rubber.

Stroll was third quickest in FP1, with new Racing Point teammate Nico Hulkenberg, making his F1 return in place of the Covid-positive Sergio Perez, in ninth place, just over a second off the pace.

Sebastian Vettel suffered a troubled first session for Ferrari, with a broken intercooler restricting him to just a handful of laps.

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In the second session, despite hotter weather conditions, Stroll went quicker than the FP1 pace at 1m27.274s, 0.09s faster than Red Bull’s Alexander Albon.

Valtteri Bottas was third fastest for Mercedes, while Hamilton had a moment at Brooklands on his soft-tyred run and didn’t maximise his potential, ending the session fifth behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

Meantime, Verstappen’s flying lap on softs was ruined when he came across Romain Grosjean’s touring Haas at Becketts. That led to an amusing sequence of angry radio messages, after Verstappen slowed down and gestured at the Frenchman. Verstappen ended the session down in 14th.

The session was halted halfway through, as Albon crashed his Red Bull at Stowe – slamming into the barriers after “losing the rear end” midway around the fast right-hand bend.

Hulkenberg was seventh fastest in FP2, 0.636s off the pace. Vettel suffered more lost track time, as the pedals came loose inside his cockpit, and he was only 18th fastest. 

F1 British Grand Prix Free Practice 1 results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda 27 1'27.422 242.588
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes 27 1'27.896 0.474 0.474 241.280
3 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes 22 1'28.004 0.582 0.108 240.984
4 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda 24 1'28.129 0.707 0.125 240.642
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari 22 1'28.221 0.799 0.092 240.391
6 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes 29 1'28.519 1.097 0.298 239.582
7 France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault 26 1'28.559 1.137 0.040 239.474
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault 22 1'28.575 1.153 0.016 239.430
9 Germany Nico Hulkenberg
Racing Point Mercedes 23 1'28.592 1.170 0.017 239.385
10 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda 21 1'28.868 1.446 0.276 238.641
11 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda 24 1'28.909 1.487 0.041 238.531
12 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault 24 1'28.988 1.566 0.079 238.319
13 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault 22 1'28.990 1.568 0.002 238.314
14 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari 23 1'29.532 2.110 0.542 236.871
15 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari 25 1'29.576 2.154 0.044 236.755
16 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 24 1'29.746 2.324 0.170 236.306
17 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes 23 1'29.899 2.477 0.153 235.904
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 17 1'29.925 2.503 0.026 235.836
19 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes 20 1'30.703 3.281 0.778 233.813
20 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari 2

F1 British Grand Prix Free Practice 2 results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes 29 1'27.274 243.000
2 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda 13 1'27.364 0.090 0.090 242.749
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes 30 1'27.431 0.157 0.067 242.563
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari 30 1'27.570 0.296 0.139 242.178
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes 27 1'27.581 0.307 0.011 242.148
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault 35 1'27.820 0.546 0.239 241.489
7 Germany Nico Hulkenberg
Racing Point Mercedes 28 1'27.910 0.636 0.090 241.242
8 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda 31 1'27.997 0.723 0.087 241.003
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault 30 1'28.112 0.838 0.115 240.689
10 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 35 1'28.159 0.885 0.047 240.560
11 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault 26 1'28.169 0.895 0.010 240.533
12 France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault 35 1'28.219 0.945 0.050 240.397
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 31 1'28.256 0.982 0.037 240.296
14 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda 23 1'28.390 1.116 0.134 239.932
15 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda 29 1'28.426 1.152 0.036 239.834
16 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari 27 1'28.564 1.290 0.138 239.460
17 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes 26 1'28.771 1.497 0.207 238.902
18 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari 23 1'28.860 1.586 0.089 238.663
19 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari 27 1'28.898 1.624 0.038 238.561
20 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes 35 1'29.958 2.684 1.060 235.750

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Event British GP
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Author Charles Bradley