F1 70th ANNIVERSARY GP: Hamilton blazes the trail in FP2, as Sebastian Vettel suffers a mishap on the track.

Lewis Hamilton continued his dominance at Silverstone this weekend, se...

F1 70th ANNIVERSARY GP: Hamilton blazes the trail in FP2, as Sebastian Vettel suffers a mishap on the track.

F1 70th ANNIVERSARY GP: Hamilton blazes the trail in FP2, as Sebastian Vettel suffers a mishap on the track.

Lewis Hamilton continued his dominance at Silverstone this weekend, setting the fastest lap of free practice 2 for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who had finished the morning FP1 session second to Bottas, was 0.176s quicker than the Finn, who recently renewed his contract with Mercedes, with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo an impressive third fastest, 0.815s off Hamilton’s leading pace.

Further down the field it was another difficult practice session for Sebastian Vettel – who missed almost the whole of FP1 at the British Grand Prix last week with technical issues – as his Ferrari suffered an engine failure late on.

Vettel's stoppage was the notable incident from the session as he pulled over at Turn 9, his SF1000 spewing oil on the track surface, which triggered a Virtual Safety Car. Before his issue, he had only managed the 14th quickest lap, while his team mate Charles Leclerc finished seventh overall, 1.2s off Hamilton.

The defending champion and winner of last week's British GP set his fastest lap of 1m25.606s on the medium tyres to leapfrog Bottas just after the 60-minute mark, and Ricciardo managed P3 with 40 minutes remaining when he bolted on the fastest soft tyres.

The Australian’s lap came after he said on Thursday he was targeting one-lap pace to improve Renault’s qualifying performance, and give them the best chance possible to repeat his P4 finish at Silverstone last weekend.

Renault's protest of the Racing Point brake ducts, was a big talking point earlier in the day, with the stewards announcing they had upheld the protest on Friday morning.

But while the team management was reacting to that news, the drivers had to get on with the job on track, and Sergio Perez’s stand-in Nico Hulkenberg finished the afternoon session P6, just over two-tenths behind fifth-place team mate Lance Stroll. The midfield battle continued to be super close, with just half-a-second splitting sixth-place Hulkenberg and 15th-place Romain Grosjean.

Ahead of the Racing Points was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, while team mate Alex Albon finished 11th behind Renault’s Esteban Ocon. Renault were the only team to run the hard tyre for long periods on Friday afternoon as others focused on long runs using medium and soft tyres – which are one step softer than the tyres used in last week’s British GP.

Charles Leclerc managed 32 laps to go seventh-fastest behind Hulkenberg, with both McLaren drivers – led by Lando Norris, a tenth faster than Carlos Sainz – in P8 and P9.

AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat finished ahead of team mate Pierre Gasly as they occupied 12th and 13th, ahead of Vettel. Kvyat managed a session-high 33 laps and was narrowly slower than Red Bull's Albon.

George Russell was again quicker than his Williams team mate Nicholas Latifi and both Alfa Romeos, ending the day 16th quickest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Haas' Kevin Magnussen.

In last was Antonio Giovinazzi for Alfa Romeo, whose C39 car stopped on the run off at the Maggotts-Becketts complex in the last few minutes of the session with what appeared to be an engine issue, which brought out the red flags to end the day's running.

FP3 begins at 11am, Nigerian time, before the qualifying hour at 2pm.

EMIRATES FORMULA 1 70TH ANNIVERSARY GRAND PRIX 2020 - PRACTICE 2

07 Aug 2020 at Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone.

RACE: 5

POS

NO

DRIVER

CAR

TIME

GAP

LAPS

1

44

Lewis Hamilton

MERCEDES

1:25.606

 

22

2

77

Valtteri Bottas

MERCEDES

1:25.782

+0.176s

22

3

3

Daniel Ricciardo

RENAULT

1:26.421

+0.815s

29

4

33

Max Verstappen

RED BULL RACING HONDA

1:26.437

+0.831s

15

5

18

Lance Stroll

RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES

1:26.501

+0.895s

24

6

27

Nico Hulkenberg

RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES

1:26.746

+1.140s

26

7

16

Charles Leclerc

FERRARI

1:26.812

+1.206s

32

8

4

Lando Norris

MCLAREN RENAULT

1:26.867

+1.261s

26

9

55

Carlos Sainz

MCLAREN RENAULT

1:26.918

+1.312s

24

10

31

Esteban Ocon

RENAULT

1:26.928

+1.322s

25

11

23

Alexander Albon

RED BULL RACING HONDA

1:26.960

+1.354s

25

12

26

Daniil Kvyat

ALPHATAURI HONDA

1:27.002

+1.396s

33

13

10

Pierre Gasly

ALPHATAURI HONDA

1:27.128

+1.522s

31

14

5

Sebastian Vettel

FERRARI

1:27.198

+1.592s

30

15

8

Romain Grosjean

HAAS FERRARI

1:27.294

+1.688s

28

16

63

George Russell

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

1:27.320

+1.714s

31

17

7

Kimi Räikkönen

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1:27.535

+1.929s

30

18

20

Kevin Magnussen

HAAS FERRARI

1:27.582

+1.976s

28

19

6

Nicholas Latifi

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

1:27.683

+2.077s

32

20

99

Antonio Giovinazzi

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1:27.955

+2.349s

26

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