British Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel led free practice two for the first time this year as Ferrari and Mercedes look set to battle it out for the British Grand Prix win.
With Mercedes and Ferrari closely-matched in the qualifying and race simulations, Ferrari’s Vettel beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to free practice two honours.
His lap time of 1:27.552 was enough to beat Hamilton by less than two tenths of a second, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen within half-a-second of the benchmark.
Red Bull appeared to be off the front-running pace this weekend; Daniel Ricciardo was almost nine tenths adrift and Max Verstappen hampered their FP2 session by crashing out in the opening twenty minutes.
Verstappen lost the rear of his car as he exited Luffield corner, and his over-correction meant he spun his car 180 degrees and clipped the barrier with the right-hand side of his car, mostly damaging the right-rear corner of the car.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was a surprise sixth ahead of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, the two Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.
Following his crash in free practice one, Haas’ Romain Grosjean was forced to sit out of FP2 after it was discovered that he would need a new chassis.
There were problems for Toro Rosso too; Pierre Gasly pulled off the track part-way through the session with a problem with his Honda power unit.
To view the full results of the session, click here.