Bottas recovers the good feelings of Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) led the second free practice at the British Grand Prix, ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton, so the Silver Arrows


Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) led the second free practice at the British Grand Prix, ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton, so that the Silver Arrows return to normal after a first session in which they had dominated Pierre Gasly and Red Bull, while Carlos Sainz (McLaren) has finished the eighth day.

In the first free, Gasly took the first drops dropped in Silverstone to lead the time table. However, Mercedes regained the lost ground in the afternoon session, with Bottas in front, and is presented again as the ultimate candidate to win the pole.

With the departure of Robert Kubica (Williams) and the mechanical problems of Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) as the only outstanding incidents of the afternoon, Bottas established a 1: 26.732 as a mark to command the day, with the leader of the World Championship at 69 thousandths .

New and slippery asphalt

They also improved performance in the second free Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, third and fourth respectively, just ahead of a Gasly who completed the 'Top 5'. Between the two Red Bull slipped the McLaren of Lando Norris, which confirms the improvement of the Woking. After the winner in Austria, Max Verstappen (Red Bull), seventh, concluded Sainz, who improved the tenth place in the morning.

Gasly had led in front of the Mercedes, which placed Bottas second, just ahead of Verstappen, and Hamilton fourth. The good temperature prevailing in the first instants caused a heavy traffic on the track, resurfaced this year and that was quite slippery. Among the favorites, Bottas was the first to set a reference time and put himself at the head of the Silverstone time table.

Red flag

The cars of Brackley, with medium tire instead of the soft one of the rest, went permutando the two first squares in the first 45 minutes of the session, to which ended a red flag caused by a failure in the motor of Kimi Raikkonen ( Alfa Romeo).

In the absence of half an hour, the rain made an appearance. The cars returned to the garages to wait for the improvement in a final stretch where the Red Bull came out strong. Gasly, with a 1: 27.173, set the best time of the morning, and Verstappen managed to get between the two Mercedes.

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