Max Verstappen set the fastest time in Formula 1 free practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The Red Bull driver set a time of 1:27.901 minutes and relegated his teammates Sergio Perez (0.410) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari/+0.487) to places with a clear gap.
Meanwhile, it seems to be confirmed that Mercedes has made a leap forward with the latest updates.
“No more bouncing,” George Russell stated happily during final practice.
The Brit finished fourth, 0.525s off the leader and 0.062s ahead of Lewis Hamilton (5th).
Again problems with Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari/+0.788) was able to keep up with the leading field in sixth place (“The problems we had yesterday at high speed have not gotten any better”); all the other pilots were already more than a second behind.
Lando Norris (McLaren) was seventh. He was 1.201 seconds short. The good news: “Porpoising” has “so far not been a huge issue for us on this route,” says team boss Andreas Seidl to ‘Sky’.
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo/+1.284), Mick Schumacher (Haas/+1.609) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine/+1.619) rounded out the top 10.
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) was 12th, 1.692 seconds back.
Rain warning for qualifying
By the way: the weather forecast for qualifying (start: 4:00 p.m. German time) is bad. The chance of rain is between 70 and 80 percent. A challenge for teams and drivers, because there was hardly any driving in the only wet practice session on Friday. Actually, one had hoped to be able to prepare for wet conditions this afternoon.
“We have to see what the weather is like tomorrow,” says Seidl. “The forecast for tomorrow is not really good either, or similar to today. We then expect cooler track temperatures and then of course we have to see what effects that has on the strategy.”
Seidl also says: “The wind obviously plays a big role. It wasn’t easy to get the laps together yesterday. You never actually found constant conditions. It’s similar today, but it’s the same challenge for everyone. And I hope we do master them well.”