British Grand Prix FP2: Lance Stroll gets surprise first place.
By Robert McGillivray 31 July 2020 | 17:45
The start of FP2 and with an air temperature of 34 degrees Celcius, the teams had to deal with track conditions that they probably will not see any more for the rest of the weekend. That meant lots of activity on the track with an argument between Verstappen and Grosjean, Alexander Albon who crashed and caused a red flag, and a surprise first place for Lance Stroll in the racing Point.
Alexander Albon posted a time of 1.27,384 and came second, Albon did however crash his car about 45 minutes into FP2. Just before that happened Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean had a go at each other. With Verstappen on a hot lap approaching Grosjean, the Haas driver changed direction which caused Verstappen to lose his lap time. Understandably, Max Verstappen was not happy, as this meant he ended up in 14th place:
Pink Mercedes keeps on giving
The return of Nico Hülkenberg was reasonably successful today, with the 9th place in FP1 and 7th place in FP2 the German will be confident to able to get to Q2 or Q3 tomorrow in qualification. Not bad for someone that hasn't driven an F1 car since August last year. Teammate Lance Stroll was able to match and surpass his 3rd place from FP1 as he came first in FP2. The Pink Mercedes is definitely working well for Racing point, and this promises good things for the days to come.
Ferrari still off track
Sebastian Vettel did manage to get his car out 10 minutes into FP2. Vettel had some issues with his intercooler during FP1 and subsequently only did 2 laps in the morning session. However, Vettel's problems seem to be far from over. The confidence in his car looks to be quite low at the moment with Vettel's car showing lots of oversteer, and multiple slips into the gravel and grass tracks. Vettel managed a poor 18th place where Charles Leclerc managed a much better 4th place. Scuderia Ferrari definitely have their work cut out for themselves. If they want to get something out of the weekend at Silverstone, something will have to go Ferrari's way for a change.
Mercedes performance affected by hot day
As was the case this morning, the Mercedes does not look to be as sharp in hotter temperatures as it does in low temperatures. Especially the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton seemed to twitchy around the track and not as planted as you would normally see. With the 3rd place for Bottas and a 5th place for Hamilton, these are not the places we are used to seeing the Mercedes cars.
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