Bottas sets the pace as Vettel trials shield

Tom Howard

Saturday 15th July, 2017 - 12:01am

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Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas emerged as the man to beat after topping Friday practice for this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

The Austrian Grand Prix winner headed the field in both 90 minute sessions at Silverstone, with the Finn setting a 1:28.496s benchmark in Practice 2.

Bottas’ time, set utilising super-soft rubber, proved just 0.047s faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who posted his best effort on soft compound tyres.

Hamilton switched to super-soft tyres during the session but ran off the road at Chapel, which left the Brit fearing he had damaged his car.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest just 0.3s shy of Bottas while Sebastian Vettel was fourth.

Sebastian Vettel test the shield cockpit safety device

Vettel trialled the new shield cockpit safety device in opening practice where he ran an installation lap with the system fitted to his car.

The four-time world champion felt uncomfortable with the structure and elected to abort a planned practice run.

Meanwhile, both Mercedes and Ferrari introduced upgraded engines for this weekend’s race.

Red Bull proved the best of the rest with Max Verstappen comfortably quicker than Daniel Ricciardo.

The RB13, which featured more upgrades, proved well adrift of Mercedes and Ferrari, with Verstappen 0.6s off the pace, while Ricciardo was a further 0.4s back.

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Felipe Massa (Williams), Fernando Alonso (McLaren) and Esteban Ocon (Force India) completed the top 10, all using super-softs.

Massa encounters a spin at Chapel late in the session after setting his best time.

Carlos Sainz Jr had a major off-track excursion at the Maggotts/Becketts complex at the very start of the session, which consigned the Toro Rosso driver to the pits until the final 40 minutes.

He emerged to set the 11th quickest time, ahead of team-mate Daniil Kvyat in 12th.

Renault’s Jolyon Palmer also had a spin at Brooklands, ending up 18th ahead of only the two Saubers.

Result: Formula 1 British Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m28.496s 31
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m28.543s 0.047s 35
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m28.828s 0.332s 36
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m28.956s 0.460s 36
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m29.098s 0.602s 32
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.586s 1.090s 35
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m29.936s 1.440s 37
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m30.006s 1.510s 36
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m30.238s 1.742s 28
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m30.383s 1.887s 42
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.555s 2.059s 26
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.562s 2.066s 34
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m30.624s 2.128s 43
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m30.661s 2.165s 33
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m30.695s 2.199s 37
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m30.782s 2.286s 31
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m30.835s 2.339s 33
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m30.879s 2.383s 25
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.616s 3.120s 27
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.929s 3.433s 30

Result: Formula 1 British Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m29.106s 29
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.184s 0.078s 29
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m29.604s 0.498s 26
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.942s 0.836s 19
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m30.137s 1.031s 19
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m30.517s 1.411s 19
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.895s 1.789s 21
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m30.993s 1.887s 20
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m30.999s 1.893s 26
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m31.041s 1.935s 27
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m31.200s 2.094s 24
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m31.210s 2.104s 32
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m31.297s 2.191s 34
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m31.610s 2.504s 24
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m31.684s 2.578s 24
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas/Ferrari 1m32.031s 2.925s 24
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m32.171s 3.065s 19
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m32.450s 3.344s 16
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.029s 3.923s 23
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.399s 4.293s 26