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British Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel heads Lewis Hamilton in crash-interrupted second practice

Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel was fastest ahead of Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in the second practice for the British Grand Prix on Friday.

other sports Updated: Jul 07, 2018 10:36 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Silverstone
British Grand Prix,Sebastian Vettel,Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel drives during the second practice session at Silverstone motor racing circuit on Friday.(AFP)

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel topped the times for Ferrari in Friday’s crash-hit second free practice for this weekend’s British Grand Prix, outpacing Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes by nearly two-tenths of a second.

On a hot afternoon in central England, the four-time champion German clocked a best lap in one minute and 27.552 seconds to ease 0.187 seconds clear of the Briton, who is seeking a record sixth victory in his home event and fifth in succession.

The session was red-flagged to a halt for 10 minutes when Max Verstappen crashed at Luffield, spinning his Red Bull backwards into the barriers. He was unhurt, but took no further part in the session.

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Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third quickest, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull and, unexpectedly, Fernando Alonso of McLaren.

Hamilton had clocked the fastest time in opening practice earlier in the day when he outpaced Mercedes team-mate Bottas.

German Nico Hulkenberg was seventh for Renault ahead of Esteban Ocon and his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez with Monegasque Charles Leclerc taking 10th for Sauber.

First Published: Jul 06, 2018 21:01 IST