F1 2020: 70th Anniversary GP – Friday

Lewis Hamilton topped Friday Practice for 70th Anniversary Grand Prix (Image credit: LAT Images)

Formula One prepares to celebrate 70 years as teams hit Silverstone for a second consecutive weekend of racing with Friday Practice.

With Pirelli bringing a new soft tyre compound for this weekend, teams found themselves getting to grips with the new compound on top of tyre wear issues.

Racing Point meanwhile hit the headlines early morning as FIA upheld Renault’s protests and subject the team to a combined €400k fine and a 15 point deduction.

 

FP1

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A quiet start to the session saw Max Verstappen plus Kimi Raikkonen head out early on, with the latter setting the first representative lap time which was soon passed by both Ferrari cars of Sebastian Vettel then Charles Leclerc.

Several drivers quickly ventured out afterwards with Lewis Hamilton setting the quickest time of a 1m 26.842 from Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas followed by Leclerc, Alex Albon and Nico Hulkenberg completing the top five after 45 minutes.

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Bottas however would set the quickest FP1 time of a 1m 26.166 just five minutes later, leaving Hamilton 0.138s down in second as Verstappen, Hulkenberg and Leclerc rounded out the top five. 

McLaren struggled to get on top of the new soft tyre as Lando Norris only set the 12th fastest time in FP1 ahead of Carlos Sainz in 14th, as George Russell of Williams was just 0.032s short of Sainz’s best lap time. 

 

FP2

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FP2 endured a slower start with no cars venturing out in the opening five minutes until the Haas duo of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean headed out on medium tyres. 

Magnussen would set the first representative lap time of a 1m 28.097 but times soon tumbled with Bottas setting a 1m 25.917 in the 20th minute to go fastest. 

Norris and Sainz went third and fifth respectively on their first flying laps on the soft tyre, until Hamilton went quickest minutes later with a 1m 25.911 on softs to better Bottas’ effort by 0.006s. 

Daniel Ricciardo meanwhile climbed from 15th position to sixth on hard tyres with a 1m 27.057 for Renault ahead of the Qualifying simulations. 

Bottas initially went quickest on his quali simulation with a 1m 25.782 as Vettel struggled to ninth on his attempt, whilst Leclerc improved to sixth with his soft quali simulation effort. 

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Hamilton however went even quicker with a 1m 25.606 as he topped the timesheet from Bottas and Ricciardo, who edged out Verstappen by 0.016s with Racing Point’s Lance Stroll a further 0.064s slower than the Dutchman.  

Hulkenberg, Leclerc, Norris, Sainz and Esteban Ocon completed the top ten as Albon struggled to the 11th quickest time, whilst Vettel could only muster the 14th quickest effort. 

Race simulations saw drivers struggle with blistering on rear tyres whilst Hulkenberg suffered with a loose seat, prior to Vettel suffering a power unit failure to leave oil on track towards Copse. 

Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi however brought the session to a premature end with two minutes left, when he grinded to a halt on entry to Maggots with a technical issue.

 

Results

FP1

Position Driver Team Time
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m 26.166
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 0.138
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull + 0.727
4 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point + 0.776
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 0.896
6 Alex Albon Red Bull + 1.114
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 1.332
8 Lance Stroll Racing Point + 1.373
9 Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri + 1.487
10 Esteban Ocon Renault + 1.535
11 Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri + 1.541
12 Lando Norris McLaren + 1.680
13 Romain Grosjean Haas + 1.742
14 Carlos Sainz McLaren + 1.972
15 George Russell Williams + 2.004
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams + 2.060
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault + 2.345
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo + 2.489
19 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo + 2.794
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas + 3.153

 

FP2

Position Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m 25.606
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes + 0.176
3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault + 0.815
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull + 0.831
5 Lance Stroll Racing Point + 0.895
6 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point + 1.140
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 1.206
8 Lando Norris McLaren + 1.261
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren + 1.312
10 Esteban Ocon Renault + 1.322
11 Alex Albon Red Bull + 1.354
12 Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri + 1.396
13 Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri + 1.522
14 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 1.592
15 Romain Grosjean Haas + 1.688
16 George Russell Williams + 1.714
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo + 1.929
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas + 1.976
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams + 2.077
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo + 2.349

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