Formula One : Great first for Stroll

Formula One :

f1 MATHIEU WARNIER 6:26 p.m. – July 31, 2020

In the heat of Silverstone, Lance Stroll set the fastest time in the second free practice session of the British Grand Prix ahead of Alexander Albon and Valtteri Bottas.

It is a performance that will again cringe. Third in the first free practice session, Lance Stroll once again climbed in the hierarchy. At the wheel of his Racing Point, the Canadian driver set the fastest time of the second free practice session of the British Grand Prix, on the Silverstone circuit (1’27”274), a first for him since his debut in F1. He is only 90 thousandths ahead of Alexander Albon. The Thai, mid-session, was at fault in the very fast turn of Stowe. The Red Bull Racing driver sent his car into the safety rails, causing the only red flag of this session.

The Top 3 is completed by Valtteri Bottas a tenth and a half behind the “pink Mercedes”, which confirms the difficulties of the W11 in the heat, the outside temperature exceeding 35 ° C when that of the track was around 50 ° C in point. On the radio, Lewis Hamilton did not hesitate to complain about it. The six-time reigning world champion, not comfortable on the track throughout the session, conceded three tenths to Lance Stroll and was even beaten by… Charles Leclerc!

Things are better for Leclerc

Fifth in the morning, the Monegasque was able to achieve a very good lap, just under three tenths of the best mark, to sign the fourth fastest time. Stopped during the first tests, Sebastian Vettel once again had a disrupted session with a concern for pedals which delayed his entry onto the track and, on an overheated tarmac, he could not do better than the 18th time. at a second and a half. A last-minute guest after Sergio Pérez’s withdrawal, Nico Hulkenberg proves that he has not lost any of his steering wheel with the seventh fastest time just six tenths behind his teammate. He is ahead of Pierre Gasly, eighth, by a tenth. Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Räikkönen complete the Top 10.

On the French side, Esteban Ocon is almost on a par with his Australian teammate, finishing 12th. Romain Grosjean, for his part, confirms Haas’ difficulties this season with the 16th fastest time but, in his misfortune, he manages to beat his teammate Kevin Magnussen, only 19th. While the weather is expected to change significantly this Saturday, this first day remains rich in lessons.