Having been displaced from the top of the times in the final moments of first practice Valtteri Bottas, headed the second session for Mercedes, but it was close.Lewis Hamilton lapped within a tenth of a second of his team mate on his way to the second-fastest time. He went off twice during the session, including at Becketts on one lap where he had set the fastest time through the first sector.
The new track surface continued to catch drivers out in the second 90 minutes of running. Sebastian Vettel also had a high-speed off-track moment at Becketts on his way to the fourth-fastest time behind his team mate. Charles Leclerc set an encouraging third-quickest time for Ferrari, less than two-tenths of a second off the fastest Mercedes.
First practice pace-setter Pierre Gasly was the quicker of the two Red Bull drivers again, this time in fifth place. Team mate Max Verstappen was unhappy with the rear balance of his RB15, and was pipped to sixth place by Lando Norris’s McLaren.
Carlos Sainz Jnr put the second McLaren inside the top 10, but the times were extremely tight. Daniil Kvyat, 11th, was just 0.021 seconds slower, yet Alexander Albon and Sergio Perez separated him from Sainz.
Towards the end of the session Daniel Ricciardo’s 14th-placed Renault came to a stop, causing a brief Virtual Safety Car period. The driver reported the car had “switched off”, the team saying a suspected engine problem was responsible.
Two other drivers also had technical trouble. A hydraulic problem confined Romain Grosjean to the pits for most of the session, while George Russell’s running was limited by gearbox trouble in his Williams.
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|5||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull-Honda||1’27.249||0.517||30|
|7||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||1’27.562||0.830||31|
|8||55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||McLaren-Renault||1’27.987||1.255||38|
|9||23||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso-Honda||1’27.997||1.265||37|
|10||11||Sergio Perez||Racing Point-Mercedes||1’28.002||1.270||31|
|11||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Honda||1’28.008||1.276||35|
|13||7||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1’28.126||1.394||32|
|16||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point-Mercedes||1’28.240||1.508||36|
|17||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1’28.294||1.562||27|
Second practice visual gaps
Valtteri Bottas – 1’26.732
+0.069 Lewis Hamilton – 1’26.801
+0.197 Charles Leclerc – 1’26.929
+0.448 Sebastian Vettel – 1’27.180
+0.517 Pierre Gasly – 1’27.249
+0.814 Lando Norris – 1’27.546
+0.830 Max Verstappen – 1’27.562
+1.255 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’27.987
+1.265 Alexander Albon – 1’27.997
+1.270 Sergio Perez – 1’28.002
+1.276 Daniil Kvyat – 1’28.008
+1.327 Kevin Magnussen – 1’28.059
+1.394 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’28.126
+1.396 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’28.128
+1.485 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’28.217
+1.508 Lance Stroll – 1’28.240
+1.562 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’28.294
+2.062 Romain Grosjean – 1’28.794
+3.203 Robert Kubica – 1’29.935
+3.782 George Russell – 1’30.514
Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.
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9 comments on “Bottas leads Hamilton in close second practice session”
12th July 2019, 16:03
Less than one hundredth ,of a second from 8th to 12th, good stuff!
12th July 2019, 17:49
@colinmcrui I think you mean 1 tenth.
12th July 2019, 18:00
indeed @mashiat, guess I burned one too many neurons last night :)
12th July 2019, 17:52
But let’s still cause a revolution and spread out the field again, with Top Three of course running further away…
Oh, wait… *facepalm*
Srdjan Mandic (@srga91)
12th July 2019, 18:08
It looks a whole lot closer than it actually is, because the Mercs are sandbagging even more than they usually do.
Hamilton’s long run on both tyres was impressive, comfortably quicker than the RBs (0.5 in Softs and 0.8 on Mediums), who seem to be their “closest” competitors.
Ferrari’s long runs looked dreadful, miles of the pace, barely quicker than the midfield-teams.
Only the rain can stop a Mercedes 1-2 on Saturday and Sunday.
12th July 2019, 18:44
Where can I see the long run pace info?. Cheers.
Srdjan Mandic (@srga91)
12th July 2019, 19:48
You can get the lap times from there (Vettel, Hamilton and the RBs all ran the same tyre-programme: started on Softs and finished with the Mediums).
AMuS also do a long-run-analysis at the end of every Friday:
Anon A. Mouse
13th July 2019, 4:07
The long run pace was good, as well as the body language of the car. But when it comes to Qualifying simluations, I don’t know that it’ll be a comfortable Q3 for him. The car would understeer mid-corner, then snap into a bit of oversteer, then continue to understeer. A Mercedes 1-2 is likely, but I think we could see Bottas-Verstappen-Hamilton at the end of Q3 tomorrow if they can’t get the setup correct by the end of P3. Come race day, it’ll probably be a Hamilton walk-over should he get a good start. His practice starts in P1 and P2 weren’t all that consistent.
12th July 2019, 23:25
It’s very interesting how, somehow out of nowhere, McLaren are back in it. We’ve seen this time and time again in F1. A team struggles for years and looks like a no-hoper, but behind the scenes, away from the eyes of the public, tiny little increments are being made again and again which suddenly push the team back in a positive limelight.
It shows that we shouldn’t be so negative sometimes; at least not with our F1 doomsday scenarios. And it also gives us hope that one day teams like Williams will be fighting for wins again. Of course, we sometimes lose teams for good, and that is crushing. But somehow, more often than not, a phoenix rises from the flames. Case in point, Jordan Grand Prix (1991), who became Midland F1 Racing (2006), then Spyker F1 (2007), then Force India Formula One Team (2008), then/now Racing Point Force India F1 Team (2018)/Racing Point Force India (2019).
F1 is a cruel, exasperating yet beautiful sport to those that fall under its spell. If you listen to the naysayers, it always seems to be on the point of collapse; but it somehow always finds a way, like a plant rising through a crack in a concrete jungle. Sure, the example I have given of all the changes in ownership of just one team are indicative of a sport which has many flaws, some of which severely need to be addressed. But to the people that say F1 is dying, I say, “Bollox! Just like Rock, F1 will never die!”
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