The Canadian pilot Lance Stroll (Racing Point) has scored the best time on the first day of free practice of the Grand Prix of Great Britain, where Mercedes has not shown its usual domain and Carlos Sainz (McLaren) finished sixth on a heat-marked day at Silverstone.
Until the 35 degrees thermometer arrived on the english circuit, a rather anomalous situation that caused many tire degradation problems in all teams, although it is expected that on Sunday the temperature will drop significantly and conditions will be more in line with expectations.
In this context, Mercedes did not reign as usual and stayed out of the best time in the two runs. Yes Max Verstappen (Red bull) ruled in the morning, in the evening session took the witness Stroll, which stopped the clock at 1: 27.274. Seventh place for ‘rookie’ Niko Hulkenberg in his urgent debut with Racing Point He reaffirmed the good feelings of the team, good news to compensate for Sergio Pérez’s loss due to coronavirus.
Second place went to Alexander Albon (Red Bull), despite being the driver who completed the fewest laps in the afternoon (13) due to a accident in the middle of the session that destroyed the left part of his car after hitting the protections. Bittersweet day for the pilot of Thai origin, who emerged unscathed from the crash.
Within the prevailing equality, with the first 13 classified in a margin of just one second, Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) finished third and his partner Lewis Hamilton, the man with the most wins and ‘poles’ in the history of this race – six in both cases – had to settle for fifth place. In any case, Mercedes remains a favorite on a circuit where it has not given any option in recent years.
In the middle of the ‘black arrows’ the Ferrari Charles Leclerc, while sixth place went to Carlos Sainz, who lost just over half a second to Stroll. The Madrid player started with good feelings on his favorite World Cup circuit, optimism that he hopes to endorse in qualifying this Saturday.
In addition, Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) also stood out with his eighth position, in front of Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) and Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), on a fateful day for Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari). The four-time world champion was unable to roll in the morning due to a problem with his car and when he hit the track he was unable to pass eighteenth in the second session.