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Stroll fastest in second practice after dramatic crash for Albon

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BWT Racing Point F1 Team

BWT Racing Point F1 Team confirmed their prophesied British Grand Prix pace at the Silverstone Circuit today as Lance Stroll set the fastest lap time in Friday’s Free Practice two session.

The young Canadian set a laptime of 1:27.274, just 0.090 seconds faster than Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Alexander Albon ended his session in the Stowe barriers after a high speed off. Luckily, the Thai-British Driver was declared fit and well after a swift trip to the medical centre.

The scarlet Scuderia Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel was one of the first cars to roam track early on as the German was keen to make up for lost running in the previous Free Practice One session. Inter-cooler problems on the SF1000 and an eighteenth place finish tarnished the four-time F1 World Champion’s day as his team-mate Charles Leclerc ended up in fourth, albeit struggling profusely to keep his car on the circuit.

In yet another fit of blinding rage from the Dutchman, Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean exchanged livid gestures after the Frenchman held Verstappen up in the dangerously high-speed Maggots-Becketts section. Reportedly, Haas F1 Team engineers did not notify Grosjean of the faster car’s approach.

Racing Point’s fortune continued as Nico Hülkenberg secured an admirable seventh place after an almost 8-month-long hiatus from the sport. The experienced driver standing in for Mexico’s Sergio Pérez after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this week.

Mclaren F1 Team also experienced a strong second practice session, with Carlos Sainz Jr. setting the sixth-fastest time and his British team-mate Lando Norris missing out on tenth by a fraction of a second. If they perform well this weekend, they will further a string of strong points finishes and extend the gap to Racing Point in the Constructors Championship.

Pos#DriverNat.TeamTimeGapLaps
Pos#DriverNat.TeamTimeGapLaps
118Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:27.27429
223Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:27.364+0.090s13
377Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:27.431+0.157s30
416Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:27.570+0.296s30
544Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:27.581+0.307s27
655Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team1:27.820+0.546s35
727Nico HülkenbergGERBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:27.910+0.636s28
810Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:27.997+0.723s31
93Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault DP World F1 Team1:28.112+0.838s30
107Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:28.159+0.885s35
114Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:28.169+0.895s26
1231Esteban OconFRARenault DP World F1 Team1:28.219+0.945s35
1399Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing1:28.256+0.982s31
1433Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:28.390+1.116s23
1526Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:28.426+1.152s29
168Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team1:28.564+1.290s27
1763George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:28.771+1.497s26
185Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari1:28.860+1.586s23
1920Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1:28.898+1.624s27
206Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:29.958+2.684s35
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