British GP: Norris and McLaren confirm

British GP: Norris and McLaren confirm

In a second practice session for the British Grand Prix disrupted by rain in the final minutes, McLaren dominated the proceedings with Lando Norris ahead of Oscar Piastri while Sergio Perez set third fastest time.

Lando Norris has thrilled the Silverstone crowd once again. A few hours after setting the fastest time in the first free practice session of the British Grand Prix, the McLaren driver repeated the feat in the second. Approaching the halfway point of the session, on soft tyres,
The Briton clocked a lap in 1’26”549, improving his morning benchmark by nine tenths of a second.. Oscar Piastri confirmed the good form of the MCL38 on the Northamptonshire track, even if he is 331 thousandths of a second behind his teammate.

Not far from being transparent for several weeks, Sergio Pérez signed the third time at 434 thousandths of the reference. Less than a week after a solid performance in Austria, Nico Hülkenberg raised his Haas to fourth place, only seven thousandths behind the Mexican. After a big scare in the Maggots-Becketts-Chapel sequence, Charles Leclerc was not cooled. Indeed, The Monegasque signed the fifth time but the six tenths of a second delay to Lando Norris is a cause for concern for Ferrari. before the qualifying session this Saturday.

Verstappen did not play the same score

If Max Verstappen was satisfied with the seventh time at 684 thousandths, this performance is not representative of his potential. Indeed, the Dutchman was the first to put on the soft tyres to attack the stopwatch and it was on a track that was far from optimal that he made his effort. While it had already soaked the circuit in the morning, the rain returned to Silverstone for the last minutes of this session, preventing everyone from improving.

At Alpine, Pierre Gasly returned to the seat given to Jack Doohan for the first session and set the 14th time. However, the Norman will probably concentrate on the race, having already been assured of starting last due to penalties linked to the use of over-quota engine components this weekend. Pushed back to just over a second from Lando Norris, He set the 14th time, just eleven thousandths ahead of his teammate Esteban Ocon.The teams will now work to optimise the settings for the rest of the weekend, with the qualifying session being the first highlight this Saturday.

Free practice standings 2 – Friday 5 July 2024
1- Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren) in 1’26”549
2- Oscar Piastri (AUS/McLaren) at 0”331
3- Sergio Pérez (MEX/Red Bull Racing) at 0”434
4- Nico Hülkenberg (ALL/Haas) at 0”441
5- Charles Leclerc (MCO/Ferrari) at 0”601
6- Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) at 0”653
7- Max Verstappen (PBS/Red Bull Racing) à
8- Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) at 0”700
9- Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin) at 0”725
10- George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) at 0”745

14- Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpine) at 1”183
15- Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine) at 1”194

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