Max Verstappen set the fastest time during second practice for Formula 1’s British Grand Prix as Williams starred while the British contingent struggled for pace.
Verstappen clocked a time of 1:28.078s to edge last year’s British Grand Prix victor Carlos Sainz by just 0.022s in hot and dry conditions at Silverstone.
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Williams, commemorating its 800th grand prix, had a standout day at a circuit where it claimed its maiden victory in 1979.
Alex Albon consolidated his encouraging display from first practice by again placing third, only two-tenths behind points leader Verstappen.
Albon’s rookie team-mate Logan Sargeant reinforced Williams’ strong performance by classifying in fifth position.
They were split by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.
While London-born Anglo-Thai Albon thrived, Britain’s three representatives on the grid had a low-key day.
Mercedes wound up with George Russell 12th,, and Lewis Hamilton 15th, 1.2s off Verstappen’s pace, while McLaren driver Lando Norris placed 14th.
Norris’ McLaren team-mate Oscar Piastri fared slightly better, taking ninth spot, as he ran with the updated MCL60 that was introduced in Austria.
Lance Stroll was the lead Aston Martin driver in sixth spot, ahead of Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg, Alpine’s Pierre Gasly and the aforementioned Piastri, while Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 10.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was a non-participant in the session after the team detected an electrical issue prior to the start of proceedings.
Saturday’s final practice session is scheduled for 11:30 local time