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May 15, 2024

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Max Verstappen records the quickest time in the first and second practice at Silverstone

Max Verstappen records the quickest time in the first and second practice at Silverstone as arch-rival Lewis Hamilton suffers a disappointing afternoon – running 12th and 15th fastest ahead of the British Grand Prix

  • Max Verstappen ran quickest in first practice ahead of Red Bull team-mate Perez
  • The 25-year-old Dutchman topped the charts on Friday with a time of 1.28.600
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Max Verstappen’s stranglehold over the rest of the paddock showed no signs of loosening as he ran quickest in first and second practice ahead of the British Grand Prix.

But Verstappen top of the tree is nothing new. Second practice was all about a disastrous day for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, with the seven-time world champion finishing the day 15th fastest. His team-mate George Russell was 12th.

Team boss Toto Wolff wore a look of a man running out of answers having pitched this weekend as one of redemption following a horrendous display last week in Austria.

There was to be no respite though with Hamilton 1.205 seconds off Verstappen’s pace.

‘I’ve got no grip. Sliding all over the place,’ Russell moaned over team radio. 

Max Verstappen's stranglehold over the rest of the paddock showed no signs of loosening

Max Verstappen’s stranglehold over the rest of the paddock showed no signs of loosening

The Dutchman ran quickest in first and second practice ahead of his team-mate Sergio Perez

The Dutchman ran quickest in first and second practice ahead of his team-mate Sergio Perez

It was a consistent theme. Verstappen had described driving the Silverstone circuit as like driving ‘on ice’ – but whereas Mercedes looked like Bambi, the Red Bull man showed the poise and skill more akin to an Olympic figure skater.

The Dutchman is on a five-race win streak and Red Bull are looking to make it 10 wins from 10 this weekend in what has been a flawless campaign to this point.

Hope in the grandstands is that Hamilton can go through the gears – figuratively and literally – to put a challenge to Red Bull has now faded.

He finished 12th-placed in first practice and did little to inspire in practice two, dropping three spot.

There was a surprise third runner behind the Red Bulls in Williams’ Alex Albon, who was 0.253 seconds off the pace in first practice, while Aston Martin and Fernando Alonso slotted in fourth.

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American rookie Logan Sargeant surprisingly finished fifth fastest during the second session

American rookie Logan Sargeant surprisingly finished fifth fastest during the second session

Come the end of the second session it was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in second, Albon still in third and Perez down to fourth.

American rookie Logan Sargeant finished a surprising fifth with optimism growing of some valuable points for Williams this weekend.

But up front Red Bull’s obvious speed advantage was accentuated by Silverstone’s high-speed swerves and it suits the aerodynamics of the car, to the chagrin of Hamilton and Co.

As for Mercedes, they look set to give a frenzied home crowd, which is expected to reach 480,000 across three days, very little to shout about.

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