British GP: Carlos Sainz tops FP2 ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris

Dry running meant plenty of action in the second practice of the British Grand Prix weekend on Friday, with Carlos Sainz topping the timesheets for Ferrari.

FP1 had been hit by several showers and that limited running, with the teams far from keen to head out onto the damp circuit and have a crash that could potentially spoil their entire weekend.

That said, that also meant that they were eager to get out and put in lap after lap in FP2, as they take to Silverstone for the first time in these new-era F1 cars this weekend.

Indeed, the majority of drivers recorded at least 20 laps in the one-hour session on Friday afternoon, and it was Sainz who went fastest for Ferrari, with him the only man to dip into the 1:28s.

Behind him, and promisingly for British fans, was Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1:29.105, with the Mercedes looking as though it might be able to compete for up at the sharp end this weekend.

Another Briton in Lando Norris also had a strong session, as he posted the third-quickest time in his McLaren.

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc completed the top five, whilst Fernando Alonso – as he was in Canada – looked fast in his Alpine as he recorded the sixth-fastest time.

Sergio Perez, George Russell, Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll completed the top ten, meanwhile, with the Canadian responding well after his off in FP1 at Copse.

Today’s running is finished, then, and now FP3 and qualifying await tomorrow afternoon.

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