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Max fourth after Friday practice: 'Not ideal, but okay'

Published on 01 July 2022 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen finished the second free practice session of the British Grand Prix in fourth place. Carlos Sainz lapped the Silverstone circuit quickest in his Ferrari, ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris in the McLaren. 

“FP2 was okay”, said Max following Friday practice. “It’s always tricky if you haven’t done the laps in FP1. It’s a bit more of a guessing game because you can't  build on the previous practice. It’s not ideal but not a big issue. We’re still there or thereabouts, so it’s okay.” 

Looking ahead to the remainder of the weekend, The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver said: “We know what to work on, but tomorrow rain is forecast again so that will change the conditions.”

Unlike the rain in FP1, the second Friday practice session starts under pleasant conditions with sunshine and an ambient temperature of 19 degrees. Because of the rain earlier in the day, all twenty drivers are straight out of the box when the pitlane opens. 

On Max’s first run, he notifies the team of a strange noise. His engineer informs the Dutchman that everything looks fine and he continues by clocking his first lap times on the medium Pirelli tyre. 

Max is not happy with the apparent odd sound coming from his car. Hence, he returns to the pits for the team to investigate further. After a quick visit to the garage, he is on his way again. 

Twenty minutes in, the two Ferraris are quickest with Charles Leclerc leading Carlos Sainz. The Red Bulls follow in third and fourth, with Max ahead of Sergio Perez.  

At the halfway mark, most teams swap the medium Pirelli tyres for the soft compound. Lando Norris is the first to set a quick lap, soon topped by Sainz. Shortly after, Lewis Hamilton splits the two front runners, making it two out of three Brits in the top three. 
Meanwhile, after his mechanics have tinkered on Max’ RB18, the reigning champion steers the Red Bull back on track with 18 minutes to go. Unfortunately, he reports that the strange noise is still occurring. Nevertheless, he continues and clocks the fourth fastest lap of the session. He does so on the soft Pirellis. 

At the front, Sainz maintains his spot at the top of the leader boards ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris, meaning Max finishes FP2 in fourth. 

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Results second free practice Great Britain:

1Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:28.942 28
2Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:29.105+0.163s21
3Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:29.118+0.176s29
4Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:29.149+0.207s18
5Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:29.404+0.462s25
6Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:29.695+0.753s19
7Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:29.753+0.811s17
8George RussellRUSMercedes1:29.799+0.857s29
9Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:29.902+0.960s26
10Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:29.942+1.000s17
11Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:30.000+1.058s29
12Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:30.057+1.115s20
13Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:30.238+1.296s12
14Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:30.263+1.321s14
15Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:30.271+1.329s27
16Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri RBPT1:30.338+1.396s29
17Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:30.480+1.538s27
18Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri RBPT1:30.510+1.568s28
19Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:30.609+1.667s29
20Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:31.326+2.384s27