2020 F1 British GP practice results: Stroll fastest as Albon crashes

Charles Bradley
·5-min read

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen set the fastest time in the first session using soft tyres, almost half a second clear of world championship-leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who set his time on the medium rubber.

Stroll was third quickest in FP1, with new Racing Point teammate Nico Hulkenberg, making his F1 return in place of the Covid-positive Sergio Perez, in ninth place, just over a second off the pace.

Sebastian Vettel suffered a troubled first session for Ferrari, with a broken intercooler restricting him to just a handful of laps.

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In the second session, despite hotter weather conditions, Stroll went quicker than the FP1 pace at 1m27.274s, 0.09s faster than Red Bull’s Alexander Albon.

Valtteri Bottas was third fastest for Mercedes, while Hamilton had a moment at Brooklands on his soft-tyred run and didn’t maximise his potential, ending the session fifth behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

Meantime, Verstappen’s flying lap on softs was ruined when he came across Romain Grosjean’s touring Haas at Becketts. That led to an amusing sequence of angry radio messages, after Verstappen slowed down and gestured at the Frenchman. Verstappen ended the session down in 14th.

The session was halted halfway through, as Albon crashed his Red Bull at Stowe – slamming into the barriers after “losing the rear end” midway around the fast right-hand bend.

Hulkenberg was seventh fastest in FP2, 0.636s off the pace. Vettel suffered more lost track time, as the pedals came loose inside his cockpit, and he was only 18th fastest. 

F1 British Grand Prix Free Practice 1 results

1

Netherlands
Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16
Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

27

1'27.422

 

 

242.588

2

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+
Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

27

1'27.896

0.474

0.474

241.280

3

Canada
Canada

Lance Stroll

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20
Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

22

1'28.004

0.582

0.108

240.984

4

Thailand
Thailand

Alex Albon

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16
Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

24

1'28.129

0.707

0.125

240.642

5

Monaco
Monaco

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

22

1'28.221

0.799

0.092

240.391

6

Finland
Finland

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+
Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

29

1'28.519

1.097

0.298

239.582

7

France
France

Esteban Ocon

Renault R.S.20
Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

26

1'28.559

1.137

0.040

239.474

8

Australia
Australia

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault R.S.20
Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

22

1'28.575

1.153

0.016

239.430

9

Germany
Germany

Nico Hulkenberg

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20
Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

23

1'28.592

1.170

0.017

239.385

10

Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Daniil Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01
AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

21

1'28.868

1.446

0.276

238.641

11

France
France

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01
AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

24

1'28.909

1.487

0.041

238.531

12

Spain
Spain

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren-Renault MCL35
McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

24

1'28.988

1.566

0.079

238.319

13

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Lando Norris

McLaren-Renault MCL35
McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

22

1'28.990

1.568

0.002

238.314

14

Denmark
Denmark

Kevin Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari VF-20
Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

23

1'29.532

2.110

0.542

236.871

15

France
France

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari VF-20
Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

25

1'29.576

2.154

0.044

236.755

16

Finland
Finland

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39
Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

24

1'29.746

2.324

0.170

236.306

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

George Russell

Williams-Mercedes FW43
Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

23

1'29.899

2.477

0.153

235.904

18

Italy
Italy

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39
Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

17

1'29.925

2.503

0.026

235.836

19

Canada
Canada

Nicholas Latifi

Williams-Mercedes FW43
Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

20

1'30.703

3.281

0.778

233.813

20

Germany
Germany

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

2

 

 

 

 

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F1 British Grand Prix Free Practice 2 results

1

Canada
Canada

Lance Stroll

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20
Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

29

1'27.274

 

 

243.000

2

Thailand
Thailand

Alex Albon

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16
Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

13

1'27.364

0.090

0.090

242.749

3

Finland
Finland

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+
Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

30

1'27.431

0.157

0.067

242.563

4

Monaco
Monaco

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

30

1'27.570

0.296

0.139

242.178

5

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+
Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

Mercedes

27

1'27.581

0.307

0.011

242.148

6

Spain
Spain

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren-Renault MCL35
McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

35

1'27.820

0.546

0.239

241.489

7

Germany
Germany

Nico Hulkenberg

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20
Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

Mercedes

28

1'27.910

0.636

0.090

241.242

8

France
France

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01
AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

31

1'27.997

0.723

0.087

241.003

9

Australia
Australia

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault R.S.20
Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

30

1'28.112

0.838

0.115

240.689

10

Finland
Finland

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39
Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

35

1'28.159

0.885

0.047

240.560

11

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Lando Norris

McLaren-Renault MCL35
McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

Renault

26

1'28.169

0.895

0.010

240.533

12

France
France

Esteban Ocon

Renault R.S.20
Renault R.S.20

Renault

Renault

35

1'28.219

0.945

0.050

240.397

13

Italy
Italy

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39
Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

Ferrari

31

1'28.256

0.982

0.037

240.296

14

Netherlands
Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16
Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

Honda

23

1'28.390

1.116

0.134

239.932

15

Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Daniil Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01
AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

Honda

29

1'28.426

1.152

0.036

239.834

16

France
France

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari VF-20
Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

27

1'28.564

1.290

0.138

239.460

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

George Russell

Williams-Mercedes FW43
Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

26

1'28.771

1.497

0.207

238.902

18

Germany
Germany

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

Ferrari

23

1'28.860

1.586

0.089

238.663

19

Denmark
Denmark

Kevin Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari VF-20
Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

Ferrari

27

1'28.898

1.624

0.038

238.561

20

Canada
Canada

Nicholas Latifi

Williams-Mercedes FW43
Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

Mercedes

35

1'29.958

2.684

1.060

235.750

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