Max P7 after Friday practice: 'We didn't have a good balance.'

Published on 12 July 2019 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen finished the second free practice session of the British Grand Prix in seventh place. Mercedes led the way with Valtteri Bottas lapping the Silvertone circuit quickest ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton and third-placed Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).

“Because of the new track surface, we still have to learn how to deal with the gip levels”, explained Max after FP2. “It’s good, although a bit bumpy, which is a shame. But, there is more grip, which is always good. It was pretty windy today which made it more challenging. Ultimately, we didn’t have a good balance in the car.”

“This has probably been the worst Friday of the year so we’ve got some work to do. But it’s good we’re so close to Mercedes and Ferrari so there’s some potential”, concluded the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver.


It remains quiet at the start of the session with most drivers staying in the garage. Kimi Raikkonen is the first driver to head out. Due to technical issues in the first practice session, the Alfa Romeo driver is looking to gain valuable track time. The Finn is also the first driver to clock a time.

Fifteen minutes into FP2, Max steers his RB15 out on track for the first time. After a couple of timed laps, the Red Bulls head the timing sheets with Max quickest ahead of team mate Pierre Gasly.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are exploring and exceeding the grip limits of the new track surface with both multiple world champions making excursions on to the run-off areas.

At the half way mark Mercedes have restored the order which has been so prevalent during the majority of the 2019 season with the German outfit at the top of the leader boards. This time, it is Bottas leads Hamilton, Leclerc, Gasly and Max.

In the final half an hour, whilst having dropped to seventh, Max and the team have turned their focus on to race simulations. He does so on the soft tyre. Nevertheless, the Red Bull ace only clocks yellow sectors, meaning he does not better his lap time.

Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault has come to a standstill, resulting in a Virtual Safety Car. After the VSC is cleared, Max once again ventures out for a run. This time he uses a set of used medium Pirellis which do not give him the grip to better his lap time, meaning the Dutchman ends Friday at Silverstone in P7.

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Results second free practice Great Britain:

1Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:26.732 24
2Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:26.801+0.069s34
3Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:26.929+0.197s29
4Sebastian VettelVETFerrari1:27.180+0.448s29
5Pierre GaslyGASRed Bull Racing Honda1:27.249+0.517s30
6Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Renault1:27.546+0.814s37
7Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:27.562+0.830s31
8Carlos SainzSAIMcLaren Renault1:27.987+1.255s38
9Alexander AlbonALBScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:27.997+1.265s37
10Sergio PerezPERRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:28.002+1.270s31
11Daniil KvyatKVYScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:28.008+1.276s35
12Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:28.059+1.327s29
13Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:28.126+1.394s32
14Daniel RicciardoRICRenault1:28.128+1.396s17
15Nico HulkenbergHULRenault1:28.217+1.485s33
16Lance StrollSTRRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:28.240+1.508s36
17Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:28.294+1.562s27
18Romain GrosjeanGROHaas Ferrari1:28.794+2.062s25
19Robert KubicaKUBWilliams Mercedes1:29.935+3.203s36
20George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:30.514+3.782s11