Hamilton Leads The Way In F-1 Practice

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Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Formula One practice Friday at the Silverstone Circuit. (LAT Images Photo)
Lewis Hamilton finished second in Sunday's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. (LAT Images Photo)

SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom – One week after his dramatic victory in the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton picked up where he left off Friday at the Silverstone Circuit.

Hamilton topped the combined timesheets during practice for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Friday afternoon, leading the way with a top time of 1:25.606 during the second of the two practice sessions.

“It’s been a good start to the weekend. We brought a lot of learnings over from last week and with just a few small adjustments to the set-up we’ve been able to fine-tune the car and make some progress, which is positive,” Hamilton said. “Both the soft and medium tires feel very similar out there and there’s not a huge amount of time between them. We saw some overheating with the tyres, so they are going to take some nursing to get the best out of them. It was great to take the win here last weekend, but I know just how strong Valtteri is and as we saw last weekend, absolutely anything can happen in F-1.”

Bottas ended up second overall with his time from the second practice, falling .176 seconds off the pace set by Hamilton.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo turned in a solid performance to go third fastest on the day, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.

Sebastian Vettel’s bad luck continued during the second practice when his engine failed, dumping fluid all over the track. He managed only the 14th fastest lap during the second session prior to the engine failure.