Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris both within 0.2s of Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari; Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc fourth and fifth with Mercedes upgrades appearing to make difference; Watch British GP final practice at 12pm on Saturday, qualifying at 3pm

Last Updated: 02/07/22 7:29am

Sky F1's Karun Chandhok is at the SkyPad to analyse Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's fastest laps during second practice at Silverstone.

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Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok is at the SkyPad to analyse Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest laps during second practice at Silverstone.

Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok is at the SkyPad to analyse Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest laps during second practice at Silverstone.

Carlos Sainz was fastest for Ferrari in a fiercely competitive Practice Two for the British GP, while Lewis Hamilton’s boosted his home-race hopes by finishing second as Mercedes showed promise with their upgraded car.

In front of a sell-out Silverstone crowd, Lando Norris was just behind countryman Hamilton in third, with the McLaren driver surprisingly quicker than title rivals Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

“It’s so exciting,” said 2009 world champion Jenson Button on Sky Sports F1. “Four different cars, four teams split by two-tenths of a second!”

Sainz topped a dry P2 – which was made all the more crucial and intriguing following a rain-disrupted opening session – by 0.153s despite running wide at Copse Corner.

Martin Brundle and Jenson Button were trackside to watch the drivers face challenging conditions through Becketts Corner during second practice at the British Grand Prix.

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Martin Brundle and Jenson Button were trackside to watch the drivers face challenging conditions through Becketts Corner during second practice at the British Grand Prix.

Martin Brundle and Jenson Button were trackside to watch the drivers face challenging conditions through Becketts Corner during second practice at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton had dropped down to 15th at one stage but found pace on his soft-tyre run to place second in a Mercedes car which has plenty of updates, including a new floor, as the team aim for their first win of the season.

Norris, who was top before Sainz and Hamilton’s faster laps, was still within two-tenths of Sainz come the end of the session.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen locks up at Turn 3 due to the gusty winds at Silverstone.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen locks up at Turn 3 due to the gusty winds at Silverstone.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen locks up at Turn 3 due to the gusty winds at Silverstone.

Verstappen, the title leader by 46 points, and Leclerc, who has the most poles this season, both struggled for one-lap speed and finished 0.2 and 0.4s off the pace respectively.

Fernando Alonso was sixth for Alpine, ahead of the Red Bull of Sergio Perez and the Mercedes of George Russell.

Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll, whose spin at the end of P1 brought out red flags, rounded off the top-10 to round off the opening day from the home of British motorsport.

Mercedes take ‘step forward’ at Silverstone

While Red Bull and Ferrari have dominated F1 2022 and shared all nine victories so far this season, all eyes were on Mercedes heading to Silverstone as the Silver Arrows hoped a combination of significant upgrades, and a Silverstone track suiting them would propel them back towards the front at Hamilton and Russell’s home circuit.

It is too early to say they are in the hunt for pole and the victory, but things are looking a lot brighter for a team who have suffered with violent bouncing and a lack of pace so far this season.

“It seems like we have taken a step forward because we are not normally near the top on a Friday,” said trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin.

Lewis Hamilton has a slight issue at the end of Practice Two with something falling off the floor of his car at Turn 9.

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Lewis Hamilton has a slight issue at the end of Practice Two with something falling off the floor of his car at Turn 9.

Lewis Hamilton has a slight issue at the end of Practice Two with something falling off the floor of his car at Turn 9.

“Now, I expect there will be more to come from Ferrari and a bit more to come from Red Bull but the long run work was quite encouraging as well and those were overlaying quite nicely.

“There is certainly a lot to work on, there is some bouncing around and it is tricky in the high speed at the moment but hopefully the updates pushed us in the right direction.”

Hamilton agreed that Mercedes had “definitely made improvements”, adding: “We’ve still got work to do. It feels like a small step forwards.”

The only blip for Hamilton, whose car looked much more stable than in recent races, on an otherwise encouraging day where he finished second in both sessions was him losing a bit of floor at the end of P2.

McLaren experienced difficulties in the pitlane trying to replace Lando Norris' tyres during second practice at the British GP.

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McLaren experienced difficulties in the pitlane trying to replace Lando Norris’ tyres during second practice at the British GP.

McLaren experienced difficulties in the pitlane trying to replace Lando Norris’ tyres during second practice at the British GP.

Norris’ rise up the timesheets, having finished 15th last time out in Canada, was even more surprising.

“As good as it looked, it is still difficult to put things together and be consistent but I am happy,” he said afterwards.

“The car seems to be in a decent place, at least, a little better than we were expecting.”

Mercedes are still expecting a fightback through the weekend, particularly from Red Bull – winners of the last six races.

Rain, meanwhile, is forecast for Saturday, when final practice is at 12pm and qualifying at 3pm. Watch all the action live on Sky Sports F1.

British GP Practice Two timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:28.942
2) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.163
3) Lando Norris McLaren +0.176
4) Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.207
5) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.462
6) Fernando Alonso Alpine +0.753
7) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.811
8) George Russell Mercedes +0.857
9) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +0.960
10) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +1.000
11) Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +1.058
12) Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +1.115
13) Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.296
14) Alexander Albon Williams +1.321
15) Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +1.329
16) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1.396
17) Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.538
18) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.568
19) Mick Schumacher Haas +1.667
20) Nicholas Latifi Williams +2.384