SILVERSTONE, England, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas beat his teammate, six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, in the heads-up of Mercedes from windy free practice sessions leading up to the Grand Formula One Grand Prix. Brittany celebrated on Saturday.
The Finn, five points behind Hamilton in the overall standings after three races, set the fastest time with one minute and 25.873 seconds, on an unusually quiet circuit with tribunes empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hamilton, who is chasing a record seven wins at home on Sunday, was 0.138 seconds slower, with strong gusts of wind complicating his life.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull was third best, 0.3 behind Bottas, with fourth place for Canadian Lance Stroll of Racing Point, powered by Mercedes.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris were fifth and seventh respectively, with Charles Leclerc separating the two in sixth place with his Ferrari.
His teammate, Sebastián Vettel, only managed a 14th place, after registering some loose parts in the cabin after the team changed the pedals on Friday.
Red Bull’s Alex Albon, who crashed dramatically on Friday, managed to complete just nine laps and finished 13th, after mechanics tried to fix a power failure in his car.
Nico Hulkenberg, replacing Sergio Pérez at Racing Point after the Mexican tested positive for the new coronavirus, posted the ninth fastest time.
(Information by Alan Baldwin; edited by Ken Ferris; translated by Darío Fernández in the Gdansk newsroom)