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British GP: Max Verstappen completes Friday practice double as Alex Albon stars for Williams at Silverstone

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British GP: Max Verstappen completes Friday practice double as Alex Albon stars for Williams at Silverstone

World championship leader Max Verstappen tops both sessions at Silverstone on Friday; Carlos Sainz second for Ferrari, as Alex Albon takes surprise third for Williams; watch every session from the British GP live on Sky Sports F1 and for free on Sky Showcase this weekend

Last Updated: 07/07/23 5:17pm

Max Verstappen topped both practice sessions at Silverstone on Friday

Max Verstappen topped both practice sessions at Silverstone on Friday

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completed a Friday practice double at the British Grand Prix as Mercedes’ latest upgrades appeared to have little impact at Silverstone.

World championship leader Verstappen continued his imperious form to edge out Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in Practice Two by just two-hundredths of a second, with a time of 1:28.078.

Williams completed a hugely encouraging day as Alex Albon repeated his third from the opening session, with team-mate Logan Sargeant fifth behind Red Bull’s Perez.

Having struggled in Austria last weekend, Mercedes hoped that a new front wing would help push them back towards the top of the timesheet, but Lewis Hamilton could only manage 15th, with George Russell faring little better in 12th.

Also on the back foot going into the weekend is Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who missed the entire session after his car suffered an electrical issue.

Martin Brundle and Jenson Button were trackside to see the cars go through Vale corner and practising their pit entry during second practice at the British Grand Prix.

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Martin Brundle and Jenson Button were trackside to see the cars go through Vale corner and practising their pit entry during second practice at the British Grand Prix.

Martin Brundle and Jenson Button were trackside to see the cars go through Vale corner and practising their pit entry during second practice at the British Grand Prix.

Having claimed a fifth successive victory to extend his world championship lead to 81 points in Austria, Verstappen is attempting to win six races in a row for the first time in his F1 career.

Red Bull have won each of the first nine races of the season, and are looking for an 11th successive victory – stretching back to last year – that will draw them level with the record McLaren set in 1988.

More to follow…

British GP Practice Two Timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.078
2) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.022
3) Alex Albon Williams +0.218
4) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.264
5) Logan Sargeant Williams +0.688
6) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +0.788
7) Nico Hulkenberg Haas +0.802
8) Pierre Gasly Alpine +0.811
9) Oscar Piastri McLaren +0.848
10) Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +1.056
11) Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +1.147
12) George Russell Mercedes +1.160
13) Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.164
14) Lando Norris McLaren +1.182
15) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.205
16) Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +1.300
17) Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.361
18) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1.405
19) Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri +1.493
20) Charles Leclerc Ferrari No time set

Sky Sports F1’s live British GP schedule (all F1 sessions on Sky Showcase)

Saturday July 8
9:15am: F3 Sprint
11:15am: British GP Practice Three (session starts 11:30am)
1:10pm: F2 Sprint
2:15pm: British GP Qualifying build-up
3pm: BRITISH GP QUALIFYING
5pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook

Sunday July 9
8:10am: F3 Feature Race
9:50am: F2 Feature Race
11:50am: Porsche Supercup
1:30pm: Grand Prix Sunday – British GP build-up
3pm: The BRITISH GRAND PRIX
5pm: Chequered Flag: British GP reaction
6pm: Ted’s Notebook

Next on the F1 calendar is the big one, Silverstone. Don’t miss the British GP live on Sky Sports from July 7-9

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