The rain came to Silverstone for FP2, and with mixed weather due all weekend it could prove to have gifted invaluable data for the teams

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren MCL38


What the teams said – Qualifying in Great Britain

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Lando Norris continued his run at the top of the timesheets on Friday at Silverstone by going fastest in second practice, setting the pace ahead of McLaren team mate Oscar Piastri and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.

With the risk of rain still at 60 percent – as had been the case in FP1 – it was a busy start to Free Practice 2, as the teams and drivers looked to get their programmes under way ahead of any potential showers arriving.

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Most of the field hit the circuit with the medium tyres bolted on for their opening runs, and Max Verstappen set an early benchmark for Red Bull, going fastest on a lap of 1m 27.831s. Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, had a moment through Maggots and Becketts in the Ferrari, having reported struggling in high-speed sections.

The Monegasque’s Scuderia team mate Carlos Sainz suggested that the track seemed to be getting slower in the windy conditions. Soon afterwards, Verstappen became the first driver to switch to the soft tyre – a compound he did not run during FP1 – before promptly going fastest of all.

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