We are back at the 2022 British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit, for Practice 2. The track is dry and cool with the sun coming through the clouds.
A record crowd is expected of over 400,000 people planning to attend over the weekend.
This is when the technical tacticians will start thinking of tyre strategies and time management for the race ahead on Sunday and collect a significant amount of data.
There are 2 DRS “drag reduction system” detection zones that could give drivers an extra boost down the straights. It could be as much as 14-16 kph before hitting the quick and fast bends but this track has apex kerbs.
There are 20 turns in all, 10 right and 10 left, that lead into fast quick turns and the fastest corner the “Copes Corner”.
Watch for this location during the race, slowing the drivers but also presenting an opportunity for theatre and takeovers. Precision testing will be a premium here.
Look for the teams to fit their cars with diverse types of tyres, soft, for pure speed then medium, for balance, and hard for durability.
The Red Bulls and the Ferraris are out. Off they go, as they start to pick up the pace in FP2.
Well into session, 28:23, Lando NORRIS, McLaren sets the fast time of the soft tyres.
It’s fiery out there, with mishaps, and cut-offs by some of the drivers.
Teams are pushing their drivers to drive as significant as possible and a fast lap on one of the sectors.
Back to the track, Ferrari and Mercedes show lots of speed around the quick bends, this is a very good sign for Mercedes and the Silver Arrows.
Practice 2 comes to an end and we have a Prancing Red Horse on top of the timesheet. SANIZ finished with a time of 1:28.942, followed by two Englishman. A Silver Arrow, HAMILTON finished with a time of 1:29.105 and that beautiful orange McLaren of NORRIS finished in 3rd with a time of 1:29.118.
The crowds love that here on British soil.
“We definitely think on paper that this track should suit us more, similarly to the other tracks that suited us so far.” Andreas Seidi, Mclaren Team Principal
Stay viewed, see you tomorrow for FP3 and Qualification
En Sorgini is a Formula 1 Analyst for GTA Weekly News