Max Verstappen clocked an outright circuit lap record and fastest lap as Red Bull continued to top the times in Friday afternoon’s second free practice for this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
The young Dutchman recorded a best lap of one minute and 13.085 seconds to outpace Lewis Hamilton by 0.26 seconds with Valtteri Bottas third, in the second Mercedes, ahead of championship-leading home hero Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
On a sweltering afternoon at the Hockenheimring, with an air temperature of 31 degrees Celsius and the session was dedicated to evaluating tyre performance ahead of Sunday’s race.
Fresh from announcements confirming new contracts for them both, the two Mercedes men were consistently fast, but unable to match the Red Bulls in the tight and twisty first and third sectors of the circuit, including the final ‘ stadium section’.
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