F1 British GP 2024 Free Practice 2 – McLaren 1-2 as rain hits Silverstone

Follow all the F1 action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers take to Silverstone for FP2 at the 2024 British Grand Prix


Welcome to Total-Motorsport’s live F1 coverage of the British GP 2024 Free Practice 2 session. Held at the iconic Silverstone Circuit, as we reach the midpoint of an exciting Formula 1 season. Teams will use the FP2 session to gather vital data and refine their setups ahead of Sunday’s race. Stay with us as we bring you real-time updates and insights from the track.

The British Grand Prix, along with the Italian Grand Prix, is one of only two permanent fixtures on the Formula 1 calendar. This year marks the 75th British Grand Prix and the 58th race held at Silverstone, which also celebrated the championship’s 70th anniversary with an additional round in 2020. 

Established in 1942 as a Royal Air Force airfield, Silverstone has hosted Formula 1 races since 1950, where Nino Farina claimed the inaugural victory driving an Alfa Romeo. The track spans 5.861 kilometres, making it the fifth longest on the calendar, and is renowned for its challenging corners like Maggotts, Becketts, and Chapel, which impose substantial lateral forces exceeding 5G.

Historically, Ferrari are the most successful team at the British Grand Prix, boasting 18 wins, 16 pole positions, 20 fastest laps, and 59 podium finishes. McLaren and Williams follow with 14 and 10 victories, respectively. Among drivers, Lewis Hamilton leads with eight wins at his home race, seven pole positions, and 13 podium finishes

Stay tuned to Total-Motorsport.com for all the live action from the 2024 British GP with the second practice session at Silverstone as we reach the midpoint in the season.

FP2 ends: McLaren 1-2 in Britain

McLaren look set to continue their fine form through the 2024 British GP as Lando Norris tops the times at Silverstone ahead of Oscar Piastri (+0.331) and Sergio Perez (+0.434) in third.

4th: Nico Hulkenberg +0.441
5th: Charles Leclerc +0.601
6th: Lewis Hamilton +0.653
7th: Max Verstappen +0.684
8th: Carlos Sainz +0.700
9th: Lance Stroll +0.725
10th: George Russell +0.745

Eight minutes to go: Norris on the limit

Lando Norris has a big slide into the final chicane but he manages to gather it all together. The Brit leads FP2 with a 1:26.549.

No sign of rain yet.

McLaren on a “no risks” strategy with the rain

McLaren believe the rain will come thick and fast in Silverstone and they’ve essentially banned Lando Norris from trying to put on a wet weather masterclass for the home crowd at his home race.

“When the rain hits, it could become quite heavy quite quickly, so we’ll take no risk,” his race engineer says.

15 minutes to go: Softs the long-run tyre of choice

Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris seem neck and neck in their long runs at the moment as most of the grid uses the soft tyre for their long-run simulations in FP2. Are they looking to save some extra compounds for the race?

20 minutes to go: Norris top of the board

Lando Norris’ 1:26.549 remains the time to beat and will likely stay that way as he leads Oscar Piastri and Sergio Perez with rain inbound in the closing stages of FP2 at the British GP at Silverstone.

Then comes Nico Hulkenberg, Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz Lance Stroll and George Russell to close out the Top 10. Russell is 0.745 back from the McLaren in what is surely an unrepresentative lap time.

22 minutes to go: Rain due in 20 minutes

Daniel Ricciardo is told RB expects rain to hit the Silverstone circuit in around 20 minutes, which would be enough to bring proceedings to a slightly early end than expected. It’s unlikely anyone will bother to run if it hits in time.

24 minutes to go: Perez up to third

It’s still a McLaren 1-2 with Lando Norris leading Oscar Piastri but Sergio Perez manages to put in a decent lap to go third fastest but it’s still 0.434 back for the Mexican. He’s about 0.250 ahead of Verstappen.

Norris asks his team to check his floor after he ran wide but everything appears to be okay at the moment and he’s back on track.

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29 minutes to go: Norris now goes fastest

Lando Norris is now the quickest man on track as he displaces Oscar Piastri by a strong 0.331 to top the times at his home GP in Silverstone. Max Verstappen’s 0.684 back in sixth, so it seems like there aren’t quite some representative times being set by the other drivers out there.

But we can’t say Verstappen’s not trying to push whatever he’s got because he catches a huge slid through Becketts. Is that Red Bull just not fast this weekend?

Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg’s Haas in third is sitting very pretty at the moment.

32 minutes to go: Piastri on top! 🔝

Oscar Piastri now jumps above everyone else in the three with a 1:26.880 to lead Nico Hulkenberg’s Haas by just over a tenth, then comes Charles Leclerc with Max Verstappen down in fourth now.

Leclerc is fighting that Ferrari which seems to have decent speed but is far from easy to thread through the corners.

34 minutes to go: Stroll up to second

This is the sort of pace Aston Martin showed through 2023 as Lance Stroll now goes second fastest and is under five hundredths of a second behind Max Verstappen’s table-topping time of a 1:27.233.

That’s a good sign for the team as they battle to find some form again in the 2024 F1 season on the weekend they took Andy Cowell from Mercedes HPP.

35 minutes to go: Bottas almost tops the board!

That’s a nice moment for Valtteri Bottas and the Sauber team as the Finn jumps to second in the standings just 0.148 back from Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and everyone in green will hope that continues for the rest of the weekend.

Then comes Fernando Alonso in third as the Aston Martin shows some sign of life. Following him is George Russell, Alex Albon and Carlos Sainz.

39 minutes to go: George Russell smashes the kerbs

George Russell tests track limits at Copse and puts his Mercedes floor through its paces by running wide but there doesn’t seem to be too much damage as the Brit goes second fastest with the medium tyre, 0.273 back from Verstappen on the softs.

Are McLaren playing 4D chess in the United Kingdom?

McLaren found an edge over Red Bull in Spielberg by preserving their tyres and it was a move that saw Lando Norris scythe through the Max Verstappen’s eight-second lead in the dying embers leading to their Lap 64 crash.

Are they setting up a similar strategy at their home GP in Silverstone?

“By running a set of softs in to FP1 compared to Red Bull, McLaren will carry an extra set of new mediums into tomorrow,” Karun Chandhok tells Sky Sports F1. “And perhaps, even, the Grand Prix on Sunday.

“That’s what they did in Austria, remember.”

46 minutes to go: Leclerc into second

Charles Leclerc finds some decent time in his Ferrari to go second overall ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, although Verstappen’s on a push lap with the softs so he should smash his previous time…

And he does! The world champion posts a 1:27.233 to go a massive 0.851 clear of his nearest challenger. Carlos Sainz slots into fourth.

51 minutes to go: Leclerc catches a snap of oversteer

Charles Leclerc runs off track as he catches a moment of oversteer with his Ferrari whilst running through the Maggots and Becketts complex, that Ferrari doesn’t seem like the car it was a few races ago…

An Alpine is also spotted aggressively whacking the kerbs and could have given itself floor damage, but so far nothing’s been reported.

55 minutes to go: Verstappen fastest at the start

Max Verstappen’s Red Bull is the early pace-setter in Northamptonshire as he posts a 1:27.831 to beat Lando Norris’ McLaren by a cool three tenths, with George Russell a further 0.023 back from the McLaren.

Perez goes 1.5 seconds slower suggesting he might be carrying a bit more fuel than his teammate as he bids to catch up on time after missing FP1 for Isack Hadjar’s development session.

Who will win the 2024 British GP?

Lando Norris vs Max Verstappen seems to be the billing for the weekend with McLaren and Red Bull expected to be at each other’s throats again but who will emerge victorious in front of the British crowd of over 100,000?

“I think you have to take it (first practice results) with a dollop of salt, but I think Lando is my pick to win this weekend,” Karun Chandhok, ex-F1 racer, told Sky Sports F1. “I think he and the McLaren should be very competitive around here, and I think he’s pretty fired up after the last three races.” 

Green flag: FP2 begins

It’s a sell out crowd at Silverstone with FP2’s one hour slot kicking off now. It’s going to be a bit hectic because there is a 60% risk of rain at the back end of session and the first car out on track as the green light switches on is the Williams of Logan Sargeant.

Who will top FP2?

ICYMI: Lando Norris topped a cold FP1 in Silverstone

Lando Norris found the time on the softs to go faster than any other man in an encouraging sign for McLaren at the start of the 2024 British GP weekend. His 1:27.420 was good enough to beat Lance Stroll by 0.134.

Then came Oscar Piastri in third (0.211) and Max Verstappen in fourth (0.309) back, although the defending world champion was running the medium tyre.

Yuki Tsunoda’s FP1 running was ended after just 10 minutes when he lost the rear of his RB car and spun off into the gravel at the exit of the Luffield corner to send him for an early shower before Piastri suffered a hydraulic failure with six minutes left on the clock.

Welcome to the blog for FP2 at the 2024 British GP

Stay tuned for LIVE updates of the 2024 British GP Free Practice 2 session hosted at Silverstone.

There are dark clouds looming overhead, so could we see the drivers strap on the intermediate or full wets for the second session of Friday afternoon?

British GP 2024 Pirelli Tyre Info

Pirelli’s selection of the hardest compounds, the C1, C2, and the C3, underscores the demanding nature of Silverstone. The front axle endures significant strain, especially the left front tyre due to the predominance of right-hand turns. The unpredictable English summer weather adds another layer of complexity, requiring teams to be adaptable to rapidly changing conditions. Last year, a majority of drivers opted for a one-stop strategy, with the Soft compound playing a surprising role.

Tyre choices for the 2024 British GP | Pirelli
Tyre choices for the 2024 British GP | Pirelli

Where to Watch the F1 2024 British GP

Sky Sports F1 is the the home for live Formula 1 racing in the UK. The channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2024 British GP, including practice, qualifying, and the race itself. Meanwhile, F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action from Silverstone across ESPN.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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