Hamilton recorded a time of 1.19.837 on the softest tire. Verstappen admitted a small one and a half tenth to the seven-time world champion. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas rode to the third fastest time. Sergio Pérez, Verstappen’s companion, set the tenth fastest time.
As usual, the drivers concentrated on the long runs during the second part of Friday afternoon practice, with a view to Sunday’s race. Red Bull – which struggled with a problem with the braking system at the start of the training – and Mercedes did not differ much from each other.
Just like Saturday’s qualifying, the race starts at 4 p.m. Dutch time.
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