altteri Bottas set the fastest time in free practice on Saturday morning ahead of the British Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton just behind him as Mercedes topped a session for the first time this weekend.
FP3 was a proper ‘time attack’ session as soft tyres were bolted on by the majority of the field, and were temperatures not quite as oppressive as in Friday’s practice runs. It meant the tyres had a little more longevity and drivers were eager to push to find their limit ahead of qualifying later this afternoon.
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Bottas set his fastest time with under 15 minutes remaining, his effort of 1m25.873s ominously close to his own 2019 pole position time of 1m25.093s. Hamilton briefly led the session but ended up 0.138s slower than the Finn in P2.