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Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was third fastest for Ferrari, followed by Australian Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Austrian GP victor Max Verstappen, racing for Red Bull.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has called on Formula 1 chiefs to reduce the number of incidents and penalties at Grand Prix weekends, off the back of his sanction in Austria.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, Verstappen's teammate who was celebrating his 29th birthday, was in a podium position but heavy rear tyre wear took its toll and he retired with a broken exhaust.

At the start, Raikkonen made a rapid departure from third to dive between the two Mercedes as Bottas struggled uphill and Hamilton took the initiative.

Lewis Hamilton returns to his home ground and will be looking to bounce back from last week's nightmare showing where both himself and team mate Valtteri Bottas failed to finish the race.

Horner said the move to pass Raikkonen was "really brave", while Verstappen's father Jos told Autosport said: "This is Max, and we don't want to see him different".

Verstappen hit the front after Mercedes kept Hamilton out on track during a virtual safety auto period that followed Bottas's retirement, with the other contenders pitting for fresh tyres.

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On just his second lap of the session, Verstappen had to correct a snap of oversteer as he got on the power when exiting Luffield, but - much like Sergey Sirotkin in FP1 - he overcompensated and spun the vehicle in the opposite direction.

Sebastian Vettel believes Formula One's penalty system needs to be more flexible after he lost three grid positions and a potential race victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Haas cars of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished in fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of the Force India cars of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez. I feel I have the best strategy team behind me.

Alonso was just 0.048secs ahead of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, a more familiar leader of the group of best of the rest. "I've got no time left in the tyres", said Hamilton, aware that a straightforward race win was in peril.

Hamilton then, somewhat unexpectedly, pitted after 25 laps and emerged fourth, ahead of his direct title rival Vettel, but the defending champion was unhappy.

"They are definitely on a high at the minute and it's going to need to continue", Hamilton said during Thursday's press conference at the Silverstone circuit. I'm not going to be able to pass these guys. I can't predict what will happen but that's not getting in my way'. Hamilton reeled off two fastest laps, but it was asking too much as Mercedes' unbeaten four-year run in Austria, and his own race, came to an end when he pulled up on lap 64 after losing power.

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