Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during the second free practice at the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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In-form Valtteri Bottas registered a "double top" ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to confirm his title credentials in Friday's opening practice sessions ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix.The Finn, who joined the team as a replacement for retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, emerged as a genuine championship contender when he won last Sunday's Austrian race.Bottas clocked a best lap of one minute and 28.496 seconds to outpace Hamilton by 0.047 seconds at the top of the timesheets in the afternoon's second session, with the Ferraris of Finn Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel third and fourth.Verstappen said he was disappointed to see Red Bull trailing Ferrari again.Two-time champion Fernando Alonso was ninth for McLaren ahead of Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India.
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