Bottas ahead of Hamilton as Mercedes rule only Eifel GP practice

Mercedes dominated the only practice session for the Eifel Formula One Grand Prix in improved weather conditions, with Valtteri Bottas leading the way from championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and Ferrari also impressing.Bottas clocked 1 minute 26.225 seconds on the 5.148-kilometres Nuerburgring course under partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures.Hamilton was .136 of a second back, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc third and Sebastian Vettel fifth, behind Max Verstappen of Red Bull.The result is a glimmer of hope for the Scuderia which has disappointed this season and is far off the pace in the…

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