Valtteri Bottas saw off Lewis Hamilton to finish fastest in opening practice for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
The team's Achilles heel in recent years has been the heat, and when temperatures rise, so the performance of its auto falls away, allowing Hamilton and Bottas to drop into the clutches of their rivals. "I'm confident that today I'm the strongest I've ever been, but I can always raise the bar", he said.
Bottas continues to push his teammate Hamilton, claiming eight race wins and 12 pole positions during his time with the team. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel finished seventh, half-a-second off the pace of team-mate Leclerc.
Vettel stirred that up by confirming he left last weekend's British Grand Prix in Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer's vehicle.
Hamilton already has six titles to his name and is favored to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven this season, meaning his next contract would provide him with the chance to become the most successful driver in Formula 1 history.
"After the fuel station he was going home and I continued going somewhere else". A Ferrari Pista and I remember years ago he was talking about that vehicle and now he obviously got one.
"It would to me make a bit more sense to do a two-day event on a track like [Silverstone] where we've done a double-header", said Albon.
Vettel dodged direction questions about his future.
"I kind of just want to separate myself from that, and then push on with ending racism and that messaging, which I think is great that Formula 1 is doing and that all of the drivers are supporting. I'm not too stressed about it".
"When you think about so many people in the world who have lost their jobs and people who are now unemployed, to sit down and negotiate a big contract doesn't feel like the most important thing that I need to apply time to at this second".