Featured 2018 Formula One British Grand Prix

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    Welcome to the official discussion thread of the 2018 Formula One British Grand Prix!


    Silverstone, home of motorsport in the United Kingdom and one of the most historic racing venues on the whole Formula One calendar often throws up an interesting race event, usually due to inclement weather conditions - but with the UK in the midst of a wonderful heat wave, will Silverstone play host to business as usual this coming weekend?

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    THURSDAY FIA PRESS CONFERENCE - DRIVERS – Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Charles LECLERC (Sauber)


    Q: Charles, what a season it’s turning out to be. You’ve scored in five of the last six races, Q2 in the last six races. Clearly you’ve found a sweet-spot with the car. How much confidence do you have coming into this weekend?
    Charles LECLERC:
    Well, as I’ve said before, the confidence is not so high because I'm always looking at the negatives after each grand prix and yeah, there’s still plenty of negatives. I did some mistakes in Paul Ricard, and again in Austria but yeah, we’ve been in the points consistently, which is great. We definitely did not expect it. Q2, six times in a row now I think, which is, again, quite crazy. I expect a bit more of a difficult weekend here, especially with high speed corners but we’ll try to push and hopefully we’ll have a very positive weekend again.

    Q: You’ve told us about the negatives but let’s just reflect on the positives of the last few races. You’re clearly getting on very well with the car. Have you surprised yourself at how quickly you’ve got up to speed?
    CL
    : To be honest I had very difficult first three weekends this season but then we really did a step in Baku with the approach of the setup especially. I was asking something completely wrong to the engineers in these first three weekends, and then it went a lot better. So, yeah, for now it is going very, very well, and we just need to keep working like that.

    Q: It’s not easy to be in a team that’s rebuilding, as is the case with Sauber, yet you seem to be dealing with it very well. How much are you enjoying that process and what are you learning?
    CL:
    It’s great to see the hard work of the team and that it pays off on the track. It’s not like we’re having a revolutionary change and upgrades – but any time we’ve put something on the car it went in the right direction. And yeah, we’ve seen that on track and it’s not always a given in Formula One. Sometimes you bring something and it’s not doing what it’s supposed to do on track. So, yeah, the team’s doing a great job on that, and they are giving me a car that is easy to drive also. So, everything is going good.

    Q: Max, a quick moment’s reflection on four days ago, that victory for the team’s home race in Austria and those crazy scenes with those Dutch fans after the race. How do you reflect on it all, four days on?
    Max VERSTAPPEN:
    I think it was a little bit of an unexpected victory but, of course, I think they’re very nice to take, especially after Friday and Saturday where we didn’t look fantastic. Then, going into the race, I immediately felt I had a bit better balance in the car, I could at least push it a bit more in the fast corners where we were losing out before. And then yeah, of course, the Mercedes cars in front of me, with Valtteri having a problem, disappearing and then, with the Virtual Safety Car, I think the team did a good job to anticipate that and make the pitstop. And then from there onwards it was all about tyre management and I think we were on top of that. Or course, at the end the Ferrari’s same close but we managed it well, with the whole team and yeah, of course we’re happy to win.

    Q: One of your best victories?
    MV:
    Yeah. I keep saying that. I think they’re all nice if you win. This one was very unexpected and I think that makes it a little bit more special.

    Q: You’ve had three consecutive podiums now, you’re building some momentum – so where do you feel Red Bull Racing sit in the pecking order among those top teams?
    MV:
    Difficult to say. I think it depends on the track. If the straights are pretty long, then we are third. If they’re not too many straights, I think we have the best chassis, so we are very competitive. But yeah, to make a win in Austria is good because normally we’d expect to lose points on the others – and we didn't, so that’s good. Let’s see what we can do here.

    Q: Let’s talk a little bit more about that. There are some long straights here at Silverstone but there are some fast corners as well. How do you see it panning out this weekend?
    MV:
    I think the problem is that some corners now, they became flat-out and then it basically becomes a double straight, and that’s just very painful. Like Turn One, you’ve got Copse which is flat. It’s a bit of a shame for us. I’m not expecting us to be, like, super-competitive but we’ll there. More or less. So, let’s see what’s going to happen during the race.

    Q: Lewis, you’re going for record win number six here at Silverstone; your fifth in a row. You know coming into this weekend there’s going to be a huge amount of support in the grandstands for you. Can you give us your thoughts coming into your home grand prix?
    Lewis HAMILTON:
    It’s the same as every year really: the British Grand Prix is obviously the most special, in the sense of all the races that we get to do – for me. It’s a real privilege. I was just watching some of the replays of last year, and if you look at the end, and it shows you all of the positions and obviously to see the Union Flag up there is always a great feeling. The fans here are just incredible and the weather is the best it’s ever been. We’re fighting for a World Cup, so I think it’s just a really great time for sport.

    Q: Why is this race different for you?
    LH:
    Just because of the fans.

    Q: We talked about last weekend with Max, just to reflect on your race in Austria. What follow-ups have there been in the factory? Is there anything you can tell us about why you retired – and are you confident you’re not going to have any problems this weekend?
    LH:
    Obviously, we know it was a difficult weekend and of course we have all wished it wasn’t the way it was but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Honestly, the spirit within the team is stronger than it’s ever been. These experiences we’ve been having and how we’ve been handling them, have really united us more than any other year. There’s a great energy within team. So, while it was a painful experience, it actually brought us closer. I think it made us stronger. I think coming here there’s been some fixes already, immediately after the race, as soon as they got the car back, I think that evening there was a fix that was designed and put into test mode. So, the team was super on it and I’m confident we’ve done everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

    QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

    Q: (Hans Straus – Media Group Limburg) Max, how do you feel about the triple-header? Is it business as usual or is it extra-difficult for you?
    MV:
    It’s a little bit busier but I think as a driver, yeah, we don’t really feel the issues. I think it’s mainly just the mechanics with families and stuff. It’s getting quite busy, for them especially.

    Q: (Beatrice Zamuner – Motorlat.com) Question to Charles: given the fact Sauber has been on the way up technically and also in terms of competitiveness, would you like to continue being part of this project next year?
    CL:
    Well, it’s obviously very interesting to be part of this project, as I was saying. We are growing races after races. They are bringing packages and we keep going more and more to the front, so that’s good to see. Then yeah, we’ll have to see for next year. We’ll have to see what other opportunities I get. And then we’ll see. For now, I’m really focussing on this year. Trying to develop the car, like we did. I think we are… yeah, it’s above expectations, what we are doing for now. As a team I don’t think we thought we would develop as good as we are now. So, that’s great to see, and then we’ll see next year.

    Q: (Livio Oricchio – Globoesporte.com) Lewis, do you believe in this circuit, the new spec of your car, used first time in Austria, can appear more? It’s a more real circuit than in Spielberg?
    LH:
    I think the two tracks actually hold some similarities in corner speed and corner pace. Like if you look at the middle and last sector of the last race, as opposed to here. But this is a more demanding circuit, particularly with the temperatures we have here. All the high-speed corners. Copse is most-likely going to be flat; Turn One is going to be flat. It’s going to be one of the hardest races on the tyres, I would imagine. But in terms of car performance, yeah, for sure, we’ll be able to extend… spread the legs of the car more here – but that’s the same for everyone. And high-speed is not really a problem in the cars for us nowadays. We’ve got these big wings, massive tyres, so it should be… it’ll be the fastest we’ve ever driver here so it’s going to be pretty good fun.

    Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action & Speed Sport) Charles, as you say, the team is improving the car, bringing upgrades. How much better are you, compared to the beginning of the season? You yourself, at just getting more speed out of the car?
    CL:
    As I said earlier. I think it’s a combination of what I was asking of the car, that was completely wrong in the first three races, and then you are in quite a negative spiral where the car is very difficult to drive, so you try to push more, and you do more errors, and everything is going quite badly. Then, when I understood which balance I wanted in this car, when I arrived in Baku and went with a much more stable balance, especially for the city track, and then we kept that for the rest of the season. And that went in a good direction, also for me, because I could push the limit. It was easier to feel the limit. And then we worked on that and it made a big step for me also because it was just easier to drive.

    Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC Sport) Lewis, you’ve had an up and down season so far. You’ve had some great weekends and some weekends where you have struggled a bit more. How would you describe the way it’s been for you, yourself, and do you have any indication that it might be like last year, where you developed an incredible momentum in the second half of the season, after you had spent time getting used to everything?
    LH:
    I think it’s impossible to say how the rest of the season is going to go. What I can say, as I said just a minute ago, from experiences like we had yesterday, the team are very, very reactive. We’re trying to be proactive, but it’s great to be able to be reactive as well. We have been making a lot of improvements in the car, my feeling for the car, my understanding – that just naturally grows for a driver throughout the year and for a team as you become more aware of the tyres, the strengths and weaknesses of the package you have. I think everyone is going to continue to shift and get a bit better, but ultimately we want to be improving faster than the others if possible. But it has been an up and down season and I can’t really explain it. Part of it is tyres, part of it is that it is a much more competitive year than last year, that we’re fighting two teams. It’s a lot closer, there is a lot more pressure on. It’s how the sport should be, in the sense that you’re squeezing more out of the cars and out of the drivers as well. I think it’s not a bad thing.

    Q: Lewis, I asked Max to give his thoughts on the pecking order at the front of Formula 1 at the moment, what’s your take on that?
    LH:
    The pecking order among teams?

    Q: Yes.
    LH:
    I don’t really know. [Max] what did you say?
    MV: That sometimes I guess we have a good chance and sometimes we’re still third. It depends on the track, for us at least.

    Who has the fastest car at the moment?
    LH:
    Like Max says, it’s up and down from track to track, but I still feel we are the best team, and I truly believe that we will remain that for the rest of the year.

    Q: (Phil Duncan - PA) Lewis, we’ve seen your Mercedes team make a few strategy mistakes this year. What do you put that down to and do you think it could end up costing you points and ultimately the title?
    LH:
    I think if you look at the season, it’s been like that for other teams, I think all teams. If you look at Ferrari, they’ve lost points, I’m pretty sure the Red Bulls have lost points. The amount of pressure, the amount of simulations that go on, the information… there are a lot of tough calls for each team to make. Some of them for sure are easier than others. Maybe the easier one sometimes… it could be one weekend the easier one is the wrong decision and vice versa. That’s just how it is. I hope it’s not a title decider, but, as I said, I can’t predict what’s going to happen going forwards. All I know is that we are constantly getting better and improving. What I can say is that I really do feel like I have the best strategist team behind me. I mean look at how many wins I’ve had within this team. We’ve had far, far more success than we’ve had failures and nobody is perfect. It’s just the way the sport is. There is no way to be perfect. It would probably be boring if that was the case.

    Q: (Scott Mitchell - Autosport) Lewis, you talked about having fixes in place for the problems last weekend. Is there any concern at all that these reliability concerns happened on the second weekend with an upgraded engine, particularly after it had been delayed for reliability reasons in the first place?
    LH:
    We’re human, so naturally every single individual in the team will have that a little bit at the back of their mind, that nervousness. But as a driver, as an athlete and as a competitor I personally cannot allow that to interfere with my weekend. You go in with the same mentality as the last weekend – hoping for the car to be reliable. You can never predict what’s going to happen but that’s not getting in my way and I’m pretty certain that for the majority of people in the team they’re not letting that get in their way either.

    Q: (Giles Richards – The Guardian) Lewis, you’re one point behind Seb in the world championship. Would it be particularly satisfying if you could retake the lead in front of your home crowd?
    LH:
    Yes, it would be great. Just taking the lead in general, it doesn’t matter where it is, would be good. I think coming into this weekend there’s obviously talk of historic number of wins and all those kind of things. If I’m honest it’s been a really incredible journey since 2007, coming here and just to be riding this positive wave every time you come to this grand prix. I’m really grateful to be in the position to fight for a win here at Silverstone for the sixth time… not many drivers get to do that. So I’m very privileged in that respect. And the support is unlike anywhere else. No driver… you could say that Max is probably getting close, but we don’t have a Dutch Grand Prix. If we did it might get close. But the atmosphere here is just incredible throughout this weekend, particularly when the weather is good. The hope is always that you can deliver, arrive in good form and perform and that’s what I’m going to try and do.

    Q: (Rebecca Clancy – The Times) Lewis, it’s only been four days since Austria. The race wasn’t, I think it’s fair to say, wasn’t a great one for Mercedes. Is four days enough? Is the car reliable again? Have the problems been fixed? For yourself, it sounded like on the radio you were becoming increasingly frustrated. Have you moved on and you just reset and you go again for your home race?
    LH:
    Yeah, I felt OK after the race. I think you probably could see that after. I think ultimately I look at is as a positive. It reminds me how passionate I am. Everyone in the team felt the same thing. We really do win and lose as a team. As I said, what’s really happened over the last few days, with the team reuniting, and seeing the guys here, just how energized everyone is, we’re like ‘we’re back’. Just that confidence, that will to win is still there. There are fixes for everything and the guys have worked really hard over these past days and what’s mind-blowing for me is how quick people can react and produce things and I’m just excited to get in the car tomorrow.

    Q: (George Bolton – The Sun) Lewis, you mentioned the World Cup. Are you hoping to give more celebrations to your home nation by having a good weekend too?
    LH:
    Yeah, we always come into this grand prix with some kind of epic sport surrounding it, be it Wimbledon or whatever, so… I was actually going to ask what is the penalty for missing he press conference on Saturday? Is it negotiable? I want to be watching the game so… I had to watch on my phone the other day but at least I got to see it.

    Q: (Alan Baldwin – Reuters) Lewis, there’s been an assumption that you and Valtteri are fighting a Ferrari team whose main focus is Seb. In Austria we saw Kimi finish ahead of Seb, with everyone else lapped. Were you surprised that Seb has in effect missed the chance of getting an extra three points in the battle? I know you gave a place back to Valtteri in the past, but you wouldn’t expect Ferrari to have done that.
    LH:
    Am I surprised? There have been scenarios this year, at least one or two, where I though they would have reversed the cars, because that’s the philosophy they’ve had. If I’m really honest I’ve not really put any thought into it. I don’t really care. They do what they do. I literally put all of my focus on what we do and make sure that we remain correct and we deliver 100%. And I truly believe that if we do that we will outperform the others. So that’s what I put my energy towards.

    Q: (Craig Slater – Sky Sports News) One last one on the World Cup for you, Lewis. Is it coming home, do you think? A big psychological barrier crossed by winning a penalty shoot-out; you know how much psychology plays a part in top level sport?
    LH:
    I can only imagine the boys are definitely on a high at the moment, and they just need to continue to try to… I hope they’re sleeping well, I hope they’re eating well because that’s a large part of it and ultimately just going out there and they’ve got to go and enjoy themselves. There’s so much pressure on them, obviously, being that it is the World Cup but there’s so much support for them. England is just known as… they’re such excited fans. There’s so much passion in England for sport, that’s why you’ve experienced it here, you see it at the stadiums, particularly in football and even myself, watching just the other day, I don’t watch enough football. I played it as a kid and I was massively passionate as a kid and I used to collect all the stickers and stamps, magazines, books that they used to do etc and I used to remember playing with Ashley [Young] at school but just watching on the edge of your seat, the passion is crazy for everyone that’s watching their country play. It’s like it’s in your DNA, it’s crazy and it’s so exciting. I’ve booked my day off… is it next Sunday? I think it’s next Sunday. Yeah, I’ve booked that day off, like keep it free because I wanna be in Russia for that day, supporting them.
     
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    Mercedes 1-2 in Opening Free Practice
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    Lewis Hamilton impressed the home faithful with quickest time in opening practice for the British Grand Prix this morning.

    Mercedes flew out of the gates this morning at a Silverstone circuit baking under 30 degree sunshine, Lewis Hamilton making a perfect start to his pursuit of a fifth consecutive British Grand Prix victory with a relatively easy fastest time, both Silver Arrows looking well planted on a circuit renowned for its dependency on downforce efficiency and outright engine power.

    With Hamilton topping out in front of team mate Valtteri Bottas, it would once again be down to Ferrari #1 Sebastian Vettel to hang on to the Mercedes coattails in third, a worrying half second down on Hamilton but still a comfortable tenth and a half ahead of the quickest Red Bull, Danial Ricciardo slotting in front of Kimi Räikkönen and Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen in a difficult sixth fastest time.

    Behind the top three teams would once again be Romain Grosjean in the Haas Ferrari, the under pressure Frenchman having a mixed bag of a day blotted by a sizeable accident heading into Copse corner, causing enough damage to prevent any further Friday running for a team and driver desperately looking for a positive and trouble-free weekend at Silverstone.

    Other headlines would be a very competitive result for Williams, the Martini backed team showing more pace that has been the case in recent months with Lance Stroll slotting in an impressive time for 10th overall, a very welcome relief to a team looking at potentially the worst season in a long and illustrious history of Formula One competition.

    With the hot weather baking the Silverstone crowd in the grandstands, the action on track would be no less cool, several drivers having off track incidents, most notable of which would be a grass cutting moment for Kimi Räikkönen at Brooklands and Sergey Sirotkin in the second Williams.

    Provisional FP1 Results:
    1. Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:27.487 24
    2. Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:27.854 +0.367s 27
    3. Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:27.998 +0.511s 22
    4. Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:28.144 +0.657s 30
    5. Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:28.218 +0.731s 24
    6. Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:28.325 +0.838s 24
    7. Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 1:29.352 +1.865s 12
    8. Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 1:29.812 +2.325s 23
    9. Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 1:29.815 +2.328s 24
    10. Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 1:29.878 +2.391s 25
    11. Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 1:29.942 +2.455s 25
    12. Pierre Gasly GAS Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.004 +2.517s 31
    13. Charles Leclerc LEC Sauber Ferrari 1:30.027 +2.540s 27
    14. Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 1:30.065 +2.578s 20
    15. Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Renault 1:30.322 +2.835s 19
    16. Carlos Sainz SAI Renault 1:30.358 +2.871s 22
    17. Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Renault 1:30.416 +2.929s 25
    18. Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:30.701 +3.214s 18
    19. Brendon Hartley HAR Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.749 +3.262s 31
    20. Sergey Sirotkin SIR Williams Mercedes 1:31.017 +3.530s 22
     
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    Ferrari Quickest as Verstappen Hits the Wall
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    Sebastian Vettel takes fastest time in FP2 as Max Verstappen finds himself backwards into the wall at Luffield.

    Surprise! After a less than impressive start to the weekend this morning, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel wound up the pressure on Mercedes with a very rapid time in Free Practice Two, ending up topping out the times on a circuit many expected to be a walk in the park for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton in front of his home crowd.

    With Ferrari having a good afternoon of running, it would be a very different tale further down the field at Red Bull, Max Verstappen having a bit of a nightmare as the Dutchman looped his car into the barriers very early into the session, bringing out a temporary red flag as the ever efficient British marshals recovered the stricken Red Bull machine.

    Sadly for Verstappen the damage would prove too great to repair before the session came to a close, the mood at Red Bull would be improved however following the conclusion of FP2 as the team confirm the car should be repaired in time for FP3 and qualifying, once Formula One action resumes again tomorrow.

    McLaren, now minus former employee Eric Boullier, would have a much better second session thanks to Fernando Alonso, the Renault powered orange car performing much more strongly in the afternoon for accolade of 'best of the rest' in sixth overall, the Spaniard having a reasonably trouble free hour and a half of running to give some hope to McLaren for a strong weekend in front of their home fans. Behind Alonso would once again be the two Force India drivers and a much improved Renault of Nico Hulkenberg, with Charles Leclerc again out performing his car for tenth overall - yet more proof if any would be needed why Ferrari appear so keen to secure the signature of this talented young rookie for next season.

    Provisional FP2 Results:
    1. Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:27.552 36
    2. Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:27.739 +0.187s 32
    3. Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:27.909 +0.357s 30
    4. Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:28.045 +0.493s 34
    5. Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:28.408 +0.856s 31
    6. Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Renault 1:29.306 +1.754s 31
    7. Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:29.354 +1.802s 35
    8. Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 1:29.467 +1.915s 33
    9. Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 1:29.522 +1.970s 32
    10. Charles Leclerc LEC Sauber Ferrari 1:29.557 +2.005s 30
    11. Carlos Sainz SAI Renault 1:29.563 +2.011s 36
    12. Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 1:29.617 +2.065s 33
    13. Pierre Gasly GAS Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:29.831 +2.279s 16
    14. Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 1:30.046 +2.494s 32
    15. Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 1:30.069 +2.517s 34
    16. Sergey Sirotkin SIR Williams Mercedes 1:30.103 +2.551s 36
    17. Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Renault 1:30.121 +2.569s 31
    18. Brendon Hartley HAR Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.404 +2.852s 36
    19. Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 2
     
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    Hamilton Returns to Form as Ferrari Keep Watching Brief
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    Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes back on top in FP3, however Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari keep up the pressure with a close second place.

    The sun continues to shine over Northamptonshire as the Formula One circus take to the circuit once again in third practice for the British Grand Prix. Plenty of running would take place during the morning practice ahead of qualifying this afternoon, ending the sixty-minute session with yet another fastest time for home favourite Lewis Hamilton - the British 4-time World Champion will have to keep an eye out however for a surprisingly in-form Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen this time taking up the fight in fine style to Hamilton’s Silver Arrow.

    With the front four positions unsurprisingly filled by Mercedes and Ferrari, best of the rest would once again fall to the Red Bull team, Max Verstappen recovering from his FP2 indiscretion to pip team mate Daniel Ricciardo into fifth position, the two Red Bulls some 1.2 seconds down on the top of the field in what has already been described as a potentially difficult weekend for the squad here at Silverstone.

    Taking the award for most impressive performance once again would be young Charles Leclerc, the Sauber driver looking on form all session to post a time good enough for seventh overall, pipping the similarly powered Haas cars of Magnussen and Grosjean in eighth and ninth places respectively.

    Marcus Ericsson would provide more cheer for Sauber with a very respectable tenth fastest time, the Swede having one of his more convincing sessions in a year where he finds himself well and truly outshone by his star rookie teammate.

    It would be a bad day for Brendon Hartley and Toro Rosso, the Kiwi losing a wheel on one of the fastest parts of the circuit and careering into the barriers at high speed, ending running for the day and adding yet more pressure on the driver as he continues to fight for his Formula One future.

    Provisional FP3 Results:

    1. Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:26.722 15
    2. Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:26.815 +0.093s 14
    3. Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:27.364 +0.642s 17
    4. Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:27.851 +1.129s 8
    5. Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:28.012 +1.290s 22
    6. Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:28.018 +1.296s 15
    7. Charles Leclerc LEC Sauber Ferrari 1:28.146 +1.424s 18
    8. Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 1:28.418 +1.696s 16
    9. Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 1:28.554 +1.832s 18
    10. Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 1:28.814 +2.092s 17
    11. Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 1:28.917 +2.195s 14
    12. Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 1:29.066 +2.344s 15
    13. Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Renault 1:29.070 +2.348s 17
    14. Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:29.094 +2.372s 12
    15. Carlos Sainz SAI Renault 1:29.133 +2.411s 15
    16. Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 1:29.829 +3.107s 13
    17. Sergey Sirotkin SIR Williams Mercedes 1:29.984 +3.262s 17
    18. Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Renault 1:30.004 +3.282s 17
    19. Pierre Gasly GAS Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.050 +3.328s 4
    20. Brendon Hartley HAR Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 3
     
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    QUALIFYING REPORT

    British Crowds Go Ballistic as Hamilton Secures 6th British Grand Prix Pole Position
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    Lewis Hamilton snuck in a last gasp Pole Position lap in a tight and tense British Grand Prix qualifying session this afternoon.

    Hamilton would prove to be the class of the field once again at Silverstone this afternoon, making the most of his Mercedes to lap the circuit in a new record 1:25.892 laptime, enough to just edge out Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel by 0.04 seconds, a time near matched by the second Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen, the Finn disappointed with his third place on a weekend where Räikkönen hoped to be able to challenge for the front row of the grid.

    Further down the order would again be a slightly off the pace Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes, followed closely by Max Verstappen and Danial Ricciardo in a hobbled Red Bull, the Australian struggling with a system bug preventing the opening of his DRS flap, potentially costing the second Red Bull driver upwards of three tenths of a second of overall laptime.

    Haas again showed excellent pace to get both cars into the top ten, Magnussen leading home Grosjean for seventh and eighth places, with the incredible Charles Leclerc beating Esteban Ocon's Force India to round out the top ten finishes.

    Williams would fall back to earth with a bang after a reasonably competitive time in practice, Canadian Lance Stroll beaching the car early to bring out the red flags whilst team mate Sergey Sirotkin limped the other Williams round for an uncompetitive 18th overall...

    Provisional Qualifying Results:
    1. Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:26.818 1:26.256 1:25.892 16
    2. Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:26.585 1:26.372 1:25.936 17
    3. Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:27.549 1:26.483 1:25.990 17
    4. Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:27.025 1:26.413 1:26.217 15
    5. Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:27.309 1:27.013 1:26.602 14
    6. Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:27.979 1:27.369 1:27.099 14
    7. Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 1:28.143 1:27.730 1:27.244 19
    8. Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 1:28.086 1:27.522 1:27.455 20
    9. Charles Leclerc LEC Sauber Ferrari 1:27.962 1:27.790 1:27.879 19
    10. Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 1:28.279 1:27.843 1:28.194 20
    11. Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:28.017 1:27.901 12
    12. Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 1:28.210 1:27.928 14
    13. Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Renault 1:28.187 1:28.139 12
    14. Pierre Gasly GAS Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:28.399 1:28.343 15
    15. Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 1:28.249 1:28.391 16
    16. Carlos Sainz SAI Renault 1:28.456 8
    17. Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Renault 1:29.096 9
    18. Sergey Sirotkin SIR Williams Mercedes 1:29.252 7
    19. Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes DNF 2

    Q1 107% time - 1:32.645

    Note - Hartley didn't take part in qualifying after crash in FP3.
     
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    RACE REPORT
    Hamilton Gives His All in British Grand Prix Fightback
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    Lewis Hamilton didn’t have the start to the British Grand Prix he hoped, however the Mercedes driver gave his all in a thrilling fightback at Silverstone.

    Following a slow start off the line that left Lewis Hamilton checking his mirrors for attacks from behind, the Mercedes man found himself assaulted from the rear by Ferrari #2 Kimi Raikkonen, dropping the British star to the rear of the field and beginning what was a tremendous fightback from the six-time British Grand Prix race winner.

    Hamilton would complain of damage to his car following the contact, something that wasn’t particularly evident with the stunning pace displayed by the silver #44 in the following laps, enough to bring Hamilton back into contention for a solid result in front of his home fans as he bravely pushed through the field in impressive fashion.

    With Hamilton in strife down the field, Ferrari and Vettel would be able to push the pace at the head of the pack as the German looked to build an advantage over the second Mercedes car, something that would be instantly wiped out thanks to an extended safety car period following a sizeable accident for Marcus Ericsson, the Swede crashing at the same place as Romain Grosjean in Free Practice, with similar results as the Sauber embedded itself into the trackside barriers.

    With the race really coming alive following the safety car period a fantastic battle ensued, drivers running different compound and tyre life cycles producing some excellent racing, not least of which would be an intense fight between Raikkonen and Verstappen just prior to yet another safety car period, this time thanks to contact between Carlos Sainz and the luckless Romain Grosjean, both cars coming together at Copse corner and into retirement… Sainz trying a brave move around the outside of the fast corner before squeezing Grosjean and causing what could have been a sizeable accident at one of the fastest corners on the track.

    Proving the old saying that safety cars breeding safety cars, the race would be held for a number of laps whilst the debris were cleared by the trackside marshals, before restarting on lap 41 headed by freshly booted Bottas from Vettel, Hamilton just behind the top two in his older shod Mercedes car.

    Vettel would be in fighting mood once the race eventually started again, trying several attempts at passing Bottas for the race lead and producing some wonderful action out on the circuit in the final laps.

    With the front four practically nose to tail it would be Red Bull in fifth and sixth the first to blink, with Verstappen spinning just before Vettel pulled an exceptional move on Bottas for the lead on lap 47, Vettel leading with Verstappen dropping outside the points as he limped around the circuit and into retirement.

    Bottas would prove a broken man following losing the lead, quickly dropping behind team mate Hamilton to lose second and coming under increasing pressure from Raikkonen for the final podium place, the Finnish duo fighting out the last few laps until eventually crossing the line with advantage to Raikkonen, the Ferrari taking third overall and Ricciardo just failing to wrestle fourth from the now struggling Mercedes.

    Hulkenberg would secure a fine if slightly quiet sixth for Renault, Ocon seventh in the Force India, Magnussen eighth for Haas, Alonso recovering an unlikely ninth and tenth going the way of Pierre Gasly following some robust overtaking on the Force India of Sergio Perez in the final laps.

    A great race.

    Provisional Race Results:
     
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    I reckon Mclaren and Williams are going to have a hard time at their home GP.
     
  9. muzikant

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    Hamilton Merc.. after a difficult weekend on the Redbull ring. The fight back.. my monney on Hamilton. But I hope Redbull have a good car for this power track
     
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    Hard to imagine that Hamilton will take anything less than P1.
     
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    Oooh Grosjean!
     
  12. BrainsBush

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    Because of a hobbly wobbly piece of track he apperently forgot to push the DRS button to disable DRS.
     
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    Again tires Will be importend, it's a hot weather weekend.
     
  14. Appie Kuipers

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    Max crashes with hard tires, no grip it seems. Just waiting for KETO:laugh::cautious::thumbsup:
     
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    So GRO VER will not show up during FP2....

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    ....Ferrari looks great, they are consistancy improving during FP ... Maybe they could really fight with Mercedes, that would be great
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  17. Glaurung

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    Please anyone could explain the role of Hartley as F1 driver?
     
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    to prove it's a dificult world^^ ...and show Gasly'skill
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    Watching FP1 and wondering if they've coated the curbs with Crisco! :roflmao:
     
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    At Club they will put extra curbs tonight to prevent exceeding track limits.
     
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