Hamilton to ‘move on’ after Raikkonen apology for Silverstone clash
Lewis Hamilton says he has accepted an apology from Kimi Raikkonen for their first-lap clash in last weekend’s British Grand Prix and wants to "move on" from the incident.
Hamilton was spun around by the Ferrari driver at Turn 3 at Silverstone, which dropped him to 18th and necessitated a charge through the order to finish second.
The collision sparked huge scrutiny over the Ferrari vs Mercedes 2018 fight as it came just two races after Raikkonen’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel wiped out the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in France.
Hamilton hinted at "interesting tactics" from Ferrari post-race but took to Instagram on Monday to say: "Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on.
"It was a racing incident and nothing more.
"Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it".
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said after the race that he was "not comfortable at all with the incident because it’s tiresome being taken out in the first lap".
He had earlier told Sky Sports F1 that Mercedes technical director James Allison had asked "do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?" during the race.
That Allison remark was then put to Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene, who told Italian TV that he hoped it was a joke or he would otherwise be extremely displeased.
But it is believed that Allison’s comment was made in jest, and has not caused a serious problem between the two teams.
Wolff even clarified his initial remark later on Sunday when speaking to Polish TV channel Eleven Sports.
"I said you need to question whether it was incompetence or deliberate – a stupid comment of mine in the emotion," he said.
"But it was just a stupid manoeuvre and a stupid manoeuvre that happened a second time in three races – that’s why [I had] the emotion."
Hamilton used his Instagram account post-race to address his absence from the immediate interviews before the podium ceremony.
Claiming he had lost "nearly 3kg" in his recovery drive, Hamilton said he "barely had any energy at the end to stand, let alone talk".
"If you can’t understand and appreciate that then I fully understand," he added.
"[It] was nothing to do with anger, [I was] literally just exhausted both physically and emotionally."
Kimi Raikkonen ‘just messed up’ in Lewis Hamilton collision – Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg says it is obvious there was nothing deliberate about Kimi Raikkonen’s clash with Lewis Hamilton at the start of the British Grand Prix.
While comments from Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes made in the heat of the moment after the Silverstone race stirred up the idea that the first lap collision could have been on purpose, 2016 Formula 1 world champion Rosberg thinks the incident was simply down to Raikkonen messing up.
Rosberg says that the fact that Ferrari did not impose team orders in Austria to drop Raikkonen behind Vettel was a clear sign that the Finn is not out there just to help his team-mate to the title.
Speaking about the incident on his YouTube channel, Rosberg said: "The answer is pretty simple. 100% not on purpose.
"We also saw that in Austria because even there, Kimi is not driving for Sebastian.
"In Austria, Kimi was second and Sebastian third and there was no letting Sebastian past at all. They didn’t even consider that.
"Kimi is driving for his own thing. Kimi was out there and just completely messed it up, braked way too late, locked up and torpedoed into Lewis.
"It is unusual for Kimi because usually those kind of things don’t happen to him. So a bit strange.
"But definitely not on purpose, and well deserved to get a 10-second penalty and two [licence penalty] points."
Despite Hamilton making insinuations about Ferrari’s "interesting tactics" on the podium after the British GP, he clarified on Monday that he accepted Raikkonen’s apology.
"Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on," he wrote on Instagram. "It was a racing incident and nothing more.
"Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it."
Q: Eight point lead in the championship over Lewis, who I will try to find. Where is he? I’ll go to Kimi first. Kimi, you had a few adventures to be on the podium again.
Kimi Raikkonen: Yeah, obviously in the third corner I locked the wheel and I was behind the cars, so I ended up hitting Lewis in the rear corner, I oversteered, he spun, my bad, but that’s how it goes sometimes. It was not a straightforward race.
Q: You thought the 10-second penalty was fair enough?
KR: It was my mistake, so that’s fine. I deserve it and took the 10 seconds and kept fighting. That’s how it goes.
Q: You had countless wheel-to-wheel fights, Red Bull, with others. You must be satisfied with how aggressive you were in the race and how it paid off for you?
KR: Yeah, for sure, without the mistakes and the 10-second penalty it would have been better, but I tried. Obviously my view is that I did the best that I could do but obviously there seems to be some awfully opposite looks on what I’m doing, unfortunately, so we’ll see.
Q: (Flavio Vanetti – Corriere della Sera) To both Ferrari drivers, can we say that the car has passed the toughest examination, as Silverstone has been the favourable circuit for a long time.
KR: I don’t think Silverstone is any more difficult than other circuits. They’re all tricky and obviously it depends on the layouts and stuff, that they need some special things from the car – but they’re all hard and difficult to make work. I think, maybe in people’s eyes yes – but I don’t think it changes anything
Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action & Speed Sport) Kimi, tell us about those last few laps. You were charging and passing and really moving up.
KR: Yeah, obviously, the beginning was far from ideal. I locked a wheel and hit Lewis on the rear-right corner. Then we served the penalty and it was tricky with Red Bull for whatever reason. Every time we got close to them or behind them it seems to be very difficult to follow them, seems to be just different than any other car. We had some fights with them at the beginning of the race and at the end and managed to finally get past them. I think the Mercedes was somehow more easy to follow. Must less effect on my car. We got a pretty decent run out of Three every lap, got the momentum and managed to pass. So, it was OK but obviously but far from ideal. That’s how it goes.
Q: (Ben Hunt – The Sun) Ferrari drivers, would you like to reply? Are you using interesting tactics? Is it your mindset to go out and take one of the Mercedes drivers out or is it just unlucky?
SV: Well, things can happen but I think it’s quite silly to think that anything that happened was deliberate, at least, I would struggle to be that precise, you know, to take somebody out. In France, I lost my wing so I screwed my race. I think it’s easy to obviously attack and have a great move and also easy to have an incident. I don’t think… I mean, I only saw it briefly on the monitor, I don’t think there was any intention and I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there.
KR: Things happen sometimes. Funnily enough you start blaming us that we did it purposefully but he locked a wheel and unfortunately we touched and both paid the price for it and that’s how it goes sometimes. It’s easy to say after the couple of races that we’re suddenly doing something against them but we’ve been hit very many times ourselves so that’s how it goes unfortunately.
Raikkonen: I deserved penalty for Hamilton British GP start contact
Kimi Raikkonen said he deserved the penalty he received for colliding with Lewis Hamilton at the start of the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton dropped to the back of the field after Raikkonen locked up and slid into his right-rear corner at Village, the first braking zone of the lap.
Raikkonen was given a 10-second penalty for the collision, which prompted suspicion from Mercedes, with Hamilton referring to "interesting tactics" from Ferrari and senior Mercedes figures suggesting it was "deliberate or incompetence", following Sebastian Vettel’s recent collision with Valtteri Bottas at the start of the French Grand Prix.
The Finn recovered from serving the penalty at his first pitstop to finish third at Silverstone, passing countryman Valtteri Bottas late on to claim the final step on the podium.
When asked in parc ferme after the race if the penalty was fair, Raikkonen said: "Yeah it was my mistake. That’s fine.
"I deserve it and I took the 10 seconds and kept fighting. That’s how it goes.
"Obviously on the third corner I locked a wheel and ended up hitting Lewis in the rear corner and he spun.
"My bad, that is how it goes sometimes. It was not a straightforward race."
Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix in thrilling dash to the finish
Sebastian Vettel passed Valtteri Bottas late on to win a thrilling British Grand Prix in which Lewis Hamilton charged back to second after being spun around on the opening lap.
Mercedes used a safety car to get Bottas ahead of early race leader Vettel but the Ferrari driver used fresher, softer tyres to steal the victory with a superb move five laps from the end of the race.
Hamilton then nailed team-mate Bottas at the same spot a lap later to seal second and Kimi Raikkonen made it a hat-trick of late passes at Brooklands to demote his countryman from the podium entirely.
Hamilton dropped to the tail of the field at the start after Raikkonen locked his right-front tyre at the tight Turn 3 right-hander at Village, ran wide and clouted the Mercedes.
Raikkonen continued behind both Red Bulls but was handed a 10-second penalty, which would negate his on-track pass of Daniel Ricciardo into Copse, while Hamilton resumed in 17th.
Vettel had already assumed the lead after jumping Hamilton off the line and built a commanding lead in the first part of the opening stint, opening up a six-second gap over Bottas.
Hamilton charged back into the points by lap six and was into sixth four laps later, by which time he was already more than a pitstop behind the race leaders.
Bottas began to chip away at Vettel as the Ferrari struggled with its tyres and the lead was down to 4.8s when Vettel stopped on lap 20.
Bottas pitted a lap later and Mercedes got Hamilton to release him with a cleanly-orchestrated position-swap at Brooklands the following lap, and the Finn started to nibble further into Vettel’s lead.
He had brought it down to 2.4s when Marcus Ericsson lost the rear of his car when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres.
That triggered a safety car on lap 32 of 52 and Ferrari reacted by pitting Vettel but Mercedes told Bottas to stay out and claim track position.
Behind, Hamilton moved up to third as Max Verstappen and Raikkonen pit, with Ricciardo staying in sixth as the safety car was called just after he had made a second stop and handed track position to Raikkonen.
Bottas gunned the throttle at the end of the Hangar Straight on lap 37 and kept Vettel at bay, as Raikkonen and Verstappen engaged in a fierce fight that went the way of the Red Bull.
The race was neutralised again moments later for an accident at Copse between Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean, when Sainz attacked on the outside but Grosjean suffered a wobble at the apex.
Both flew off-track and into retirement, with Grosjean ending a miserable race that started with him dropping out of the points on the opening lap thanks to a collision with team-mate Kevin Magnussen.
The safety car’s second appearance lasted three laps, setting up an 11-lap sprint at the end.
Bottas resisted Vettel again at the restart before coming under attack into the Brooklands left-hander at the end of the Wellington Straight three laps in row.
He held on until lap 47, when Vettel took advantage of a slight wobble from Bottas exiting The Loop onto the Wellington Straight and drafted him towards Brooklands before diving inside very late as Bottas failed to cover the inside line.
That released Vettel into a lead he would hold to the end, while Hamilton forced his way inside Bottas at Brooklands a lap later.
Raikkonen cleared Verstappen before the Dutchman retired with a long-standing brake-by-wire problem then blew past Bottas for third on the outside into Brooklands using DRS.
Bottas managed to keep Ricciardo at bay to finish fourth, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth for Renault after taking advantage of the messy first lap to jump five places, and he held that best-of-the-rest slot to the end.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon was a quiet but excellent seventh, as Fernando Alonso bested Magnussen in a fiery late fight to finish eighth.
Pierre Gasly claimed the final point in 10th for Toro Rosso and Honda.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||52||9.500s|
|7||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||52||29.930s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||52||34.708s|
|13||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||52||39.129s|
|15||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||46||Not running|
|–||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||31||Spun off|
|–||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1||Power Unit|
“Nel mio ultimo run in Q3” ha detto Kimi “ho bloccato leggermente le ruote anteriori nella penultima curva e ho perso tempo. E’ difficile mettere insieme il giro perfetto; di certo si può sempre migliorare, ma questo è il risultato ottenuto oggi. Finora la macchina è andata bene, e non abbiamo avuto problemi di assetto o altro. Speriamo che domani vada anche meglio. La terza posizione non è il massimo, ma non è neanche un brutto risultato. E’ impossibile sapere se le alte temperature ci aiuteranno; ieri abbiamo fatto dei long run e ci siamo fatti un’idea, ma domenica è un’altra storia e le condizioni potrebbero essere leggermente diverse. Sarà una gara lunga e difficile per gli pneumatici. Cercheremo di fare una buona partenza per poi prendere le giuste decisioni”.
Q: Well done. Kimi Räikkönen, it’s the seventh day of the seventh month and you put car number seven in third place. Are you satisfied with that?
Kimi Raikkonen: Not really. I think I had all the tools today to be faster but I locked the front wheel into 16 a bit on the last lap and for sure gave away enough time to be in front but that’s how it goes.
Q: You told me two days ago that you’re driving as well as ever, do you still think you have a chance of victory tomorrow?
KR: Yeah, I think I’ve got a good car and my car should be good tomorrow. Obviously it’s hot and it will not be an easy race with the tyres, so I think we might see a few different things happening there, but we’re aiming for the top for sure.
Q: Kimi, you set the fastest first sector there in Q3. Can you just talk us through the rest of your lap, because you were less than one tenth of a second behind Lewis as well?
KR: Yeah, I think we had first and last sector but in the middle obviously I think I had a small moment on the first try, the first set, into Turn 7, so I took it a bit easier. I was still gaining but I’m sure there were places to gain a tenth easily but obviously it didn’t happen today, so this is what we got. It was close but third is not too bad.
Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action & Speedsport) We have a bumpy track, hot weather, extra downforce this year; will this maybe be one of the toughest or the toughest British Grand Prix ever for you guys?
KR: In which way? I don’t think it’s any different. Obviously there’s a big difference in the speed in the race, especially at the beginning of the race to qualifying. I think in the past the circuit layout was different but you could do qualifying laps every lap because you had refuelling and all these things. I think it’s less bumpy, it’s just smaller bumps; last year there were bigger bumps here and there.
Q: Kimi, do you expect to be more competitive tomorrow?
KR: Than today? Impossible to say, hopefully it’s a close fight, not easy to overtake as always but we will see what we can do and so far it’s been OK.
Q: (Luis Vasconcelos – Formula Press) Kimi, in Austria you had the best start among the front runners, it’s quite a difficult track to overtake here. Are you prepared to take a bit more risk than you did in Zeltweg to try and get to the front at the start?
KR: For me? If I didn’t take risks last time then maybe. I don’t plan to do anything different. Obviously we try to make a good start as well as we can but there are things that you will never be able to plan, you do it what you think the right outcome might be different that you expect but that’s how it goes sometimes. Try to make a good start and go from there, see what we can come up with.
Lewis Hamilton beats Ferraris in tight British GP F1 qualifying
Lewis Hamilton pipped Formula 1 world championship rival Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the British Grand Prix by 0.044s.
Vettel had the edge after the first runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout by 57 thousandths of a second, but Hamilton turned the tables on the second runs.
With the soft-compound Pirellis the tyre of choice through qualifying, Hamilton outpaced Vettel in the first and second sectors on the final run.
This meant Vettel’s flying final sector was not enough to reclaim top spot and left the Ferrari driver second on the grid.
Vettel missed his qualifying simulation during the morning practice session with a neck problem, and admitted after his run that he wasn’t sure he was going to run in qualifying.
Vettel’s team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen, qualified third and just 0.098s off the pace in his Ferrari after finding a three-tenths improvement on his second run despite a lockup into the Turn 16 left-hander.
This followed complaining of losing his quickshift on his first run, and put him ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.
Max Verstappen was fifth fastest for Red Bull, half-a-second faster than team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
The Australian did not have the use of the DRS on his first run, which team principal Christian Horner attributed to a glitch with the system the governs when it can and cannot be used.
The problem wasn’t solved on his second run, although he was told he had manual use of the DRS provided he only activated it in the permitted zones.
Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean gave Haas best-of-the-rest honours in qualifying for the second consecutive race by locking out the fourth row.
Sauber driver Charles Leclerc qualified ninth, three-tenths faster than Force India’s Esteban Ocon.
Nico Hulkenberg was 11th and quickest of those who didn’t reach Q3 after lapping 0.058s behind Ocon.
With very few time improvements made on the second runs in Q2, that put Force India’s Sergio Perez in 12th ahead of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso.
Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly was the only one of the dropzone contenders to find time on his second run, declaring himself happy he got the maximum out of the car.
This was enough to elevate him to 14th ahead of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, who had a relatively slow run through the final sector on his quickest lap.
Carlos Sainz Jr was fastest of those eliminated in Q1 when he was bumped to 16th by Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg’s late improvement and said he lost time owing to Magnussen locking up ahead of him into Turn 3.
That put him ahead of the second McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne, who shed a piece of bodywork when he hit the inside kerb at Brooklands on his first run and ended up 0.640s slower after his second attempt.
Vandoorne complained about something fundamental being wrong with the car and things not feeling right during both the morning practice session and qualifying.
Sergey Sirotkin was 18th after a spin into the gravel at Stowe on his first run, although he was able to recover and post a time on his second attempt.
Lance Stroll ended up 19th but did not set a time after spinning into the gravel at the Brooklands left-hander on his first flying lap – admitting he was "shocked" by the suddenness of the rear end snapping away.
As Stroll was unable to dig himself out of the gravel, he was forced to switch the car off and triggered a six-minute red flag while his Williams was recovered.
Brendon Hartley was unable to participate in qualifying thanks to damage sustained when he crashed at Brooklands during the morning’s practice session.
This was caused by a front-left suspension failure, and the team must rebuild his car around a spare monocoque ahead of tomorrow’s race for him to start from the pitlane.
British GP grid
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m26.602s||0.710s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m27.099s||1.207s|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.194s||2.302s|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m27.928s||2.036s|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m28.343s||2.451s|
|20||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||–||–|
British GP F1 practice: Hamilton tops FP3, huge crash for Hartley
Lewis Hamilton won a seesaw battle with Kimi Raikkonen to be fastest in final Formula 1 British Grand Prix practice, in a session interrupted by a huge Brendon Hartley crash.
Ferrari had set the early pace in FP3 at Silverstone, with Raikkonen producing two laps inside 1m28s to hit the front, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel was not within half a second before the red flags flew for Hartley’s accident.
The Toro Rosso driver crashed heavily at Brooklands after front left suspension failure pitched him into a spin. The front wheel appeared to collapse as he braked for the corner.
Hartley was taken to the medical centre for checks but later given the all-clear.
Toro Rosso mechanics performed checks at the front of team-mate Pierre Gasly’s car in the aftermath of the shunt, as the session was delayed by 15 minutes while marshals retrieved Hartley’s wrecked car. Gasly did not return to the track after Hartley’s crash.
After that delay, Vettel returned to the track and closed to within 0.144 seconds of Raikkonen, before Hamilton took a turn to hit the front.
The reigning world champion initially split the two Ferraris in his Mercedes, before improving to a 1m27.442s best to lead Raikkonen by 0.165s.
Raikkonen dug deeper on his next run, producing a 1m27.199s lap to wrestle top spot back from Hamilton with just under 15 minutes of the hour remaining.
After a scrappy early run that left him only fourth, Valtteri Bottas then squeaked ahead of Hamilton to go second quickest, before Raikkonen again stamped his authority on the session with a lap half a second quicker than anything Mercedes had managed up to that point.
Hamilton regrouped and had another stab with 10 minutes remaining, setting the quickest time of all in the first and second sectors and stealing the top spot back from Raikkonen by just under a tenth of a second.
Bottas finished up third fastest in the second Mercedes, more than half a second down on Raikkonen, while FP2 pacesetter Vettel was only fourth.
The championship leader did not attempt a second set of runs, with Ferrari tweeting Vettel had a "nuisance on his neck".
The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top six, but only after an unexpected challenge from the Sauber of star rookie Charles Leclerc.
Verstappen’s early run was scrappy, while Ricciardo spent time running on the medium tyre.
When both returned to serious action on the soft tyre later on they were eventually split by just 0.006s and finished up not much more than a tenth faster than Leclerc’s Sauber.
The second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson rounded out the top 10, beaten by late improvements from Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, who finished the session eighth and ninth for Haas.
The Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez were 11th and 12th, while Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, fitted with a new engine and MGU-H ahead of the session, was 13th without running the softest tyre.
Team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne conducted a constant-speed aero test at the start of the session, with flo-vis paint on the halo of his car, as McLaren continues to investigate the aero losses it has suffered with its 2018 design.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m28.012s||1.290s||22|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m28.018s||1.296s||15|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.917s||2.195s||14|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.066s||2.344s||15|
|19||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m30.050s||3.328s||4|
|20||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||–||–||3|
British GP F1 practice: Vettel fastest in FP2, Verstappen crashes
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel topped the second Formula 1 free practice session ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, while Max Verstappen crashed his Red Bull early on.
Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen topped the early stages of the session with a lap of 1m28.591s using the medium-compound Pirellis.
That was before Verstappen’s session came to an end on only his first flying lap of the session.
The rear of his Red Bull broke away exiting the long, slow Luffield right-hander and, in correcting it, the car snapped the other way and spun to the left.
Verstappen hit the wall with his right-rear corner, so was unable to participate in the rest of the session and ended up classified 19th ahead only of Romain Grosjean, who did not run thanks to a monocoque change caused by his FP1 crash.
After the restart following a nine-minute red flag, Hamilton slotted into second place on medium tyres with a lap of 1m28.676s completed 36 minutes into the 90-minute session.
By that time, Raikkonen had already bolted on softs and was gearing up for his performance run, posting first a 1m28.525s and, on his second quick lap, a 1m28.045s to consolidate top spot.
Vettel then banged in his quick lap, a 1m27.552s to go fastest – half-a-second quicker than Raikkonen.
Valtteri Bottas was the first of the Mercedes drivers to set a time on soft rubber, setting a 1m27.909s just after the halfway point of the session.
Lewis Hamilton did not set his best time on softs until his sixth lap on the tyre, posting a 1m27.739s to secure second – 0.187s behind Vettel.
Raikkonen was shuffled back to fourth by this, ending up ahead of the only Red Bull to post a time – Daniel Ricciardo, who was 0.856s off the pace.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso was best-of-the rest in a strong sixth place, 1.754s behind Vettel.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, half-a-tenth behind Alonso and ahead of Force India duo Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.
Charles Leclerc rounded out the top 10, just 0.006s ahead of Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr – the Sauber driver surviving a spin onto the grass exiting the Brooklands left-hander with 12 minutes remaining.
Pierre Gasly ended the session early with what he said over the radio was a power unit problem, pulling off at The Loop that leads onto the Wellington Straight just before the one-hour mark.
By that time, he had set one quick lap on softs and slotted into 13th between the Haas of Kevin Magnussen and Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber.
Williams pairing Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin were 15th and 16th, ahead of the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne and Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m28.408s||0.856s||31|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.467s||1.915s||33|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.522s||1.970s||32|
|13||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m29.831s||2.279s||16|
|18||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m30.404s||2.852s||36|
|19||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||–||–||2|
British GP F1 practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP1
Lewis Hamilton launched his bid for a fifth-straight British Grand Prix victory by comfortably heading a one-two for the Mercedes Formula 1 team in opening practice at Silverstone.
Hamilton bested team-mate Valtteri Bottas by almost four-tenths of a second, with Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel Mercedes’ closest challenger half a second back from Hamilton.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen set the early pace on medium tyres and was the first driver to dip into the 1m29s, but his session ended a few minutes early with a suspected gearbox problem that forced him to park up on the start/finish straight.
Hamilton broke the 1m29s barrier with a 1m28.908s just after the half-hour mark, which remained the best time until the frontrunners emerged again 20 minutes later on soft tyres.
Bottas went quickest on a 1m28.143s, which Hamilton fell 0.010s short of before Bottas improved further to a 1m27.854s.
Romain Grosjean then neutralised the session with a big crash at Turn 1.
Grosjean lost the rear of his Haas under braking after not deactivating DRS in time, which he blamed on the bumpy corner entry making him miss the button on his steering wheel.
The virtual safety car was activated during the recovery of the VF-18, which meant drivers had just over 20 minutes of green-flag running left.
Hamilton used that to go quickest on a 1m27.487s to establish a commanding advantage at the head of the field as Bottas failed to improve, although Vettel closed the gap to the Finn after dipping into the 1m27s himself.
Daniel Ricciardo was the quickest Red Bull driver and finished fourth-fastest.
He spent the first half of the session on hard tyres but jumped up the order on softs later on, then had a quick trip off-track exiting Luffield with around 20 minutes to go.
Moments later, Kimi Raikkonen spun his Ferrari at Brooklands after getting too greedy over the kerb at the apex.
The Finn ended up fifth quickest, splitting the Red Bulls of Ricciardo and Verstappen.
Verstappen’s problem near the end of the session triggered another VSC as his Red Bull was wheeled through a gap in the pitwall.
Sergio Perez used a final minute of green-lap running to improve to eighth, ahead of his Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon and behind Grosjean, as Lance Stroll completed the top 10 for Williams.
Fernando Alonso replicated Perez’s last-gasp improvement to ensure his late-session recovery ended in 15th.
The McLaren driver spent most of the session without a lap time to his name and went off-track exiting the Maggots/Becketts complex on his first flying lap before reeling off several personal bests.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m28.144s||0.657s||30|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m28.325s||0.838s||24|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.812s||2.325s||23|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.815s||2.328s||24|
|12||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m30.004s||2.517s||31|
|19||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m30.749s||3.262s||31|
“E’ stato un venerdì normale” ha commentato Kimi “Abbiamo provato diverse cose e soluzioni varie e imparato il più possibile. Di certo c’è ancora del lavoro da fare, ma finora le cose stanno andando bene. Il lavoro fatto sull’asfalto lo ha reso leggermente sconnesso in alcuni punti, si avvertono vibrazioni per tutto il tracciato. E’ una sensazione strana, ma alla fine è meglio così rispetto a prima. Questa pista ha molte parti che mi piacciono e il grip è migliorato con il nuovo asfalto. Non so se la nuova zona DRS possa creare opportunità di sorpasso: credo dipenda da quanto possa fare o meno la macchina. Durante le prove ho chiuso il flap; penso sia troppo rischioso mantenerlo aperto e non fa poi una grande differenza nel tempo sul giro. Ora vedremo cosa riusciremo a fare domani”.