My race wasn’t going too bad until a few laps before the end. I suddenly had the problem, my front left tire let go with no warning; the air stayed in the tire but the rubber part, came off. It’s disappointing because without that issue the second place was secured, and we deserved a better result. We had made some changes to the car and they seemed to have improved the feeling. When it’s like this you are confident and you can push; I hope that it will be a similar story in the future races. However, today we were lacking a little bit of speed against our rivals. We did what we could but obviously there’s some work to be done to catch up the Mercedes in places like this. This is definitely not our strongest type of circuit. I’m interested to see what happens in the next race, I guess the Hungarian track should suit our car better.
Ferrari’s Raikkonen, Vettel had no warning of British GP tyre drama
Kimi Raikkonen says "everything felt normal" before the front left tyre on his Ferrari Formula 1 car suddenly failed and cost him second place in the British Grand Prix.
Raikkonen was running a comfortable second to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in the closing stages of the Silverstone F1 race, when a delamination of the front left soft Pirelli on Raikkonen’s Ferrari forced him to make an unscheduled second pitstop.
The problem meant Raikkonen ultimately trailed home third, allowing Valtteri Bottas to complete a one-two result for Mercedes and help Hamilton close to within a point of Sebastian Vettel at the head of the drivers’ championship.
Vettel also suffered a front-left tyre failure, which dropped him from fourth to seventh in the race results, while Red Bull had to bring fourth placed finisher Max Verstappen into the pits for a precautionary stop.
Both Vettel and Verstappen complained about blistering on their front tyres in the second half of the race, but Raikkonen said his rubber failed without warning.
"Everything was going more or less normally," Raikkonen explained. "The gap was fine for us. Two laps from the end, I don’t know what happened – before Turn 6 [Brooklands], under the tunnel, the tyre didn’t explode but the rubber part came off suddenly.
"I don’t think I hit anything, everything felt normal before, luckily I came back.
"I struggled a bit after that because the tyre was flapping around, [but] we managed to get a decent position.
"I was very unlucky and, in a way, lucky, but didn’t want to see the same happen to Seb and then a lap later – I don’t know what happened."
Vettel was holding fourth place behind Bottas when his left front tyre deflated through Brooklands and caused Vettel to run off the track at Luffield.
He tumbled down the order as he limped the Ferrari back to the pits and saw his championship lead almost evaporate completely as he fell outside the top six.
Vettel said the tyre failure also caught him by surprise, despite feeling those vibrations during the second stint.
"I don’t think there’s anyone particularly to blame," he said. "Hindsight is great, with hindsight it is easy, but at the time it felt OK.
"Kimi had similar issues and his tyres were at least five or six laps fresher, so I think it caught us both by surprise."
Raikkonen spent the entire race in fruitless pursuit of Hamilton and said Ferrari simply lacked the pace to challenge Mercedes properly at Silverstone.
"It wasn’t the easiest feeling," Raikkonen added. "We had all weekend a few places that were quite difficult for us and in the race it was similar to Friday.
"I tried to hang on to Lewis, tried to keep the gap, but just didn’t have enough speed. We could have been second, but we have some work to be done.
"We had a decent start, but once we fall behind, we had no real chance to beat them."
Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix while Ferrari hits trouble
Lewis Hamilton produced a dominant drive to win the British Grand Prix and slash Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to a single point after a dramatic finish.
Hamilton led from lights to flag, crossing the line 14 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen completing the podium.
There was late drama as Raikkonen and Vettel suffered front left tyre problems with three and two laps to go respectively, when running second and fourth.
Raikkonen pitted and rejoined to take third with Vettel – who had reported blistering after a big lock-up – falling right back to seventh as he had to drive further on his wrecked tyre.
It was Hamilton’s fourth victory of the season, his fourth consecutive British GP win and fifth F1 triumph at Silverstone.
At the start, Raikkonen challenged Hamilton into the first corner, but the leader held firm and set about building an advantage.
Vettel made a slow start, slipping behind Verstappen before retaking the position only for the Red Bull driver to go back past around him on the outside at the Loop.
The race was neutralised when the safety car was deployed to clear debris after Daniil Kvyat ran wide onto the grass, lost control and hit Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.
At the restart, Hamilton pushed clear, first holding a steady gap to Raikkonen before putting the hammer down ahead of the pitstops.
Further back, Vettel put pressure on Verstappen, attacking down the inside of Stowe, only for the Red Bull to hold on around the outside.
Verstappen managed to stay ahead under braking for Vale, squeezing Vettel wide into the chicane and prompting the Ferrari driver to raise his hand in frustration.
Vettel was the first of the frontrunners to pit, with Red Bull reacting by bringing Verstappen in next time around.
But a problem with a wheelnut delayed Verstappen, meaning he rejoined behind Vettel and did not have the pace to respond.
Raikkonen pitted soon after, with Hamilton following suit on the next lap and rejoining comfortably in the lead, ahead of Bottas, who had yet to pit having run deep on softs after starting ninth following a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
It wasn’t until lap 33 of 51 that Mercedes called Bottas, the only driver in the top 10 to start on the softs, in for the super-softs, and he rejoined fourth.
He used the fresher, softer rubber to gradually reduce the gap to Vettel and then launched an attack on the run to Club, but the Ferrari driver locked up and kept the position.
On the next lap, Bottas was much closer to Vettel on Hangar Straight and swept around the outside of Vettel with ease before they reached Stowe.
Bottas then inherited second when Raikkonen suffered the tyre issue, with Verstappen pitting late as a precaution and rejoining in fourth, ending a run of three successive retirements.
His team-mate Daniel Ricciardo produced an impressive recovery drive to take fifth, having started 19th after a series of grid penalties for engine component and gearbox changes and dropping to last early on having run into the gravel when trying to pass Kevin Magnussen.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg equalled his best finish of the season with sixth, losing out to Ricciardo late on, but his team-mate Jolyon Palmer failed to take the start after reporting brake-by-wire and hydraulic problems on the formation lap.
Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez gave Force India an eighth double points finish in 10 races with eighth and ninth ahead of Felipe Massa. They had ended up in a three-way battle that developed as they queued behind the long-running Magnussen before the Haas finally pitted.
McLaren again failed to score – although Stoffel Vandoorne was not far behind Massa in 11th. Fernando Alonso retired midway through the race having got up to 14th from his back of the grid start.
RESULTS – 51 LAPS:
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||52.125s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m05.955s|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|11||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|14||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|16||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|17||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|–||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||Fuel pump|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Collision|
|–||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||Not started|
Hamilton cleared of blocking Grosjean, keeps British GP pole
Lewis Hamilton will keep his pole position for Formula 1’s British Grand Prix after being cleared of blocking Romain Grosjean in Q3 at Silverstone.
Grosjean was left furious after feeling that he had been impeded by Hamilton on the left-hand turn into Club as he finished his first run in the final shootout session.
The Haas team suspected Grosjean had lost around three tenths of a second in the incident and would have beaten Stoffel Vandoorne to ninth place.
Although the race stewards launched an investigation into the matter, their analysis of the situation was that while Hamilton had got in Grosjean’s way, he had not cost the Frenchman anything.
A statement issued by the FIA said: "The stewards examined video and telemetry evidence and concluded that while GRO may potentially have been affected by the presence of HAM at Turn 16, he was not impeded."
Prior to the stewards’ decision, Hamilton had already apologised to Grosjean and claimed he had received no warning from his Mercedes team over the radio that the Haas driver was approaching him.
"I was coming around to start my lap, Valtteri [Bottas] up ahead, I was trying to get the space," said Hamilton.
"Behind me was one of the Force Indias, who then came in, so there was no one behind me.
"Literally as I was about to get on the gas I looked in the mirror and saw a car, and I tried to get going.
"I don’t know if I got in the way, if I did I apologise.
"I had no indication from the team that anyone was coming. I need to look at the footage.
"I don’t think he was that close when I pulled away, but I will have a look."
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m28.130s||1.530s|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.902s||2.302s|
|7||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.074s||2.474s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m30.355s||–|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m31.368s||–|
|19||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m42.966s||–|
British Grand Prix practice: Lewis Hamilton pips Sebastian Vettel
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in final practice for the British Grand Prix, beating Formula 1 championship rival Sebastian Vettel by just 0.032 seconds on Saturday morning.
With the session commencing with an 80% chance of rain, most drivers opted to get out on track early on before the bad weather had chance to hit, which it finally did in the final 20 minutes.
Valtteri Bottas, who has been hit by a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, led the way in the opening runs on soft tyres, setting an early benchmark of 1m28.827s in the first 10 minutes.
His Mercedes team-mate Hamilton then took the top spot with a 1m28.747s on the yellow-marked rubber, which stood as the best time until he put on super-soft tyres just shy of the halfway mark and set a 1m28.063s to go seven tenths clear of the pack.
Bottas was only able to come within 0.151s of Hamilton on his first run on super-softs, and it was Ferrari driver Vettel who emerged as the three-time champion’s closest rival as he slotted into second, just 0.032s adrift.
With the rain arriving 15 minutes later, Hamilton’s effort stood as the best time of the session – and the weekend so far – with Vettel staying second and Bottas improving marginally to complete a top three covered by just 0.074s.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth-fastest in the second Ferrari, a full 0.669s behind Hamilton on the super-soft tyres, and nearly eight tenths up on fifth-placed Nico Hulkenberg in the Renault.
Best of the Red Bull drivers was Daniel Ricciardo in sixth, 1.549s slower than Hamilton, followed by the Haas of Romain Grosjean and Max Verstappen, whose best time was set on softs.
Verstappen did attempt a super-soft run, but left it too late and was caught out by the rain, running off-track at Brooklands and quickly returning to the pits.
Felipe Massa’s Williams and Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren completed the top 10, Vandoorne eclipsing team-mate Fernando Alonso by 0.050s.
Besides Verstappen, the only other drivers not to set their best time on super-softs were Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr, who was 17th-fastest, and the second Williams of Lance Stroll, who propped up the timesheets, 1.4s slower than Massa.
All drivers headed out in the closing stages of the session on intermediate tyres, an extra set of them having been supplied by Pirelli for the session.
A handful of late incidents showed how tricky conditions had become – Ricciardo spinning but avoiding the wall exiting Club and Marcus Ericsson pirouetting on the approach to Vale.
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m29.612s||1.549s||15|
|8||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m29.904s||1.841s||13|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m30.172s||2.109s||19|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m30.416s||2.353s||16|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m30.504s||2.441s||20|
|17||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m30.515s||2.452s||19|
British Grand Prix: Bottas pips Hamilton in second Friday practice
Valtteri Bottas stayed on top in second practice for Formula 1’s British Grand Prix, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by only 0.047 seconds.
Bottas’s benchmark from the morning was beaten around 15 minutes into the afternoon session at Silverstone, as Hamilton posted a 1m28.780s on soft tyres before quickly improving to a 1m28.543s.
That put Hamilton a full six tenths clear of the field, led by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, until Bottas switched from mediums to super-softs at the 30-minute mark and set a new best of 1m28.496s.
When Hamilton took super-softs, he ran off the track at Chapel and told his engineers he feared he had damaged the car in the process. His soft-tyre time still kept him in second place.
With teams shifting their focus towards longer runs for the latter half of the session, Bottas’s best effort stood as the quickest time of the day.
Raikkonen was third-quickest, going 0.338s slower than compatriot Bottas on his super-soft run and 0.128 faster than the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.
There was late drama for Raikkonen when he suffered a moment of snap oversteer at Becketts and span into the gravel, although he got going again without outside assistance.
Max Verstappen was best of the Red Bull drivers in fifth, 0.602s off the pace on super-softs, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was sixth, nearly half a second down on the sister car on the same tyre.
Nico Hulkenberg, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon completed the top 10, all using super-softs, with Williams driver Massa spinning at Chapel late in the session after setting his best time.
Massa also attracted the attention of the stewards for impeding Verstappen, having passed the Red Bull driver around the outside at Club while both drivers were on long runs.
Carlos Sainz Jr had a major off-track excursion at the Maggotts/Becketts complex at the very start of the session, which consigned the Toro Rosso driver to the pits until the final 40 minutes.
He emerged to set the 11th quickest time, ahead of team-mate Daniil Kvyat in 12th.
Renault’s Jolyon Palmer also had a spin at Brooklands, ending up 18th ahead of only the two Saubers.
PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m29.098s||0.602s||32|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m29.586s||1.090s||35|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m30.383s||1.887s||42|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m30.555s||2.059s||26|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m30.562s||2.066s||34|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m30.624s||2.128s||43|
Bottas sets British GP practice pace as Vettel tries F1’s shield
Valtteri Bottas set the pace in opening practice for the British Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel became the first Formula 1 driver to trial the shield cockpit protection device.
Bottas used the soft compound Pirelli tyres to clock a 1m29.106s at an overcast Silverstone, 0.078 seconds quicker than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Championship leader Vettel, who was sixth fastest, headed out of the garage at the start of the session with the screen, which extends along the car’s nose in front of the driver, attached to his Ferrari.
He completed a single installation lap and then returned to the garage where Ferrari removed the device and switched attention to its weekend programme.
The medium compound – the hardest tyre available this weekend – was the rubber of choice for the early installation laps before Kimi Raikkonen fitted the super-softs and set the first time of the session with a 1m32.533s.
He traded quickest laps with the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, with Verstappen coming out on top initially.
Mercedes then sent Bottas out and he went quickest on the soft tyres with a 1m30.788s.
Hamilton lapped three tenths faster with his first real effort on the softs but his team-mate responded immediately to become the first driver to dip into the 1m29s.
Bottas continued to improve, gradually bringing his time down to a 1m29.106s, quicker than last year’s pole position time of 1m29.287s.
Red Bull emerged as Mercedes’ closest challenger, with Verstappen and Ricciardo third and fourth quickest respectively, but both their laps were set on the super-softs.
Raikkonen was the leading Ferrari in fifth, 1.031s off the pace but four tenths quicker than team-mate Vettel, who spun at Becketts and flatspotted his tyres.
Fernando Alonso, running the more-powerful ‘spec 3’ Honda engine in his McLaren again this weekend, was eighth quickest on the super-softs, a tenth behind Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.
Felipe Massa, whose Williams team adopted a split approach with its upgrades after a troubled Austrian GP by running different configurations on his and Lance Stroll’s cars, was ninth.
Stoffel Vandoorne made it two McLarens in the top 10, just half-a-tenth slower than team-mate Alonso.
Antonio Giovinazzi borrowed Kevin Magnussen’s Haas and set the 17th quickest time, nearly half-a-second off team-mate Romain Grosjean.
Jolyon Palmer missed much of the opening part of the session with his Renault up on stands in the garage, but the team eventually got him back out and he ended up 18th quickest after 16 laps.
PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m29.604s||0.498s||26|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m29.942s||0.836s||19|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m30.895s||1.789s||21|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m31.200s||2.094s||24|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.210s||2.104s||32|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.297s||2.191s||34|
“A pretty decent day”
Scuderia Ferrari drivers convinced that further progress can be made
Silverstone – As is typical of Fridays, Scuderia Ferrari drivers had a lot of things to get through in the two practice sessions. For what it’s worth on a day in which neither points nor grid places are given, P2 ended with Kimi setting the third fastest lap time of 1’28”828, with Seb a close fourth at 1’28”956. A new engine had been fitted to the SF70H since morning and different fuel levels were tested during both sessions.
“It was a pretty decent day”, said Kimi, “a bit more straightforward session than on other occasions, and we had no issues. Since this morning the feeling had been ok, but obviously at the beginning there was a bit of guesswork with the conditions, as always when you first run at a track. It could have been a bit better, but it was not too bad either. Tomorrow will be a different day, we can only try to do our best and I’m sure we can improve. In qualifying and mainly on Sunday we’ll see if it is enough”.
His team-mate Raikkonen reckoned Ferrari’s issue was a fundamental lack of downforce that proved particularly costly at a fast track with inclement weather.
"We are missing downforce and at a place like this it’s not easy because of that," he said.
"You need downforce to go fast and especially with mixed conditions you take a big penalty on that.
"I’m sure the next circuits are much more normal for us than this place.
"But downforce would help any place, it doesn’t matter where we go.
"If we had downforce like the cars in front of us it would be a different story."
“Not enough speed today”
But Kimi believes things will be ‘back to normal’ soon
Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first part of the race the conditions were quite tricky, the visibility in some places was very poor and I had very low grip on the Wet tires, but I tried to go as fast as I could and I went wide a few times. Once we got the Medium tires the situation improved a little bit, but it was not easy. Since the beginning of the weekend we had realized that this would have been a difficult weekend. Today we tried to do our maximum but we had not enough speed to fight against the guys in front. In these kind of conditions we need more downforce and more grip, I’m sure in Hungary it will be much easier for us. Next races it will be a different story, I don’t expect us to have similar issues, obviously you never know, but I expect that we go back to normal”.
Lewis Hamilton wins British GP, Nico Rosberg under investigation
Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in a rain-hit British Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg, who is being investigated for a breach of radio rules.
Reigning world champion Hamilton, who secured his third straight Silverstone win, crossed the line 6.9 seconds clear of Rosberg with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking his second successive podium in third after splitting the Mercedes for much of the race.
Verstappen nearly grabbed second when Rosberg ran into late gearbox problems.
The German was told to shift quickly through seventh gear and given a line of advice on settings, messages the stewards will now investigate to see if Mercedes breached the restrictions on team radio.
The race started with six laps behind the safety car after a heavy shower, though it had stopped raining by the time the grand prix began.
Several drivers, led by Kimi Raikkonen in fifth, dived straight into the pits for intermediates when the safety car pulled in but Hamilton, Rosberg and Verstappen chose to stay out.
It proved to be smart decision as the virtual safety car was introduced when Pascal Wehrlein beached his Manor in the gravel, allowing the top three to pit and rejoin with a sizeable gap on the rest.
Verstappen coped with the drying track better than Rosberg, carrying far more speed through Becketts and then passing around the outside within the high-speed complex for second before pulling away.
Sebastian Vettel started the trend for dry tyres soon afterwards, with the top three maintaining the same order as they moved to slicks.
Hamilton and Verstappen were caught out by a puddle at Abbey, pitching them over the runoff and allowing the top three to close to within five seconds just past half-distance.
Rosberg was quicker than Verstappen as the track continued to dry and after complaining that the Red Bull driver moved too many times in defence, he eventually made a move stick to snatch second around the outside of Stowe.
Rosberg then closed on Hamilton, getting the gap down from eight to six seconds before the gearbox scare halted his chase.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for the fifth time in 10 races this season, with mid-race Raikkonen fifth after a late pass on Sergio Perez – who had gained ground by staying out on wets as long as the leaders – into Stowe.
Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr and Vettel, who held onto ninth despite a five-second time penalty for forcing Felipe Massa off track at Village.
Raikkonen, Perez and Sainz all escaped excursions and spins at Abbey on the same slippery patch that caught out Hamilton and Verstappen.
Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10 to ensure Toro Rosso’s fourth double-points finish of the season.
Massa missed out on points in 11th ahead of Jenson Button, who started 17th, and Fernando Alonso, who had a spectacular spin at Abbey and nudged the barrier before continuing.
Jolyon Palmer had a messy home race, with 10-second stop-go penalty after his Renault team released him in the pits without a right-rear tyre, and retired late on.
Rio Haryanto spun out at Abbey, tapping the barrier, while Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson also failed to see the chequered flag.
RESULTS – 52 LAPS:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||8.250s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||26.211s|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.941s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.712s|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.858s|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.600s|
|11||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|12||Jenson Button||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|13||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|14||Valtteri Bottas||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|15||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|16||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|–||Rio Haryanto||Manor/Mercedes||Spun off|
|–||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor/Mercedes||Spun off|