Ferrari, aspettiamo Robin Raikkonen
E che vi posso dire?
“It’s not over until is over” (cit).
Di sicuro Giove Pluvio non è iscritto a un Ferrari Club.
Nemmeno temo sia un fan di questo Clog!
Dopo di che, bisogna essere bravi anche nella gestione della emergenza. Non c’è dubbio che in Mercedes siano stati più abili.
Hamilton è un fuoriclasse e lo ripeto sempre. Credo si stia rendendo conto che le circostanze lo stanno agevolando. Lo ha anche ammesso nelle esternazioni post qualifiche.
Ma è ancora lunga, fidatevi.
La Ferrari, storicamente, è un modello di resilienza e non mi sono ancora rassegnato all’idea che il prossimo campione del mondo vestito di Rosso sia Robin Raikkonen nel 2038.
Suo padre va fortissimo e io l’ho sempre saputo, con tanto rispetto e affetto per Leclerc che qualcuno sta rischiando di bruciare.
E Vettel è Vettel. Non aderirò mai all’esercito degli Anti. Non capiscono una beata mazza, se posso esprimermi con un francesismo.
La gara sarà molto, molto dura. Se la partenza fosse normale, un Bottas in versione sughero non ce lo toglierebbe nessuno.
Ma, come dico sempre, in Ferrari siamo abituati a soffrire.
Aspettando Robin Raikkonen, s’intende.
Da Blog Turrini
Q: We head on to find Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi, third position, the best for Ferrari, but after the starts you’ve been making lately you must be optimistic for the race
Kimi Raikkonen: Obviously it’s not ideal, but I think what is the most important and nice thing is that the car was driveable and enjoyable in the wet today. I think I was unlucky with the last… we changed to new tyres and there was a lot of grip but we got behind a Haas and in the spray, as you know, it’s impossible to see and improve, but there was a chance in these conditions today to be quite comfortably on pole but it didn’t happen. So tomorrow is another day and we’ll keep trying.
Q: Very well done. Kimi, Lewis has just told us that Ferrari have the fastest car here in the dry, what was it like in the wet?
KR: Obviously I think it was quite tricky. We did most of the time the right calls. In Q2 I wanted to go with the dry tyres to see if we had time to do one lap. Obviously it wasn’t the case, so it was a bit tricky the one lap with the inters. It was a bit late when it started to rain. But it was enough to get through, that’s the main thing. Last qualification, we had a very… yeah. It’s disappointing not to be the first. I think we had the speed today. I was pleasantly surprised how nice the car was in the wet, because that definitely hasn’t been our strongest point. That was great and I was able to drive it at least in the wet. I was a bit unlucky with the traffic once we changed to new tyres. There was more grip and for sure a lot more time, but we got behind Haas and you know I couldn’t really slow down a lot more or else we wouldn’t have time to start and then the spray there was nothing I could have done. It’s shame because today for sure there was the speed. But tomorrow is another day.
KR: I think on used tyres, when I did the lap it was pretty decent. For sure there were places to improve but, like I said earlier, when we swapped to the new tyres it had obviously dried up and for sure there you could feel straight away on the out lap there was more grip – and we never really got the chance to put the laps in because a bit unlucky with the position we were in.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) To the Finnish drivers: in these conditions after you both got so close, was this the best ever chance so far to get the first ever Finnish one-two in qualifying?
KR: Well, this is what we’ve got so it’s a bit pointless to if this or that would happen, we’re second or third so the rest doesn’t matter really.
Q: Kimi, how aggressive can we expect you to be tomorrow?
KR: I’ve nothing to lose, do I? We’ll do the normal things and see where we come out and… you can plan it as much as you want but things will go quickly and obviously try to make the right decisions on the tyres when it comes and hopefully make a good getaway and see what we can do.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, qualifying in the wet has been quite difficult for you for some time. Can you remember when you last had this kind of good feeling like today?
KR: Like I said earlier, I think that we’re disappointed where we finished in the end because I think we had the speed but then on the other hand, it’s nice that we can actually drive like it should be in the wet and it’s been a while since we’ve really been comfortable in these kind of conditions and obviously it depends on the day and place and how much it rains but today the car was as it should be and that you can actually push and obviously we had the speed now. That’s a very positive thing and yeah, I don’t know, whenever it was, it doesn’t really change an awful lot.
Raikkonen says traffic cost shot at ‘comfortable’ Hungarian GP pole
Kimi Raikkonen believes traffic cost him a chance to be "comfortably" on pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix after being surprised by his Ferrari Formula 1 car in wet conditions.
Raikkonen was on provisional pole until the final round of flying laps at a soggy Hungaroring, when Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas dumped him to third.
He claimed that catching a Haas spoiled his efforts to improve on new tyres at the end.
"I was a bit unlucky, I changed to new tyres and [there was] not a lot of grip, but we got behind the Haas and with the spray it was impossible to see and improve," said Raikkonen on the grid after the session.
"There was definitely the chance in these conditions today to be comfortably on pole but it didn’t happen."
Raikkonen explained that he "couldn’t really slow down an awful lot more" to create space between himself and the car in front because he was worried about running out of time to start a flying lap.
He praised Ferrari for its decision-making in a tricky session, which he said was good other than suffering an unfortunate piece of positioning at the end.
Answering a question from Autosport about failing to find time on his final run, Raikkonen added: "On used tyres, when I did the lap it was pretty decent.
"There were places improve, and when we swapped to new tyres it dried a bit and you could feel straight away there was a lot more grip.
"[But] we never really got the chance to put the lap in because of being a bit unlucky [with] the position we ended up [on track]."
Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel had looked the favourite for pole after the trio of dry practice sessions, with Raikkonen less competitive than the German.
However, after the rain arrived for qualifying Raikkonen was able to edge out the four-time world champion, which the Finn suggested was a surprise in the rain.
"We had the speed today [to be on pole] and I was pleasantly surprised how nice the car was on wets," said Raikkonen.
"It definitely hasn’t been our strongest point, so that was great."
He added: "What is the most important, and nice, thing is the car was driveable and enjoyable in the wet."
Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops Mercedes front row in wet
Lewis Hamilton led a surprise Mercedes Formula 1 front-row lockout in a rain-hit qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Q3 runners used wet tyres throughout, and on the first runs Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen had the advantage over Hamilton.
But after both Mercedes drivers pitted for a second set of wets with three-and-a-half minutes remaining, it turned into a battle between Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Bottas had the advantage after the first two sectors, but Hamilton was a stunning 0.426 seconds faster in the final sector to take pole by 0.260s.
Raikkonen reclaimed third place from team-mate Sebastian Vettel late on by just 0.024s to make it an all-Ferrari second row.
Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr was the only driver not to use two sets of wets in Q3 and took fifth place ahead of the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly.
Red Bull had a poor session, with Daniel Ricciardo not even reaching Q3 and Max Verstappen down in seventh place and 2.374s off pole.
Brendon Hartley was a career-best eighth, ahead of Haas pairing Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.
Q2 started with drivers heading out on slicks but following light rainfall – with Vettel on intermediates the only exception.
With the rain returning and intensifying, Vettel set a lap 2.1s faster than everyone while the rest of the field dived back into the pits for intermediates.
Those who were able to get back in and change the quickest benefited in terms of track conditions as the circuit gradually got wetter.
Fernando Alonso, who was not one of the last to head out, ended up 11th and was unable to improve after taking on wets later in the session.
But that put him ahead of Ricciardo, one of the later drivers to set his initial time on intermediates and who ended up in 12th place having marginally improved after bolting on wets.
Ricciardo was delayed by yellow flags for Lance Stroll’s off at Turn 9, although he also lost time in other parts of the lap compared to Raikkonen – who set a time over four seconds faster while running around 11s behind.
Nico Hulkenberg, also among the later runners, was 13th ahead of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.
Williams driver Stroll made it to Q2, but spun coming out of Turn 9 and nosed into the barrier, bringing his session to an end.
McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne was the quickest of those eliminated in a frenetic wet/dry Q1 session after being shuffled back by a flurry of late improvements.
Drivers initially ran on intermediate Pirellis following a downpour before the start, but even early in the session they were looking to look to slicks.
Vandoorne was out of the dropzone late on but he was one of the first to complete his final lap on a track that was getting quicker.
Ricciardo, Ericsson, Hartley and Stroll were among the drivers to make late improvements and push Vandoorne into the bottom five.
Charles Leclerc was 17th for Sauber, 0.035s slower than Vandoorne but comfortably clear of the lead Force India of Esteban Ocon.
Ocon did his best lap on his final time round, but it was half-a-second away from being enough for a Q2 place as he was struggling with a lack of rear brakes.
Team-mate Sergio Perez was 19th, a tenth clear of Williams driver Sergio Sirotkin, who complained about being delayed by a Ferrari in the final two corners on his quick lap.
|6||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m37.591s||1.933s|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.032s||2.374s|
|8||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m38.128s||2.470s|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m36.442s||–|
|18||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.142s||–|
|19||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.200s||–|
Hungarian GP: Vettel fastest for Ferrari, both Mercedes spin
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel topped final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both spun during a mixed session for the Mercedes Formula 1 team.
Vettel and Ferrari had ended Friday on top and continued that form ahead of qualifying at the Hungaroring, setting the pace on a 1m16.170s.
Bottas and Mercedes hit back from a disappointing Friday by lapping just 0.059 seconds slower than Vettel, but it was a messy morning for the champion team.
Vettel was fastest at the halfway mark of the session after ending his first flying laps almost half a second clear of what Mercedes could manage on the initial runs.
In the final bout of qualifying simulations Bottas briefly went fastest on a 1m16.229s, at almost exactly the same time as Hamilton spun at the chicane.
Hamilton lost the rear under braking and skated sideways across the kerb at the apex of the second part of the corner before coming to a rest on the track and facing the wrong direction.
The championship leader, who has new control electronics and a new energy store fitted to his Mercedes, continued but struggled to post a competitive lap time.
Vettel reclaimed top spot from Bottas, who then suffered a bigger scare than Hamilton at the chicane.
Like his team-mate, Bottas lost the rear on entry, but the Finn’s car swung across the inside of the track and across the grass, facing the wrong direction, and made light contact square with the barrier on the outside.
He resumed and made it back to the pits before returning to the track, but did not improve.
Bottas remained Vettel’s closest challenger as Kimi Raikkonen could not get closer than 0.203s adrift of his team-mate, with Hamilton fourth and more than half a second off the pace.
The Red Bulls slipped from top-three pace on Friday to rounding out the top six in final practice, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen 0.6s and 0.7s off the pace respectively.
There were plenty of traffic incidents in a frenetic session, with Ricciardo catching a Haas exiting Turn 3 on his first real flying lap and Hamilton also losing out early on as he caught slower cars.
Later in the session Sergio Perez, who was revealed to have brought action against his Force India team that led to it being placed in administration, remonstrated against a Toro Rosso while Charles Leclerc almost tripped up over Verstappen’s Red Bull immediately after being passed into Turn 1.
Carlos Sainz Jr and Nico Hulkenberg consolidated Renault’s position as best of the rest ahead of qualifying with the seventh and eighth fastest times, as Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) completed the top 10.
Stoffel Vandoorne spent a large chunk of the session in the garage while McLaren fitted a new floor that was sent over from the factory.
He wound up 17th fastest, 2.6s off the pace, with team-mate Fernando Alonso 14th and 0.4s faster.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.803s||0.633s||11|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.946s||0.776s||14|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m18.139s||1.969s||22|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m18.252s||2.082s||19|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.512s||2.342s||20|
|19||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.962s||2.792s||18|
German Grand Prix qualifying: Vettel on pole, Hamilton’s car fails in Q1
Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix, while Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton was only 15th after stopping with a gearbox problem in Q1.
The Ferrari driver held pole position after the first runs in Q3, with all drivers on ultrasofts, but faced a challenge from the remaining Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas on the second runs.
Bottas briefly claimed pole position with a lap of 1m11.416s, helped by a mighty run through the stadium section.
But Vettel, who was faster in the first two sectors before losing a quarter of a second to Bottas in the final sector, did enough to take pole by 0.204s on his final lap.
The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was third, 0.335s off Vettel, having again looked like a potential threat for pole position.
He made a mistake at Turn 12 on his first run that cost around three tenths after he hit the inside kerb, then couldn’t quite find the pace on his second run.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was fourth, just under three-tenths behind Raikkonen, and benefitted from the absence of Hamilton.
Hamilton was ordered to stop on his second Q1 run after losing gear selection, which followed immediately after he ran wide in Turn 1.
In rejoining, he struck the rumble strip at the exit of the corner, which kicked the car up and appeared to cause the problem that manifested itself on the run to Turn 2 – although he reportedly subsequently said the problem had appeared before this moment.
Hamilton attempted to get the car back to the pits but eventually stopped at Turn 10 after being ordered to do so by the team.
Currently 15th thanks to setting a time good enough to escape Q1 before the problem, he will move up a place thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s penalties – subject to incurring any grid drops himself.
Haas pairing Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean locked out the third row with fifth and sixth, with the lead Renault of Nico Hulkenberg missing out on splitting the pair by 0.016s.
The second Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr was eighth, ahead of the Sauber of Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez’s Force India.
Fernando Alonso was quickest of those eliminated in Q2 in 11th place, with a gap of six-tenths to Perez ahead in that segment of qualifying.
That put him ahead of Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin, who posted the team’s best qualifying result since April’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 12th place.
Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was 13th and slowest of those to set a time in Q2 after causing a nine-minute red flag period when he spun into the gravel at the Turn 13 left-hander.
Ericsson was able to dig himself out of the gravel, but in doing so pulled it onto the track and led to the session being stopped two minutes later.
After his second run, the Swede suggested that he lost grip on his final qualifying attempt and speculated he might have sustained some minor damage when he hit a kerb.
Hamilton, thanks to his Q1 failure, and Daniel Ricciardo, who will start from the back anyway thanks to engine component changes, did not run in Q2.
Esteban Ocon was bumped into the dropzone late in Q1 when Force India team-mate Perez improved on his second push lap on his second set of ultrasofts.
Ocon went into qualifying with only one dry free practice session under his belt, having sat out FP1 to allow Nicholas Latifi to drive then been hit by rain in FP3.
Toro Rosso pair Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley were 17th and 18th, separated by three-tenths of a second.
Lance Stroll was 19th, while Stoffel Vandoorne’s troubled weekend continued as he brought up the rear, two-tenths slower than the Williams driver.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.822s||0.610s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.774s||1.562s|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.720s||2.508s|
|16||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.749s||2.537s|
|17||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m14.045s||2.833s|
|20||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||–|
Formula 1: Leclerc leads Sauber one-two in final practice
Sauber’s Charles Leclerc topped the times in a rain-hit final practice session ahead of Formula 1’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
Only nine F1 drivers set a lap time in FP3 after a period of over half an hour where no cars took to the circuit due to heavy rain.
But it was a Sauber one-two at the top of the timesheet after a late flurry of action, as Marcus Ericsson set a lap 0.423s slower than his team-mate.
Sergey Sirotkin was third for Williams ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, followed by the two Toro Rosso drivers and Nico Hulkenberg.
The Renault driver was the only driver to set a time in the early part of the session, and he fell down the order during the late action, as Renault opted to stay in the garage having decided conditions were too dangerous to drive in.
Hulkenberg had set a time of 1m 36.873s 11 minutes into FP3 and two minutes after his lap, his Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz took to the circuit and spun at Turn 10 on the flooded surface.
He was able to return to the pits, but Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul told Sky Sports that as the rain was getting heavier conditions had become "unsafe" and added there was "no point in running" especially with a limit on spare parts.
Conditions were still treacherous at the end, where Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll and Vettel all had spins on the slippery track.
Persistent rain started 30 minutes before the start of the session, which meant initially only 14 cars ventured out for install laps, and 15 minutes into the session the rain intensified, flooding the track and limiting further running.
For over 35 minutes spectators had no choice but to watch large puddles form on an empty circuit, until there was a final flurry of cars taking to the track in the final 10 minutes.
More rain is forecast for Hockenheim this afternoon with qualifying set to start two hours after the end of FP3.
|5||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m35.659s||1.082s||6|
|6||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m36.151s||1.574s||6|
|12||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||–||–||1|
|15||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||–||–||1|
|18||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||–||–||2|
|19||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||–||–||1|
“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|
“Ovviamente, non è il risultato ideale, ma è abbastanza buono” ha commentato Kimi. “E’ stata una buona giornata. Ho faticato un po’ con il sottosterzo nelle ultime curve per far girare la macchina e portare velocità in curva, ma a parte ciò è andata bene. Sicuramente ci sono sempre cose che si possono migliorare e si può sempre essere più veloci. Oggi abbiamo fatto del nostro meglio, ma non è stato sufficiente. Domani è un altro giorno; sappiamo che a volte le qualifiche possono andare diversamente dalla gara. Partiremo con pneumatici diversi da quelli che useranno i nostri avversari, per cui sarà interessante vedere come andrà. Questo è un circuito particolare, il tempo sul giro è molto breve, per cui ci aspettiamo di essere tutti molto vicini. Si presume sia più facile sorpassare con una zona DRS in più. Speriamo di essere più forti domani”.