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British GP practice & Silverstone debate

British GP practice & Silverstone debate

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By Niamh Lewis

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  1. Top five

    1. Bottas
    2. Verstappen
    3. Leclerc
    4. Hamilton
    5. Norris
  2. Discuss!

    Stephen R Gould: Romain Grosjean: the new Pastor Maldonado? Discuss


  3. Post update

    Alex Albon, gets stuck on at Brooklands and goes off on the grass.

    The corner of his front wing cuts through the grass like a plough!

  4. Post update

    First boys out are:

    1. Kvyat
    2. Magnussen
    3. Norris
    4. Giovinazzi
    5. Sainz
  5. Post update

    Kimi is out first after his first practice session ended early with a power unit problem.

    This photo comes to mind.

    Kimi Raikkonen

    Copyright: EPA

    Queen elizabeth

    Copyright: Getty Images

  6. Russell impresses again

    Michael Emons

    BBC Sport at Silverstone

    Here’s Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams talking to some of the world’s media during the break and she made some very interesting comments regarding George Russell this week.

    Williams said that the 21-year-old was potential “world champion material” and would do everything in her power to keep him at Williams next season. But it may be getting harder all the time as he continues to show his class in a car that has largely been uncompetitive for the majority of the season.

    Claire Williams

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  7. Excellent question!

    Nick Gisburnefalse: #bbcf1 We’ve had the most British drivers in a race, but what was the race with the biggest number of different nationalities?

    I have no idea… responses welcome! #bbcf1

  8. Post update

    Red Bull’s young Frenchman Pierre Gasly topped first practice – the first time he’s had P1 next to his name in his Formula 1 career.

    Who can beat him?


    Get Involved

    Kayleigh is at Silverstone: Had a lovely 10 mins with a lady here at #Silverstone for the very first time! She told me her husband died two years ago and decided she would attend the Grand Prix as a ‘bucket list’ thing.
    Looove hearing peoples stories!

    Old Nick: Gasly fastest? Ah, what you need to do is go to “settings”, then “opponent difficulty” and up it by about 30%. Sorted

    Ilyas Bulsarifalse: #bbcf1 wonder if it rains at Wimbledon, Lords and Silverstone on Sunday?
    As we’re at it, please no grand prix in London. They can do the f1 on the road in London and other cities around the country as there is no track that flows like Silverstone.

    Reno2200: Hopefully a sign of things to come from Gasly after the promise he showed last year. Not bad for a number two driver!

  10. FP2 – let’s go!

  11. More rain?

    Michael Emons

    BBC Sport at Silverstone

    We had some rain at the end of the first practice session and judging by the state of the sky above the start/finish line we may well be having some more pretty soon.


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  12. Life according to Vettel

    Chief F1 writer Andrew Benson has been up close and personal with Sebastian Vettel in the build-up to the British Grand Prix.

    The four-time world champion has opened up to BBC Sport about the state of Formula 1, bouncing back from disappointment and all the drama of the Canadian Grand Prix.

    Read Andrew’s full interview here.

    Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

    Copyright: Rex Features

  13. Starting soon

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    The BBC Radio 5 live commentary team of Alex Jacques, Jolyon Palmer, Jennie Gow, and Andrew Benson will be back in a few minutes time on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, and at the top of the page once again.

  14. ‘A great opportunity for our first race’

    Michael Emons

    BBC Sport at Silverstone

    It’s a first live Grand Prix experience for friends Benjamin Thomas and Red Bull supporter Ruben Spaander, who have come over from Dublin and the Netherlands respectively.

    “It’s going to be a very exciting weekend. We’ve always been Formula 1 fans and this race was the closest to where we both lived and Silverstone is a very historic circuit so this was a great opportunity for our first race,” said Ruben, who, unsurprisingly, is hoping for a Max Verstappen win.

    “If Ferrari can hold it together and put more effort into the car they can win, but a team like Mercedes is very organised,” says Ferrari fan Benjamin, who feels Sebastian Vettel was unfairly penalised in Canada with his time penalty that cost him the race win.

    “There are too many penalties given to the teams – let racing be racing,” he adds.

    Benjamin Thomas and Ruben Spaander

    Copyright: BBC Sport

  15. Going to Silverstone this weekend?

    BBC News


    Copyright: Northamptonshire Police

    BBC News have reported a burst water main – Check your route before travelling.

    Drivers heading to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone have been warned against heading into Northampton.

    Mereway, a major road in the town between the A43 and the A45, has been closed due to a burst water main.

    Police said although staff from Anglian Water were on site, they expected the road to be closed all weekend.

    The British Grand Prix attracts 350,000 spectators to the Northamptonshire circuit across the three-day event.

    Police said there was a “large amount of water in the area”.

    The force has already warned people not to travel to the Grand Prix unless they have a ticket, as the event is sold out.


    Grosjean’s FP1 troubles

    Phillip West: I’ve seen some pretty mediocre drivers over the years, but Romain Grosjean is unique in his ineptitude. The man shouldn’t be allowed to drive a milk float, let alone a Grand Prix car. He is beyond useless. #BritishGP#BBCF1

    milk man

    Copyright: Getty Images

  17. Brits on the grid at the British Grand Prix

    I think we’ve found a winner.

    Alex in Essex rightly stated on Twitter there were six British drivers at the British Grand Prix in 1995 (the year I was born which counts in the ‘modern era’)

    2019 – Lewis Hamilton, George Russell, Lando Norris, Alex Albon

    2013 – Lewis Hamilton, Max Chilton, Paul Di Resta, Jenson Button

    2007 – Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson, David Coulthard

    2002 – Allan McNish, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Eddy Irvine

    1995 – Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Johnny Herbert, Eddy Irvine, Mark Blundell and Martin Brundle

    And if you want to go back further… the same six appeared in 1994.

    Any more?

  18. Ready for FP2?

  19. We will be back at 13:30 BST

    Grab a beer if you’re at Silverstone, or if you have the joys of work today, enjoy your lunch hour.

    We will be back at 13:30 BST for FP2.

  20. Benson’s FP1 report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    Grosjean crash

    Copyright: Getty Images

    Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly was the surprise pace-setter in an incident-packed first practice session at the British Grand Prix.

    The Frenchman, who has struggled in his first season at Red Bull, went 0.476 seconds clear of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas with a lap late in the session.

    Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton fourth as several drivers had incidents.

    Haas’ Romain Grosjean had the worst with a crash in the pit lane and spin.

    Read more.

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