Valterri Bottas continues his impressive run into the British Grand Prix leading the time sheets after Free Practice 1.
The Finn lapped Silverstone with a lap time of 1 minute 29.106 seconds in his Mercedes on an overcast day. Home boy Hamilton was 0.078 seconds behind him, narrowly in second. Red Bulls are having a resurgence at the British Grand Prix with Verstappen leading the charge ahead of his teammate Ricciardo.
Ferraris were off the pace and down in 5th and 6th with Raikkonen ahead of Vettel. Daniil Kvyat was 7th fastest ahead of Alonso’s McLaren running the more powerful Spec 3 engine. Felipe Massa is 9th and Vandoorne brings up the top ten in the second McLaren.
Vettel tried out the halo driver protection system for a lap at Silverstone and didn’t like it at all. He said it made him feel dizzy and limited the visibility that F1 drivers now enjoy when racing the cars.
“The forward vision is not very good. I think it’s because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion. There was a lot of downwash down the straight, coming off the back of my helmet and pushing my head forward.” – Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari)
Antonio Giovinazzi took out Kevin Magnussen’s Haas to set the 17th fastest time. Palmer missed much of FP1 but eventually joined the pack to put in 16 laps and ended up 18th fastest. Medium, softs and super softs are the tyres of choice here at Silverstone and softs seem to be the popular choice for drivers to use in the race.
Too lazy to type anything, so re quoting from the best F1 driver in the world:
“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna