2017 F1 British Grand Prix: Bottas takes the early lead after FP1

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.

2017 British Grand Prix Free Practice 1 Standings

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap
1 finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 29 1’29.106
2 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 29 1’29.184 0.078
3 netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG 26 1’29.604 0.498
4 australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG 19 1’29.942 0.836
5 finland Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 19 1’30.137 1.031
6 germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 19 1’30.517 1.411
7 russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 21 1’30.895 1.789
8 spain Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 20 1’30.993 1.887
9 brazil Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 26 1’30.999 1.893
10 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 27 1’31.041 1.935
11 spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso Renault 24 1’31.200 2.094
12 france Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 32 1’31.210 2.104
13 mexico Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 33 1’31.297 2.191
14 france Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 24 1’31.610 2.504
15 canada Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 24 1’31.684 2.578
16 italy Antonio Giovinazzi Haas Ferrari 24 1’32.031 2.925
17 germany Nico Hulkenberg Renault Renault 19 1’32.171 3.065
18 united_kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault Renault 16 1’32.450 3.344
19 germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 23 1’33.029 3.923
20 sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 26 1’33.399 4.293

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