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Bottas outpaces Hamilton in practice, Hulkenberg fourth

by Lucy Morson
2 min read

Valtteri Bottas ended the first 70th Anniversary Grand Prix free practice session fastest at Silverstone for Mercedes.

Bottas, who tumbled down the order from second in last weekend’s British Grand Prix in dramatic style with a late puncture, set a time of 1m26.166s to end the morning running fastest, beating team-mate Lewis Hamilton by a tenth of a second.

Hamilton was ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who completed the top three runners with a time 0.727s off the leader’s pace, having been the first car to set a timed lap earlier in the morning.

Nico Hulkenberg – who is once again deputising for Sergio Perez following the Mexican’s second positive COVID-19 result – impressed by finishing fourth fastest for Racing Point.

The session was largely overshadowed by the outcome of Renault’s protest against Racing Point and the subsequent points deduction and fine issued for the Silverstone-based team’s Mercedes-inspired brake ducts.

Charles Leclerc was fifth, with Red Bull’s Alex Albon slotting in between the other Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Lance Stroll was eighth, ahead of Daniil Kvyat for AlphaTauri and Esteban Ocon for Renault who completed the top 10.

Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Silverstone F1 2020

Pierre Gasly ended the session 11th ahead of Lando Norris and Romain Grosjean in 12th and 13th respectively.

The other McLaren of Carlos Sainz Jr was 14th, with the two Williams of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi following in 15th and 16th.

Daniel Ricciardo finished somewhat out of position for Renault in 17th, beating both Alfa Romeos – with Robert Kubica stepping in for Antonio Giovinazzi.

Kevin Magnussen completed the order for Haas, having set a total of 17 laps.

Teams largely focused on running the soft tyre during the session, as they gathered data on the change in compound for this weekend compared to the first Silverstone race last week.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m26.166s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.304s +0.138s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m26.893s +0.727s
4 Nico Hülkenberg Racing Point-Mercedes 1m26.942s +0.776s
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m27.062s +0.896s
6 Alex Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m27.28s +1.114s
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.498s +1.332s
8 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m27.539s +1.373s
9 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1m27.653s +1.487s
10 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m27.701s +1.535s
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1m27.707s +1.541s
12 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m27.846s +1.68s
13 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m27.908s +1.742s
14 Carlos Sainz McLaren-Renault 1m28.138s +1.972s
15 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m28.17s +2.004s
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m28.226s +2.06s
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m28.511s +2.345s
18 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m28.655s +2.489s
19 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m28.96s +2.794s
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m29.319s +3.153s
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