Bottas sets record FP1 pace at Silverstone, Vettel tries ‘shield’ protection

Valtteri Bottas set a new record of the current configuration of Silverstone after he clocked 1:29.106 on soft tires, two tenths faster than last year’s best time of the weekend in Q2.

Hamilton was only 0.078 seconds slower in second place and thus secured one-two for Mercedes in the first practice on soft tyres, while the next six fastest drivers used supersofts while setting their fastest laps.

Red Bull was the second fastest behind the Mercedes, and Verstappen was three tenths faster than Ricciardo, although it was half a second behind faster Mercedes.

Kimi Raikkonen was the fifth for Ferrari after saying that his future is in Ferrari’s hands, and Sebastian Vettel was four tenths slower than his teammate after he tried a new ‘shield’ cockpit protection.

Daniil Kvyat was seventh fastest for Toro Rosso on an aerodynamically demanding Silverstone, tenth in front of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, while tenth Vandoorne was only five hundreds slower than Alonso.

Force India was slower than their midfield rivals in the 12th and 13th places, and Stroll settled between the two Haas drivers in the 15th place.

The slowest were Renault and Sauber drivers who were more than three seconds slower than Bottas.

The second free practice starts at 2 pm.

FP1 RESULTS

Pos Nr Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:29.106 29
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.184 0.078 29
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG Heuer 1:29.604 0.498 26
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG Heuer 1:29.942 0.836 19
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:30.137 1.031 19
6 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:30.517 1.411 19
7 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 1:30.895 1.789 21
8 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:30.993 1.887 20
9 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:30.999 1.893 26
10 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:31.041 1.935 27
11 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso Renault 1:31.200 2.094 24
12 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:31.210 2.104 32
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:31.297 2.191 33
14 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:31.610 2.504 24
15 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:31.684 2.578 24
16 50 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas Ferrari 1:32.031 2.925 24
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:32.171 3.065 19
18 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:32.450 3.344 16
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:33.029 3.923 23
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:33.399 4.293 26
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