Mercedes 1-2 in British GP practice, Bottas edges Hamilton

Mercedes 1-2 in British GP practice, Bottas edges Hamilton

"It's always hard to say after the first day though - the Ferraris are usually slower on Friday and then pick up the pace on Saturday".

For the first time in a long time, teams face a genuine dilemma between a one-stop strategy and a two-stop at the British Grand Prix. There's been a lot of development through the auto, and when you revert back to an early spec it's tricky.

"It's just the sheer magnitude of it and just how many people come for the weekend and how many British flags you see around here". Leclerc shot to third place while Gasly shot to fourth.

"I don't know how I brought that auto to the finish".

Vettel locked and slammed into the back of Verstappen's auto, pitching it airborne over a kerb and into the gravel as the Ferrari ended up facing the wrong way with its rear wheels in the gravel.


However, Milton Keynes-based Red Bull will be fired up after getting their first win this campaign, with Dutchman Verstappen a big fan of the high-speed corners.

Bottas added: "It feels good".

Vettel was given a 10-seconds penalty and two penalty points by the stewards for the crash on lap 37 of the 52-laps race.

Valtteri Bottas will start from the front at Silverstone despite Hamilton's last-gasp effort to usurp his Mercedes team-mate.

"Sacrificed a lap in Q2 which would have helped get a reading of how the auto was but we didn't end up doing that and then at the end I had the mistake on the first lap and the second lap one just wasn't really that great". Vettel tried to respond at the next braking point, but the move went wrong and he ran into the back of the Red Bull.


It is a race Hamilton is trying to win for a record sixth time, further cementing the racing excellence of Britain's five-time world champion.

Leclerc was on pole in Austria, with Vettel 10th after being sidelined with a power unit problem, and third behind the Mercedes drivers in France while the German was seventh. From inside the cockpit, the duel with Max was really enjoyable and I reckon those watching it at home or at the track also thought it was a good show.

"I'm not entirely happy", said the four-times champion.

Sebastian Vettel: "Regarding the incident with Max, it was my mistake and I spoke to him afterwards and apologized".

"I knew the first lap was good but it wasn't flawless and honestly I should've improved in the second run and I'm glad it was enough - it's not easy to get a quick lap together and it's very easy to do mistakes", said the happy Finn. "All those sweet spots don't always work at each track - but this has been a strong track for us in the past. We clearly didn't have a good vehicle balance and that makes it even more hard".


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