BRITISH GP


 

Qualifying     Grid     Race    

 

Round 10 – Silverstone, 6 to 8 July

 

All times UK

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel Four

Fri 6th  

FP1

1000 to 1130

0945 to 1150

1000 to 1135

 

FP2

1400 to 1530

1345 to 1550

1355 to 1600

Sat 7th 

FP3

1100 to 1200

1045 to 1215

1055 to 1225

 

Qual

1400 to 1500-ish

1300 to 1540

1255 to 1550

Sun 8th

Race

1410 to 1540-ish

1230 to 1710

1300 to 1735

Tyre Allocation for this race:

 

Hard / Medium / Soft

 

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Individual driver’s tyre choices:

 

Hard

Medium

Soft

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

1

4

8

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2

3

8

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

1

4

8

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

1

4

8

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

2

3

8

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2

4

7

Sergio Perez (Force India)

1

3

9

Esteban Ocon (Force India)

1

3

9

Lance Stroll (Williams)

1

3

9

Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)

2

2

9

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

2

1

10

Carlos Sainz (Renault)

1

2

10

Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

1

2

10

Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)

1

2

10

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

1

3

9

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

1

3

9

Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

1

4

8

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

1

4

8

Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

1

3

9

Charles Leclerc (Sauber)

1

3

9

 

 

FP1:

·      Nice a sunny at Silverstone this morning. The circuit has been completely re-surfaced and it has proved to be very bumpy. This is something that can upset the aerodynamics of the car but it can be resolved with setup adjustments so after a couple of runs the cars were running just as quickly, but every now and then one would be caught out.On hour in and Grosjean crashed, blaming the bumps for causing his finger to miss the DRS “off” button as he went into turn one, resulting in spinning off into the barrier and doing a great deal of damage! (Supposedly the best drivers in the world and after an hour still getting caught out by a bump that’s been there all the time – Hmmm! Just saying.)

·      Verstappen stopped at the trackside right towards the end after his gearbox made a distinct popping noise and failed to engage.  He was told to stop and not to try and shift gears, but he’d already done that a couple of times when the problem occurred! Seems as though the hydraulics went awry. Still, it’s not his race gearbox so there will be no penalty.

·      There may well be some talk about track limits as drivers persistently drove beyond the kerbs to get a better run through one of the corners (which I think it was the last corner).

·      As usual the times meant little in this session, as can be seen by the one-minute gap indications I include.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m27.487s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m28.325s 

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m29.352s 

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

9

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

10

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

11

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

12

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

13

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

14

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

15

Sainz

Renault

 

16

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

1m30.416s 

17

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

18

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

19

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

20

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1m31.017s 

 

FP2:

·      Ten minutes or so into the session, and before setting a time, Verstappen is in the wall (surprise, surprise!) having lost it on the exit of Luffield. Looks like one wheel on the kerb upset the car and he couldn’t hold it. Damaged both right corners against the barrier.  The session was red lagged for eight minutes or so while they recovered his car.

·      Gasly had an engine problem and pulled off the circuit. Otherwise a fairly normal FP2 session with the fast runs done in the first hour and then the long sun simulations to the end. If the times are more significant in this session then Alonso and McLaren should be holding out some hope for a decent grid position tomorrow.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m27.552s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m28.408s 

6

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

8

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

9

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

10

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

1m29.557s 

11

Sainz

Renault

 

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

13

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

14

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

15

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

16

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

18

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m30.404s 

19

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

No Time 

20

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

No Time 

 

FP3:

·      The placed a kerb on the outside of the sweep into the final corner overnight to “kerb” the driver’s enthusiasm in driving wide, exceeding track limits and gain a speed advantage onto the straight.

·      15 minutes in and Hartley has crashed.  As he braked from 200 or so mph on the Wellington Straight his front left suspension failed. It looked to me as though it wasn’t a straightforward suspension failure, but was brake related. The upright (the large assembly onto which the suspension arms are attached inboard and the wheel is attached outboard) rotated as the brake was applied, causing it to wrench itself off the suspension arms. He went straight on across the gravel, which pitched him up a bit and into the barrier. He was OK. It was difficult to tell, but if the monocoque is okay then he should make it to qualifying with new sticky-out bits attached.

·      Gasly was didn’t go out again as they examined his car and decided that until they knew what Hartley’s problem was it wasn’t safe.

·      The red flag for Hartley’s accident went back in at around minute 32 and everyone rushed off to get as much done in the last half hour in preparation for qualifying.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m26722s 

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

1m27.851s 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

7

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

8

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m28.814s 

11

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

13

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

14

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

15

Sainz

Renault

 

16

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m29.829s 

17

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

18

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m30.050s 

20

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

No time 

 

Q1:

Hartley took no part in qualifying as his car was being rebuilt following his FP3 crash.  Stroll recorded no time due to beaching his Williams on his first run.  Technically, both drivers have failed to qualify and should be eliminated from the race. However, the rules allow for them to apply to the stewards to be allowed to start and the officials will determine if they can using their practise performance as a guide.  As far as I’m concerned, by those criteria, Hartley should not be permitted to start – but that’s just my opinion!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m26.585s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m27.549s

6

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

7

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

8

Hulkenberg

Renault

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

10

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

11

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

13

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

14

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

15

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m28.399s 

16

Sainz

Renault

1m28.456s 

17

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

18

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1m29.252s 

19

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

No Time 

20

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

No Time 

 

Q2: 

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m26.256s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m27.369s

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

8

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

9

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

10

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

1m27.843s

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m27.901s

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

13

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

14

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m28.391s 

 

Q3: 

Ricciardo did not have full use of his DRS throughout the session, but as it seems it was only costing him 0.3 of a second I don’t suppose it made much difference.  Watching Hamilton on his fastest lap I have to say that as much as I dislike him as a person he is a mighty driver.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m25.892s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m27.099s

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

8

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

9

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

1m27.8792

10

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

1m28.194s

 

GRID:

Assuming there are no overnight penalties and the stewards let Stroll and Hartley start, the grid should look like this…

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

20

 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

19

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

18

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

17

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

16

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

15

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

14

8

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

13

9

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

12

10

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

11

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

10

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

9

13

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

8

 

14

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

7

 

15

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

6

 

16

Sainz

Renault

5

 

17

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

4

 

18

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

3

 

19

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

2

 

20

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

1

 

 

RACE:

·      An exciting race full of incident. I didn’t think Hartley actually got out of the pit lane but apparently he did and went straight back in at the end of his only lap to retire with an engine problem. I suspect that with the almost complete car rebuild required after his big crash in FP3 that it was probably an engine installation problem.

·      Raikkonen messed up going into turn three on lap one and hit Hamilton’s right rear and spun him off into the run-off area. He kept it all alive and rejoined in 17th and spent the next 11 laps working his way back up to 6th. Then the pitstops started and he gradually made it to a commendable 2nd.

·      Leclerc was released from his pitstop before one of his rear wheels was properly affixed. The team told him to stop but he had left the pitlane by then so the team was awarded a hefty fine.

·      Ericsson got a little bit too much rear wheel on the kerb going into Abbey and pitched himself into a spin that ended in the barrier.  This brought out the safety car for a few laps while they cleared away the mess.

·      The safety car came in and the race got under way again, only for Grosjean and Sainz to have a get-together and slide off into the barrier bringing the safety car out again. Who was to blame is debatable as although Sainz didn’t actually squeeze grosjean into the right-hander, when Grosjean lost a bit of back-end grip and made a very small correction there was no room and the linked up and made their way to the barrier.

·      Right at the ned Perez and Gasly had an incident and the result of the steward’s inquiry was to penalize Gasly 5 seconds which dropped him to 13th.

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

52

20

 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

52

19

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

52

18

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

52

17

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

52

16

 

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

52

15

 

7

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

52

14

 

8

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

52

13

 

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

52

12

 

10

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

52

11

 

11

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

52

10

 

12

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

52

9

 

13

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

52

8

Penalty 

14

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

52

7

 

15

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

46

6

Gearbox

16

Sainz

Renault

37

5

Accident

17

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

37

4

Accident

18

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

31

3

Accident

19

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

18

2

Loose wheel

20

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

1

1

Engine

 

                                                                       

 

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