That was a fine lap from Hulkenberg
After screwing up his first run. Likewise from Gasly, actually.
Interestingly, Verstappen gets through on the hard tyre so will start on them tomorrow. The only man in the top 10 to do so.
Q2 – Vettel CANNOT get through!
He’s only P12! Never had it hooked up all weekend. Or last weekend. Team-mate Leclerc through.
Q2 – Norris goes P7
But he’s in danger there. Hulkenberg goes second! Gasly P4! Ocon cannot get through! Only P11 for the Frenchman.
Sainz can’t get through. Gasly goes fourth! Albon improves to fourth pushing Norris down to P10…
Both Mercedes back off.
Can Vettel get through?
Q2 – Final runs underway
It’ll be a frantic end here.
Norris doesn’t improve on his sector one time. Not great. Hulkenberg doesn’t improve on his time, either. Come on Nico! Gasly does improve.
Hamilton sets the quickest S1 time. Hulkenberg has a much better second sector and he’s 0.8s up on where he needs to be…
Q2 – Order so far
Vettel out on the soft tyres… this is going to have to be the lap of Vettel’s season. Gasly can go much quicker, as can Hulkenberg and possibly Sainz. Albon looking a bit more comfortable in this session.
Q2 – What can Russell do?
He’s cranking it up for his hot lap now. Gasly lost a lot of time running wide at the same place Hulkenberg did, too.
Russell’s first sector is about two tenths off Bottas’s quickest time. He’s about a tenth down on where he needs to be after two sectors… and just 0.078s off P10! He’s in 12th then. Decent go, George.
Q2 – Leclerc fastest in sector one
Vettel looking tidy but ultimately slow. He’s only P10 and will be knocked down when Leclerc sets his time. The Monaco man moves fourth, six tenths of a second quicker than his team-mate. Ouch.
Russell takes advantage of a clean track to go and set his lap.
Q2 – Ferraris out
Would be a surprise for Vettel to get through here. The other Racing Point of Stroll went P5, by the way.
Q2 – Ricciardo into P3
Verstappen goes P4 on the hard tyre. He’s quicker than Albon on the mediums… by two tenths. Ouch. What can Hulkenberg do? He was the quickest man in sector one but probably took too much out of the tyres and can only go P11. Oh, he ran very wide at Chapel and ruined his lap. Costing him at least a second I reckon. If not more. There is pace in that car…
Q2 – Hamilton on a hot lap
As Ocon goes fastest first up, 1.5s ahead of Grosjean.
Bottas the quicker of the two Mercedes in the first two sectors… but Hamilton has been the king of the final sector the last week or so.
Hamilton posts a 1.26.266… Bottas ends up 0.481s quicker in the end. Hamilton was quicker in the final sector there but Bottas bossed that lap.
Q2 – Verstappen on the hard compound tyre
Which is… interesting. He’s getting quite fighty with the McLaren of Lando Norris out there for position. Well, relatively. He lets him through around the outside of Luffield in the end. Verstappen the only driver on the hards.
15 minutes to go. This will be an interesting session. Last time around Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly posted exactly the same lap times in this session but Stroll set his first so went through. We are looking at hundredths of a second being the difference between going out and going through.
Ocon blocking Russell
Ocon was trying to get past the other car but they were both on out laps. Unfortunate for Russell, but he got through anyway. As did Ocon. I still think it’ll be a penalty, though.
Q1 – Drivers through
Well done to Albon for stringing it together at the end and going quicker than Verstappen — who did not do a second run, however.
Stroll puts in a decent lap to go P6. Kvyat in danger now as his lap was deleted and he’s in P15 now… Ocon knocks him out! Russell is through!
Bottas pops up with the quickest time of the session at the end. 0.080s quicker than Hamilton. Kvyat ran wide at Stowe and said he thinks something on the floor broke. Contrast with team-mate Gasly who finished that session fifth!
Q1 – Latifi can’t make it through
Norris on a decent lap, going P4. Sainz P8. Not as quick.
Gasly goes P4, he has it hooked up! Albon goes P3! That’s a good lap. Vettel goes P11 and he should be okay! Magnussen cannot get out... but Grosjean can!
Q1 – Russell sets his fastest S1 time
Looks nice and tidy in the opening part of the lap. 296km/h through Copse. He’s probably going into the top 10 with this time. Will that be enough?
A nice end to the lap sees him post a 1.27.757 and he goes eighth! Nice work.
Q1 – Final runs under way
Two minutes to go.
Can Russell get through? I think he can. Can he even stay ahead of Albon?
Q1 – Ricciardo popped up into P6 with his late first run
Six tenths off Hamilton. He has looked decent here the last two weeks.
Q1 – 5 mins to go
Albon in the drop zone. Vettel just above it. Both drivers really, really struggling again this weekend. Ocon tells his race engineer that he thinks they will get a penalty for that incident. Perhaps a lack of communication there. I think Albon and Vettel are vulnerable here.
Q1 – Bit of an untidy lap from Stroll
Only in P14. Vettel not much better, P13.
Hamilton then goes into the 1.26s to go quickest, Bottas was marginally slower.
Incident involving Ocon and Russell is under investigation. Ocon blocking at the start of the lap and there was nearly a collision. There was another car on the track that Ocon was trying to make his way around, but neither of those were on their hot laps. And the Frenchman was on the racing line. That should be a certain 3-place grid drop for him.
Q1 – Classification so far
No time:STR, RIC
Q1 – Max Verstappen goes quickest
With a 1.27.154. That’s a sharp time. Team-mate Albon, meanwhile, runs very wide over the kerbs in the middle of the lap and is miiiiles behind. He’s in P13 1.32s off Verstappen’s quickest time… more struggles.
Q1 – Bottas the quickest man
Hamilton the first Mercedes to set a time but Bottas goes 0.056s quicker. Leclerc sets a decent time which leaves him up towards the front. Nico Hulkenberg sets a time that’s just a tenth slower than Bottas. Nice.
Q1 – Giovinazzi in the Alfa on a hot lap
How hot is it? Not very. He’s fifth and slowest of anyone to set a time so far. He’s also pipped by Raikkonen by a tenth.
Norris goes second, Vettel third. Not a great time by Vettel, a few tenths off Norris’s time. All on the softs.
Q1 – Russell goes second
Quicker than both Haas cars, marginally over Grosjean. Decent time from him on the mediums. Hamilton on Bottas both on track now.
Q1 – Magnussen the first man to set a time
But the second man to do so is his team-mate Grosjean, who is the quicker of the two. Hulkenberg about to beat them both on the soft tyres. By how much? A second at least I reckon. Yep, 1.177… to be precise.
Q1 – 16 minutes to go
Hulkenbergout on the softs, both Haas cars and Russell on the mediums. The softs give up so much in the final sector that there is not a great difference over one qualifying lap between them and the mediums. The out laps will be pretty slow today.
Nigel Mansell is 67 today
Happy birthday to him.
Eight minutes until qualifying starts
In other contract-related news this weekend, Valtteri Bottas has signed a new contract to keep him at Mercedes next year. Not really a great surprise. Would love to see Verstappen/Norris/Ricciardo etc. in that car but why change a winning formula? Bottas is a solid number two driver who has improved since his poor year in 2018. No need for any change.
He’s no Rosberg. But then again, that is exactly what Mercedes want.
Will tyres be an issue again this weekend?
Well, yes, but not in the way they were at the British Grand Prix. The failures late on the race there was brought about by an unusual set of circumstances which led to the teams running for 40-odd laps on the hard compound tyres when, usually, they might run for a little less time.
The interesting thing will be what tyres teams choose in qualifying, in particular whether they will want to start the race on the soft, medium or hard compound of tyre. The race will likely be a two-stopper as standard, so we could see some variation depending on how high the tyre degradation is tomorrow. It is likely to be a scorcher tomorrow, so probably high.
A bit more on the Racing Point row from Tom Cary at Silverstone
A weekend of nostalgia and celebration, looking back on 70 years of Formula One, kicked off with one of the sport’s most ancient traditions; a good old-fashioned row about the legality of one of the cars.
Racing Point were on Friday fined €400,000 (£361,000) and docked 15 constructors’ championship points, after rivals Renault won a protest against their car’s brake ducts.
The decision, which was announced on Friday morning, overshadowed practice ahead of this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, a nod to the first F1 world championship race, which was held at Silverstone in May 1950.
Times after final practice
- Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 26.621secs
- Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:26.784
- Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:27.202
- Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Racing Point 1:27.256
- Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:27.263
- Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:27.328
- Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:27.455
- Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:27.474
- Esteban Ocon (Fra) Renault 1:27.496
- Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:27.627
- Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:27.659
- Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:27.754
- Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:27.811
- Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:27.815
- Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:28.076
- Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:28.125
- George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:28.349
- Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:28.468
- Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:28.538
- Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:28.763
Good afternoon F1 fans
And welcome to our coverage for qualifying for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone. It’s the second week in a row we’re racing around this wonderful Northamptonshire circuit. Last time out at the British Grand Prix we had a profoundly dull 49 laps before the race burst into fashion with three tyre failures, most dramatically for Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at the front. Hamilton clung on to the victory with three wheels on his wagon but poor old Bottas finished outside of the points and now faces a 30-point deficit to the Briton in the championship.
What can we expect from this weekend? More Mercedes dominance, to be brutally honest. Not that it would have been a surprise, given all we saw last weekend but their performances in the three practice session so far indicates that they will be some way ahead of the field again. I’d say let’s hope for Bottas to pip Hamilton to pole position but he’s so far behind in the championship now that Hamilton could finish second to him in the next six rounds and still lead the championship.
It looks pretty tight behind them, though, with Red Bull, McLaren, Racing Point, Renault, Ferrari and perhaps even AlphaTauri in the mix for some reasonable points at Silverstone. Nico Hulkenberg — subbing in for Sergio Perez at Racing Point for a second weekend — has had a decent weekend so far, finishing P4 in final practice and being pretty much on the pace of his team-mate Lance Stroll in every session. He did not manage to even start his “comeback” Grand Prix last week, so fingers crossed that he can actually take the grid this time.
It will be interesting to see how the row over Racing Point’s current car plays out, with several teams now protesting the severity of the punishment they received yesterday over their rear brake ducts. In total they were fine 400,000 euro and docked 15 constructor points. It is not over.