FP1: Verstappen lays down a marker for qualifying after topping first practice at Silverstone

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AS IT HAPPENED: Follow all the action from first practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

As part of an experimental revised format this weekend, FP1 was the only hour-long session before qualifying at Silverstone, the result of which will set the grid for the inaugural F1 Sprint on Saturday afternoon. As a result, the teams wasted no time in getting on track, first on a mix of medium and hard tyres before switching to softs with around 20 minutes left.

Red Bull racer Verstappen began on hard tyres and complained that his seatbelts were improperly fitted, but when he swapped for mediums he shot to the top of the timesheets with a benchmark of 1m27.745s. Switching to softs, he improved to 1m27.035s – 0.779s ahead of McLaren's home racer Norris. Notably, Norris set his benchmark on medium tyres, rather than the soft.

Reigning champion Hamilton finished third on the softs, 0.780s off the pace in his upgraded Mercedes W12, while the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc filed in fourth. Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas took P5 and was 0.862s off the pace, ahead of Carlos Sainz in P6 – the Spaniard having spun at Turn 3 before setting his fastest lap.

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel carries a new engine, turbo and MGU-H for this weekend onwards and made a late jump to seventh on softs, keeping Mexican Sergio Perez at bay in P8 for Red Bull.

That left medium-shod Daniel Ricciardo ninth for McLaren, and with a new chassis and MGU-K, Esteban Ocon put his Alpine in P10 while team mate Fernando Alonso was 14th.

The AlphaTauris finished 11th and 12th, Pierre Gasly over a tenth faster than Yuki Tsunoda, with Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi 13th – his team mate Kimi Raikkonen 15th behind Alonso.

Haas's Nikita Mazepin finished 19th, his team mate Mick Schumacher six-tenths ahead in P17. Between them was the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll, who said he was devoid of confidence with his car's balance as the session came to a close.

Williams' George Russell will be hoping that the crack in his mirror won't prove to be foreboding as he rounded out the standings for Williams in P20, while team mate Nicholas Latifi took a solid P16.

With qualifying up next at 1800 local time, who will make history and start at the front for the first-ever F1 Sprint on Saturday? Stay tuned for live coverage and all the reaction over the 2021 British Grand Prix weekend.

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@Citrix Virtual Lap: Max Verstappen Sends It At Silverstone

Red Bull Racing Honda 16 July, 2021 - 11:00am

8th title "a tall order" this year admits Hamilton

pitpass.com 16 July, 2021 - 11:00am

Currently 32 points adrift of his title rival, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton is relying on updates from his team and the support of his beloved fans as he heads into his home race this weekend.

However, despite the fact that we are not yet half-way through the season, the Mercedes driver, who has won 3 races to Max Verstappen's 5, admits that winning an eighth title this year will be a tall order.

"It's what I dream of and am working towards," he told BBC's Radio 5 Live. "I am massively driven. But it's a tall order.

"Their performance has gone a little bit out of reach but we are working as hard as we can to close back up."

Silverstone comes off the back of a triple-header which saw Verstappen claim three straight wins, indeed Hamilton last stood atop the podium in Spain.

"When a challenge comes up, I face it head on," said the Briton. "I have never run away from a fight.

"When we entered this season and we saw the challenge we had on, it was like, 'Game on, love this, this is what we live for'. It has been exciting," he said.

However, once again he insists that the rule changes this year have impacted his team more so than any other.

"These rules have impacted us massively," he said. "We have had the engine scenario changed last year when we lost qualifying mode and then this new rule shift has hit us hardest.

"We are doing the best we can," he continued. "The cost cap has come in, which has made it even harder for development.

"All I know is that, whatever the outcome, there has been an immense amount of growth and I am going to be here for longer than this year. It is not going to be the end of the world if we don't but we are going to give everything to make sure that we do."

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''Silverstone has symbolic and psychological significance, although that is more the case for Mercedes. I'm afraid the decision in the F1 championship will last until the last races. Mercedes is just a strong team. Hamilton, like Max, is an exceptional talent, only with more experience'', Marko said in an interview with Motorsport-total.com.

The same goes for Hamilton, according to Marko. Whereas in previous years the Austrian sometimes reported that Verstappen could already win in the same car, Marko is more cautious about that now. ''They are at least equal to each other, but when it comes to pure speed, Verstappen is a bit ahead,'' concluded Red Bull's top man.

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Less practice, more jeopardy: The drivers prepare to step into the unknown with F1 Sprint at the British GP | Formula 1®

Formula 1 RSS UK 15 July, 2021 - 03:53pm

HIGHLIGHTS: See all the key moments from first practice for the British Grand Prix

FP1: Verstappen lays down a marker for qualifying after topping first practice at Silverstone

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The concept was a big part of paddock chatter on Thursday, alongside the launch of the 2022 car – with the full-scale model sitting proud in the paddock – with many speculating how the addition of a 100km dash, and just two (rather than three) practice sessions to fine tune the machines, will affect the action.

And that’s the beauty of the new format. Nobody knows.

First practice suddenly becomes very important, as it’s the only session you’ll get to set the balance for qualifying – and the rest of the weekend.

“I think we now have a different understanding in theory of how we should start the weekend in terms of set up. I would say that’s made it a bit more detailed preparation for the set-up compared to other weekends, because we don’t have the three practice sessions to find a good balance.”

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc added: “It’s been quite different. First of all we went through the programme for the weekend which is quite different to what we are used to. And FP1 will be crucial. It will be very busy and very important as Valtteri said to try and understand the car, try to do the last set-up works before qualifying and then that is it, you get to stay with that car for the rest of the weekend.

“I think it’s very important how we prepare for the weekend but it’s one of our strengths, we are very good at preparing the car before and we don’t change the car so much there so hopefully we can take advantage of that and have a good weekend.”

“Normally we have three hours to prepare for qualifying,” said AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly. “Here we only have one hour so a short time to set up the car the way you want, not much time to react if it doesn’t give you the balance you want. So I think the preparation is slightly more important than other races, but it’s the same for everyone, we have been quite competitive straight away looking at the past few weekends so hopefully this can be good for us.”

And it’ll be even trickier for rookies like Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, who have just 60 minutes to get their cars to their liking before racing with it for the remainder of the weekend. If it settles quickly, they could manage a strong showing – but if something doesn’t click, they’re in for a long weekend.

Getting a car in the right window is no easy feat. Plenty of times this year, we’ve seen Mercedes struggle to get the right balance or feel with their car, and it’s taken them overnight into Saturday to make some improvements.

Similarly, McLaren build up through the weekend, and tend to have more unspectacular Fridays before turning it on come Saturday. They can’t afford to do that anymore, with the cars entering parc ferme after FP1 and only minor changes allowed for the remainder of the weekend.

“I think it will be so important that the car that leaves the garage, you are confident with it,” said Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who missed both races at Silverstone last year after becoming the first F1 driver to test positive for Covid 19.

“Some weekends you are confident straight away and some others it takes more time and if that’s the case you can be on the back foot quite a bit so we’ll see what kind of weekend it is. In terms of preparation for me it has been very normal and you just try to get up to speed quickly and that FP1 will be key.”

Three points are on offer for the winner of the Sprint, with two for second and one for third. That might not seem like a lot, with 25 available for the winner of Sunday’s Grand Prix, but in what could be a tight fight in various battles up and down the standings, every point counts.

Getting that balance right – between going for glory and not taking too much of a chance – will be the big challenge.

“I always try and make the right decisions and make calculated risks that I think are necessary and I’m going to try and do what I can in the sprint qualifying while recognising that the race is on Sunday,” said Aston Martin's Lance Stroll. “I think it’s a balance between risk and reward.”

“It’s definitely going to be interesting, it’s all a bit of an unknown for everybody,” said George Russell. “We’re in a good position, I think there will be a lot of midfield drivers taking caution in that race because they will just want to finish and be in a half-sensible position for Sunday.

"But for us who are just sort of fighting for P12-P15 range it probably offers an opportunity to go slightly more on the attack and take advantage of those drivers just trying to secure a sensible finish for Sunday so there’s always opportunities, and we’ve got to be the ones to make the most of it.”

We’ve had some very exciting races this year, and some enthralling opening laps – so the fact we have an extra race on the schedule will favour those drivers who relish that opening lap, when you’re jostling for position and trying to make gains while the field is close.

The hope is that the drivers can push flat-out for 17 laps – all 100km – but that will depend on their tyre choice and the importance they put on their finishing position – which sets the grid for Sunday’s Grand prix. As Ricciardo says, we won’t know until we try it.

“Time will tell [regarding what to expect] from a driving point of view and how aggressive we can be,” he said. “In the Sprint – can we go all out or do we have to manage tyres? That will probably dictate the tempo or kind of the aggression put towards that sprint. So yeah these are things we’ll discover over the course of the weekend.”

Give a driver the chance to do less practice and they’ll almost certainly bite your hand off, instead preferring to go flat-out in qualifying or enjoy jostling for position in the race.

As Vettel says, we may as well give it a go – and see what happens. Then take stock and analyse the data. There are then two further weekends this year to experiment with the format, with F1 bosses insisting that this is a research project rather than a final version of a format. Nothing is set in stone. Drivers, teams and fans will be listened to and there is plenty of scope to make changes.

F1 heads into the unknown to create plenty of jeopardy heading into the weekend, which frankly, is an exciting prospect.

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Formula 1 RSS UK 15 July, 2021 - 08:32am

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Fans not only got to see a life-size 2022 F1 car for the first time, they were also talked through the machine’s revolutionary design by a panel of experts, who explained the thinking behind the new concept, which will enable drivers to race each other harder than ever before.

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F1 driver Max Verstappen shows he can outrun a 400mph SPITFIRE

Daily Mail 15 July, 2021 - 01:33am

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Max Verstappen is aiming to extend his Formula One championship lead over Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone this weekend - and he seems determined to out-race every other British icon while he's over here.

The Red Bull driver from Holland took on a red London bus, a black cab and even the ubiquitous white van in a lap of the famous Goodwood circuit in west Sussex.

But having left all of them in the dust in the Championship-winning RB7, Verstappen astonishingly then out-paced a 400mph Spitfire.

The World War Two fighter plane swooped over the circuit, which is set to stage the British Grand Prix, and ended up in a thrilling photo finish with Verstappen at full throttle.

Max Verstappen, driving the championship-winning Red Bull DB7, is chased down by a World War Two Spitfire during a race at Goodwood Motor Circuit in west Sussex

It proved to be a close run thing between the F1 car and the 400mph Spitfire in the challenge 

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The Red Bull car is capable of race speeds of about 220mph and Verstappen was at full pelt on the home straight as the Spitfire, which followed only the final few corners, reeled him in with far superior straight line speed.   

Naturally, the London bus, for all its practical use, and the black cab, which can turn on a sixpence, were no match for the speed of the RB7, in which Sebastian Vettel won the 2011 world title.

Even the British boy racer, on two wheels for part of the race, was forced to give in.

It looked for a few seconds as though the Spitfire would scream overhead and beat Verstappen with the chequered flag in sight but in the end it was too close to call.  

Verstappen's Red Bull has proved the pace-setter in the early rounds of the F1 Championship and the 23-year-old has a 32-point lead over defending champion Hamilton going into the Mercedes driver's home race.

And Verstappen said: 'When we were at Silverstone last year, the track was amazing, but the atmosphere was missing.

The Spitfire swooped over the Goodwood circuit but couldn't out-run Verstappen's car

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'To have the British crowd back again in full attendance will be really special and I hope that the race is going to be just as exciting.'

Over 140,000 spectators will be at Silverstone to watch Sunday's race after it was designated one of the Government's sports pilot events. 

Everyone present will have to provide proof of double vaccination or a negative lateral flow test taken in the previous 48 hours.  

It will be the biggest ticketed event in the UK since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the majority in attendance will be desperate for Hamilton to close the gap in the title race. 

It will see Sprint Qualifying used on Saturday to determine the grid for Sunday's race. Traditional qualifying will be held a day earlier than usual on Friday and set the grid for Saturday's 30-minute, 100km mini-race. 

Around 140,000 spectators are expected at Silverstone this weekend. Lewis Hamilton crowd surfed after winning the race there two years ago 

Red Bull Racing Honda Team Principal Christian Horner said: 'I think Silverstone is going to be a big challenge. It's been a stronghold of Mercedes for several years now, but it's another opportunity to win.  

'And of course, with the first of the new Sprint Races this year it's going to be a new event format – and extra points are available. 

'Whatever happens it's going to be a really exciting weekend and we are ready for the fight.' 

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