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Gasly quickest after late flier at slippery Silverstone

2019 British Grand Prix first practice

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Pierre Gasly led the way in first practice at Silverstone as a new track surface and mid-session shower caught several drivers out.

One of the first drivers to run into trouble was Romain Grosjean, who knocked the front wing off his Haas in a bizarre incident at the it lane exit. Grosjean spun his car in the right-hander leading onto the track and struck the barrier on the inside of the corner.

He had to lap the track in his damaged car, dropped further debris as he went which caused a Virtual Safety Car period. Grosjean had a further spin later in the session at Luffield, this time without damaging his car.

Several other drivers went off-track during the session, including home race debutants Lando Norris and George Russell. With around half an hour to go a light rain shower made the recently-laid new asphalt even slipperier, and sent all the drivers into the pits. The track dried out sufficiently for a late flurry of laps to be possible.

Despite the tricky conditions, Gasly’s best time was three-tenths of a second faster than the quickest lap from the same session 12 months ago. He deposed Valtteri Bottas from the top of the times with his penultimate lap of the session.

Max Verstappen backed his team mate up in third place. He was followed by Lewis Hamilton, who remarked at the end of the session that the track still felt bumpy despite the resurfacing.

Charles Leclerc, who was frustrated by traffic on several of his runs, was next, followed by Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari pair were followed by the two Renaults, then Alexander Albon and Carlos Sainz Jnr.

The session was disrupted for a few minutes at te halfway point when Kimi Raikkonen suffered a suspected power unit problem. His Alfa Romeo came to a stop at Luffield.

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
110Pierre GaslyRed Bull-Honda1’27.17325
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1’27.6290.45629
333Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’28.0090.83621
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’28.1220.94926
516Charles LeclercFerrari1’28.2531.08021
65Sebastian VettelFerrari1’28.3041.13121
727Nico HulkenbergRenault1’28.8031.63021
83Daniel RicciardoRenault1’29.0311.85824
923Alexander AlbonToro Rosso-Honda1’29.0931.92026
1055Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’29.1621.98931
114Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’29.1701.99723
1211Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’29.4532.28027
1326Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’29.5002.32726
1418Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’29.6572.48425
1599Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’30.0992.92624
1620Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’30.6053.43224
1763George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’30.7413.56825
187Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’30.7473.57412
198Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’30.8113.63822
2088Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’32.1214.94827

First practice visual gaps

Pierre Gasly – 1’27.173

+0.456 Valtteri Bottas – 1’27.629

+0.836 Max Verstappen – 1’28.009

+0.949 Lewis Hamilton – 1’28.122

+1.080 Charles Leclerc – 1’28.253

+1.131 Sebastian Vettel – 1’28.304

+1.630 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’28.803

+1.858 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’29.031

+1.920 Alexander Albon – 1’29.093

+1.989 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’29.162

+1.997 Lando Norris – 1’29.170

+2.280 Sergio Perez – 1’29.453

+2.327 Daniil Kvyat – 1’29.500

+2.484 Lance Stroll – 1’29.657

+2.926 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’30.099

+3.432 Kevin Magnussen – 1’30.605

+3.568 George Russell – 1’30.741

+3.574 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’30.747

+3.638 Romain Grosjean – 1’30.811

+4.948 Robert Kubica – 1’32.121

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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11 comments on “Gasly quickest after late flier at slippery Silverstone”

  1. Tried mode 11….

    1. Yes, indeed seems to help!

  2. Early doors and all that, but it would be a tad amusing, to say the least, if Pierre was consistently faster than Max, using Max’s setup.

  3. Bye bye Romain Grosjean, hello Pietro Fittipaldi.

  4. Grosjean wanted rid of those Rich Energy logos pretty fast didn’t he?

  5. Russell is really taking the fight to the Haas cars. Hats off to him!

    Gasly must be thrilled to at least top FP1 for a change. I guess Max’s setup does work for him.

  6. If it rains during this year’s MotoGP then it will another farcical showing like last year pushing another discussion of removing this track from calender. What a joke of resurfacing job by owners of this track.

  7. That was a quick system reboot!

    1. Probably a SSD

  8. @keithcollantine, the title of the news on the homepage is incorrect ;) (“Bottas quickest in first practice at slippery Silverstone”)

  9. great time from Russel, he’s among the Haas and Alfas, while also putting Kubica to shame again.

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