Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2020

Verstappen leads Hamilton as engine problem delays Vettel

2020 British Grand Prix first practice

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Max Verstappen set the pace in the first practice session for the British Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver lapped the Silverstone in 1’27.422 on a set of soft tyres. He wasn’t entirely happy with his car’s performance, complaining of a dip in power delivery between Village and The Loop.

He ended the session nearly half a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, though the Mercedes driver used the harder medium compound to set his best time. Mercedes have replaced the MGU-K in Hamilton’s car, meaning he is now on the second out of a maximum allocation of three, assuming at least 14 races are held this year.

Lance Stroll made it three different cars in the top three. The Racing Point driver ended the session a tenth shy of Hamilton, and half a second ahead of new team mate Nico Hulkenberg.

The former Renault driver has made a surprise return to his former team in place of Sergio Perez, who has been ruled out of the weekend following a positive Covid-19 test. Hulkenberg arrived in the paddock just minutes before the session was due to begin, having been called up by the team yesterday.

Alexander Albon made it two Red Bulls inside the top five, pipping Charles Leclerc. However the second Ferrari was unable to set a time: Sebastian Vettel was confined to his garage after just two laps so the team could strip down his SF1000 to investigate a problem with its intercooler system.

The Renault pair followed sixth-placed Valtteri Bottas, with Hulkenberg ninth ahead of Daniil Kvyat.

Alfa Romeo’s weekend got off to a poor start as both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi suffered spins. The latter is under investigation by the stewards over his driving at turn 13. Giovinazzi scattered tyre debris across the track after he rejoined, forcing the session to ne temporarily suspended.

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
133Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’27.42227
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’27.8960.47427
318Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’28.0040.58222
423Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’28.1290.70724
516Charles LeclercFerrari1’28.2210.79922
677Valtteri BottasMercedes1’28.5191.09729
731Esteban OconRenault1’28.5591.13726
83Daniel RicciardoRenault1’28.5751.15322
927Nico HulkenbergRacing Point-Mercedes1’28.5921.17023
1026Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri-Honda1’28.8681.44621
1110Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’28.9091.48724
1255Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’28.9881.56624
134Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’28.9901.56822
1420Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’29.5322.11023
158Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’29.5762.15425
167Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’29.7462.32424
1763George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’29.8992.47723
1899Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’29.9252.50317
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’30.7033.28120
205Sebastian VettelFerrari2

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First practice visual gaps

Max Verstappen – 1’27.422

+0.474 Lewis Hamilton – 1’27.896

+0.582 Lance Stroll – 1’28.004

+0.707 Alexander Albon – 1’28.129

+0.799 Charles Leclerc – 1’28.221

+1.097 Valtteri Bottas – 1’28.519

+1.137 Esteban Ocon – 1’28.559

+1.153 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’28.575

+1.170 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’28.592

+1.446 Daniil Kvyat – 1’28.868

+1.487 Pierre Gasly – 1’28.909

+1.566 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’28.988

+1.568 Lando Norris – 1’28.990

+2.110 Kevin Magnussen – 1’29.532

+2.154 Romain Grosjean – 1’29.576

+2.324 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’29.746

+2.477 George Russell – 1’29.899

+2.503 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’29.925

+3.281 Nicholas Latifi – 1’30.703

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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19 comments on “Verstappen leads Hamilton as engine problem delays Vettel”

  1. Soild result for Hulkenberg considering this is the first drive in a new F1 car for him. His neck must be really feeling it!

    1. It’s FP1 and he’s already faster than Vettel!

      1. Don’t forget Gio too, lol.

    2. Confirms that the RP car is pretty solid, for him to be able to do that in his first outing.

      1. Only first practice @robbie :)

        1. @johnrkh Lol of course but that’s my point.

  2. Lol, I just listened to Toto Wolff, and not once he mentioned the great Ferrari threat.

    He did however downplay their advantages.

    1. Lewis is on 2nd MGU-K unit already so Toto might be little worried.

    2. F1oSaurus (@)
      31st July 2020, 13:28

      @jureo Amazingly we also don’t hear Verstappen crying anymore about how it’s impossible to go faster than a Mercedes.

      1. Verstappen accepted this year is thrown away already.

      2. But atleast krx, oops, F1oclown keeps crying about Verstappen!

        1. Wahaha, well he (or she?) is dinosaur, known for not changing their habits ;-)

    3. Mercedes have a better car, but also better drivers than Ferrari.

      1. :D Well not that much better.

  3. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
    31st July 2020, 12:47

    Decent start for Hulk

  4. I feel like everyone is watching Hulkenberg more than anything else, who would have thought that a couple of days ago?

  5. 1’27.422 on a set of super-soft tyres

    Just checking if anyone would notice, aren’t you? ;) @keithcollantine

    1. Lol .. Super softs is so 2019 :)

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