British Grand Prix FP1: Max Verstappen fastest as Nico Hulkenberg Replaced Sergio Perez.

Max Verstappen tops the time sheet in the first practice session of th...

British Grand Prix FP1: Max Verstappen fastest as Nico Hulkenberg Replaced Sergio Perez.

British Grand Prix FP1: Max Verstappen fastest as Nico Hulkenberg Replaced Sergio Perez.

Max Verstappen tops the time sheet in the first practice session of the 2020 British Grand Prix for Red Bull, as Nico Hulkenberg steeped in to replace Sergio Perez at Racing Point for the race weekend.

Sergio Perez positive Covid-19 test was the big news ahead of this race, and the question everyone asking was who’s going to stand in for Perez. It was the ex-Renault and Force India racer - Nico Hulkenberg that was called up at the last minute to replace him. The German got up to speed very quickly as soon as the session began and finished ninth fastest on his return.

Verstappen on soft tyres to show blistering pace for Red Bull, setting a time 0.474s quicker than Lewis Hamilton and another tenth ahead of Racing Point’s third-place Lance Stroll. Alex Albon finished fourth and was seven-tenths slower than his team mate's Verstappen's time of 1m27.422s.

 Mercedes has said they discovered some issues with Hamilton MGU-K after the Hungarian Grand Prix, so a precautionary move was made by fitting in a brand new MGU-K for Lewis, but he will not take a grid penalty as he is still within his allowance for the season. Hamilton fastest FP1 time was set on mediums, finishing second while third-place Stroll managed to finish 0.582s off the pace, on softs for Racing Points.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel car was seen stuck in the garage for FP1 due to intercooler issue in his SF1000 car and couldn’t partake in the session, but he’ll be running in FP2 according to the team. As a result, his team mate Charles Leclerc rounded out the top-five with a 0.799s deficit to Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas was focusing more on long runs on the hard compound tyres for Mercedes, and was over a second off Verstappen’s place. Both Renault drivers finished behind Bottas with Esteban Ocon seventh, just under 0.020s faster than eighth-place Daniel Ricciardo.

Hulkenberg, running in an FP1 session for the first time since last year, with just 0.6s behind his team mate Stroll was a very brilliant comeback for the German as he spent just about 45 minutes in Racing Point’s simulator this morning, before jumping into Perez’s car for FP1.

Rounding out the top-10 was AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat who was a whisker faster than 11th-place team mate Pierre Gasly. McLaren had Carlos Sainz 11th ahead of Lando Norris in P12. Team Principal Andreas Seidl said that the team had brought floor and front-wing updates and were running an “intensive” programme in FP1 to make sure the parts were working as planned.

Alfa Romeo’s duo had a tough session, with Kimi Raikkonen going off at Luffield (Turn 7) moments before Antonio Giovinazzi, spectacularly spun at Chapel (Turn 13) and then rejoined the track with a shower of gravel, rubber and carbon fibre trailing his C39, the incident That brought out a 12-minute red-flag with just over an hour remaining and the Italian has been summoned by the stewards, who were unimpressed by his efforts to nurse the car slowly back to the pits after the incident. Kimi finished P16 ahead of Antonio in P18.

As for Williams, George Russell finished 17th as he returned to Silverstone for his second home Grand Prix, and rookie Nicholas Latifi finished 19th. Sebastian Vettel at the bottom of the table as he was garage bound.

See the full FP1 result below.

FORMULA 1 PIRELLI BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2020 - PRACTICE 1.

31 Jul02 Aug 2020.

VENUE: Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone.

RACE: 4

 

POS

NO

DRIVER

CAR

TIME

GAP

LAPS

1

33

Max Verstappen

RED BULL RACING HONDA

1:27.422

 

27

2

44

Lewis Hamilton

MERCEDES

1:27.896

+0.474s

27

3

18

Lance Stroll

RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES

1:28.004

+0.582s

22

4

23

Alexander Albon

RED BULL RACING HONDA

1:28.129

+0.707s

24

5

16

Charles Leclerc

FERRARI

1:28.221

+0.799s

22

6

77

Valtteri Bottas

MERCEDES

1:28.519

+1.097s

29

7

31

Esteban Ocon

RENAULT

1:28.559

+1.137s

26

8

3

Daniel Ricciardo

RENAULT

1:28.575

+1.153s

22

9

27

Nico Hulkenberg

RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES

1:28.592

+1.170s

23

10

26

Daniil Kvyat

ALPHATAURI HONDA

1:28.868

+1.446s

21

11

10

Pierre Gasly

ALPHATAURI HONDA

1:28.909

+1.487s

12

55

Carlos Sainz

MCLAREN RENAULT

1:28.988

+1.566s

13

4

Lando Norris

MCLAREN RENAULT

1:28.990

+1.568s

14

20

Kevin Magnussen

HAAS FERRARI

1:29.532

+2.110s

15

8

Romain Grosjean

HAAS FERRARI

1:29.576

+2.154s

16

7

Kimi Räikkönen

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1:29.746

+2.324s

17

63

George Russell

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

1:29.899

+2.477s

18

99

Antonio Giovinazzi

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1:29.925

+2.503s

19

6

Nicholas Latifi

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

1:30.703

+3.281s

20

5

Sebastian Vettel

FERRARI

   

 

 

 

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