Verstappen blitzes the field in FP1

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Max Verstappen has dominated FP1 in Silverstone, being almost a second clear of second place.

It was time for Formula 1 to begin their race weekend at Silverstone. Practice 1 was the only practice before tonight’s qualifying session for the sprint race tomorrow. Only one hour the drivers had to get the setup right to qualify, even less if there was a red flag.

The session went green, and as expected, a line of 20 cars left the pits to frantically get the setup right. After 10 minutes, it was Lewis Hamilton on top, to the joy of the full crowd in the grandstands. He did run slightly wide at Copse the next lap but went faster on the lap after.

The session was busy but tame. No one was going off, but everyone was on the track. Red Bull made it a 1-2 by the halfway mark, with Max Verstappen heading his teammate. Valtteri Bottas was third, but almost two seconds back.

Ferrari and McLaren were doing something different early, as they were all outside the top 10, where the car pace is not. The early part of the session was good for Haas, with both drivers in the top 15 for a short period.

Then Hamilton got a blister on his front right tire, which was worrying for the man who won last year’s race with a flat tire. He pitted and would hope to find a solution to the blistering. With 20 minutes to go, it was qualifying simulation time, with the outright speed of the cars ready to be tested.

Carlos Sainz had a spin in sector 1, but the car was undamaged and he continued on. With 10 minutes left, it was Verstappen though, who was miles clear of anyone else. When McLaren went onto softer tires their speed became obvious. Lando Norris went second, with Daniel Ricciardo sixth. Hamilton, Bottas, and Perez were also in the top six.

Ferrari seemed strong too, with Charles Leclerc and Sainz getting into the top six near the end. Despite this, nobody could top Verstappen, who went fastest, almost a second ahead of Norris, with Hamilton third.

1M. VerstappenRed Bull Racing1.27.035
2L. NorrisMcLaren+0.779
3L. HamiltonMercedes+0.780
4C. LeclercFerrari+0.793
5V. BottasMercedes+0.862
6C. SainzFerrari+0.888
7S. VettelAston Martin+1.027
8S. PerezRed Bull Racing+1.128
9D. RicciardoMcLaren+1.176
10E. OconAlpine+1.380
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