F1 British Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Bottas quickest in FP3 ahead of Hamilton, Verstappen in third – latest updates – The Sun
LEWIS HAMILTON takes centre stage as F1 returns for the iconic British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The Brit is looking to claim a third-straight race win after a dominating performance in Hungary and has won his home race a record six times.
Today qualifying is on the agenda, with stars taking to the track to battle for pole.
- Qualifying commences at 2pm.
- Valtteri Bottas fastest in Q3 ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
- Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4 are showing the British Grand Prix weekend live.
- Channel 4 is FREE for all UK viewers.
Follow all the latest build-up ahead of race day on Sunday…
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Here are the third practice classifications as we edge nearer to qualifying at Silverstone.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
Lewis Hamilton has been speaking about the killing of George Floyd.
He said: “From my personal experience it brought up a lot of anger and a lot of pain from previous experiences I have had.
“I felt for me I could not stay silent at this time.
“This is not a battle or a fight against other races, this is asking for equality across the board.”
Sebastian Vettel has revealed that he has kissed a girl…
The four-time world champ was talking to Martin Brundle about the work he put in to become an F1 great.
And he said: “As a child I sacrificed my time, I didn't have the weekends off kissing girls and experimenting and doing that stuff when I was in puberty.
“I don't feel I missed out because I something better… I don't want to be rude but something better to do.”
Then he joked: “I got married last year so I still got to kiss a girl at some point!”
BOTTAS TOPS FP3
The Finn sets the quickest time of the session, beating Hamilton by 0.138.
Verstappen is third.
Stroll in fourth.
Hulkenberg in ninth.
ALBON GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS
He had an electrical fault on his car and yet to set a proper lap time while his teammate is in third place.
As for Ferrari, they are placed with Leclerc in fifth and Vettel in 10th.
The William duo of Russell and Latifi are in 14th and 16th respectively.
ALEX ALBON IS OUT ON TRACK
The London-born Thai racer has missed a chunk of this session. He's not got to get up to speed quickly.
He had that big crash yesterday and people have been critical of his performances.
That said, he has impressed on Sundays.
BOTTAS AND HAMILTON TRADING BLOWS
The two Mercedes drivers are swapping places at the top of the timesheets, then Max Verstappen and then Lance Stroll.
Nico Hulkenberg is really in the mix. He is up to fifth place in the pecking order. That is impressive.
HAMILTON POPS IN THE QUICKEST TIME
Still early in the session but I was interested to see how he would go.
He was not entirely happy with the car yesterday and said the team would work on it over night.
It seems to have done the trick.
The pitlane is open and the final practice for the British GP is underway.
Haas' Romain Grosjean is first out.
Following Nico Hulkenberg's dramatic late call-up to the Racing Point team for this weekend's British Grand Prix, let's take a look at some other super-subs to have graced Formula 1's glorious past.
WHAT'S THE POINT
Racing Point have confirmed that rumours surrounding Sergio Perez's contract possessing a July 31 exit clause were “unfounded”.
Then asked yesterday by Autosport, team principal Otmar Szafnauer said: “We usually don't like to disclose the details of our contracts.
“But I'll take this opportunity to tell you that option that you talk about expiring today [Friday] is not true.
“That's not the case.”
Nico Hulkenberg has reflected on his dramatic late call-up to the Racing Point team for this weekend's British Grand Prix.
He said: “The last 24 hours have been a bit special, crazy and wild.
“4.30pm yesterday afternoon I got the call, took the plane here, seat fitted until 2am, 8am this morning into the simulator for an hour, bit of prep work – so it was a short night, but all worthwhile.
“We didn’t have heaps of time because I had to be tested [for Covid] as well but the real deal, obviously today, we’ve got the programme in, we got a couple of laps or many laps, which I feel. I’ve been really thrown into the cold water here.”
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
It's been a dramatic 24 hours for Nico Hulkenberg, after receiving a late call up from Racing Point following Sergio Perez's positive test for Covid-19.
The German will be taking part in qualifying at Silverstone later today.
GOOD MORNING, F1 FANS
Lance Stroll's Racing Point led the way in second practice for Sunday's British GP – as Red Bull's Alexander Albon crashed heavily.
Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and reigning F1 champ Lewis Hamilton struggled to third and fifth places in windy Silverstone conditions unsuited to softer tyres.
Albon suffered his smash-up at Stowe but was still second, 0.090 seconds behind Stroll.
Anglo-Thai ace Albon and team-mate Max Verstappen have regularly lost the back of their car mid-corner, showing the car's new design lacks stability.
Meanwhile, Damon Hill fears F1's anti-racism message could fizzle out.
Hamilton has pioneered the 'we race as one' campaigns and, while a pre-race protest is planned for Sunday's British GP, Hill thinks drivers could get fed up with it.
The 1996 title winner said: “People don't like being told what to do. They also tire of things quite quickly.
“You don't want to wear out people's sympathies so it is going to be a challenge to keep the flag flying for Lewis' cause.”
Hamilton had used his social media platforms to criticise three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, 81, and Mario Andretti, 80, after both spoke about racism.
Stewart said there “was no resistance to change” in Formula One, while American Andretti, the 1978 world champion, accused Hamilton of “creating a problem that doesn't exist”.
Hamilton, 35, lashed back, calling Andretti “ignorant” and Stewart's comments “disappointing”.
BLUE IS THE COLOUR
It's another beautiful day at Silverstone and we're set to bring you all the drama from what should be a terrific qualifying session this afternoon.
FP3 is at 11am, before our F1 stars battle for grid position at 2pm.
LECLERC: FERRARI MUST TINKER
Charles Leclerc believes Ferrari's “radical approach” pays dividend in practice but so far is costly in races.
The Monegasque praised his car's downforce performance in single laps but feel it is “struggling massively” for “race pace”.
Aftr ending FP2 fourth ahead of Sunday's British GP,the 22-year-old said: “We can still change quite a lot of things, so we’ll try to understand what we can change to maybe sacrifice a bit more the quali pace to be better in the race.
“The quali pace is a bit better than what we expected to be honest. This is good.
“The race pace we have been struggling massively, so we definitely need to work on that.”
RACING POINT STILL WANT TWO DRIVERS
Just a reminder that Sergio Perez has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday's British Grand Prix.
The Mexican, who drives for the Silverstone-based Racing Point team, has been placed into isolation, along with a handful of staff who he made contact with.
Perez, 30, took a pre-event test that was inconclusive but a second test on Thursday has confirmed the diagnosis.
The British GP will still go ahead as planned and the team are now weighing up who will replace him.
A statement from Racing Point said: “Our intention is to race two cars on Sunday. We will communicate the next steps for our British Grand Prix weekend in due course.”
Perez is the first driver to test positive since the sport returned on July 5th with a double-header in Austria and one race in Hungary.
LEWIS BLASTS LEGENDS
Lewis Hamilton has used his social media platforms to criticise three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, 81, and Mario Andretti, 80, after both spoke about racism.
Stewart said there “was no resistance to change” in Formula One, while American Andretti, the 1978 world champion, accused Hamilton of “creating a problem that doesn't exist.”
Hamilton, 35, lashed back,calling Andretti “ignorant” and Stewart's comments “disappointing” and Hill says he needs to be careful in doing so.
He added: “You have to be very careful with showing respect and slinging accusations around.
“I don't believe that Sir Jackie Stewart is racist. I don't believe that Mario Andretti doesn't understand the situation at all. Both men are experienced and worldly.
“Don't forget the Springfield Youth Club in Hackney which Jackie is the President of. Nearly all the families are from a black background so that has been an encouraging and positive endorsement that the Stewart family has been involved with.”
STROLL TOPS FP2
Lance Stroll was the quickest in second practice for Racing Point – a timely boost for the team following Sergio Perez's positive COVID-19 test.
The Mexican's replacement, Nico Hulkenberg was quickly up to speed and finished the session in seventh. Not too bad at all.
Alex Albon was second-quickest in his Red Bull but made another high-profile mistake and crashed out.
Bottas third, Leclerc fourth and Hamilton down in fifth.
Vettel? Only 18th quickest in FP2.
VETTEL'S NIGHTMARE CONTINUES
Someone Tweeted me the other day asking if I thought Vettel would walk out of Ferrari before his contract expired at the end of the season.
“No way,” I thought. He is not a quitter, plus this is Ferrari. And it could be the last time he drives and F1 car.
But…after today and seeing his face in the garage as his mechanics tried to fix his car, I am not too sure.
He looked fed up, and who can blame him? The team have turned their backs on him and gone for Carlos Sainz, and that Ferrari is an absolute dog.
The on-board video footage shows you just how bad it is. It is slow on the straights and the handling in the corners is shocking.
I HOPE HAMILTON KEEPS FIGHTING
Damon Hill added:“It is entirely appropriate for Lewis to carry on.
“Everyone is behind him, everyone gets what he wants to do and the support is there in helping black people achieve their goal of being rid of prejudice and injustices.
“That is a constant battle but there are other causes, too. Does Sebastian Vettel have an initiative to support, for example? Teams want to support charities also.
“For it now onwards to all be about Black Lives Matter is wrong.
And if it just becomes about Lewis' campaign I fear it will be bound solely on him. I would hate to see that happen.”
WORD ON RENAULT
They don't feature too much in these blogs, and there is a good reason.
Despite promising so much; two solid drivers, their own engine plant… they under deliver. Massively.
A lacklustre ninth place for Daniel Ricciardo and 12th for Esteban Ocon at the moment.
Mid-table mediocrity with a top-four budget.
DAMON: WE RELY ON LEW TOO MUCH
Damon Hill fears F1's anti-racism message could fizzle out.
Lewis Hamilton has pioneered the fight behind F1's 'end racism' and 'we race as one' campaigns and while a pre-race protest is planned for Sunday's British GP,
Hill thinks drivers could get fed up with it.
The 1996 title winner says the current F1 champ could be forced to carry the banner alone.
He said: “People don't like being told what to do. They also tire of things quite quickly.
“The support can be there initially but how do you go forward with this? You don't want to wear out people's sympathies so it is going to be a challenge to keep the flag flying for Lewis' cause.”
VETTEL IS OUT
The German now has some laps on the board are a frustrating few hours. 11 laps at the moment with a time that puts him down in 18th place.
WE ARE GO AGAIN
Albon's Red Bull has been recovered and the crash barrier has been checked over.
The pitlane is now open again. It will be a busy 35 minutes.
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