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Verstappen over Hamilton in opening British GP practice
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Red Bull Honda driver Max Verstappen, using the softest red Pirelli's topped opening practice for the British GP at Silverstone over a sandbagging Lewis Hamilton on the harder medium Pirellis.

Lance Stroll was third quick in the Racing Point 'pink' Mercedes ahead of Alex Albon in the 2nd Red Bull Honda.

Charles Leclerc was third for Ferrari while his teammate Sebastian Vettel, who dusted him in Hungary, was never given a chance by Ferrari to set a time, his car supposedly with intercooler problems.

Valtteri Bottas was 6th quick in race trim on the hard tires in the 2nd Mercedes.

Mercedes has revealed that, as a precaution, it fitted a new MGU-K to Hamilton’s car, his second and last of the season.

Verstappen is approaching the British Grand Prix with caution, but hopes Red Bull can get within 0.5s of Mercedes.

The Silver Arrows have been dominant so far in 2020, taking pole and the win at all three races, whilst no non-Mercedes driver has been able to qualify within 0.5s of them to this point.

But if Verstappen can change that at Silverstone, then he thinks that will be a “good” job from Red Bull.

“Last year, we came here and we thought we were going to get smashed and we were within two tenths in qualifying,” he told reporters ahead of the race weekend.

”It can depend on a lot of things. For sure, they are the dominant team and they will be very fast. It can be from two tenths to a second – you don’t know, you really don’t know.

“I hope it’s not going to be a second, I hope not. I hope to be within half a second, that would be good I think.’’


133Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:27.422+0.000s26
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:27.896+0.474s26
318Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:28.004+0.582s21
423Alexander AlbonRed Bull Racing Honda1:28.129+0.707s23
516Charles LeclercFerrari1:28.221+0.799s21
677Valtteri BottasMercedes1:28.519+1.097s28
731Esteban OconRenault1:28.559+1.137s25
83Daniel RicciardoRenault1:28.575+1.153s21
927Nico HulkenbergRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:28.592+1.170s22
1026Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri Honda1:28.868+1.446s20
1110Pierre GaslyAlphatauri Honda1:28.909+1.487s23
1255Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:28.988+1.566s23
134Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:28.990+1.568s21
1420Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:29.532+2.110s22
158Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:29.576+2.154s24
167Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:29.746+2.324s23
1763George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:29.899+2.477s22
1899Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:29.925+2.503s16
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:30.703+3.281s19
205Sebastian VettelFerrariNo TimeNo Time2
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