Gasly shocks – fastest in opening British GP practice

Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly

In a shock to the entire Silverstone paddock, and statements like someone must be cheating, Pierre Gasly has topped opening practice for the British GP by a massive 0.456s.

In reality it was a low fuel qualifying simulation run that is usually done in P3 to give the Red Bull rookie some positive PR after being shamed by his teammate all year.

Valtteri Bottas was 2nd for Mercedes ahead of Max Verstappen in the 2nd Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) rounded out the top-5.

A number of drivers had offs and spins including Leclerc and Verstappen, but none more embarrassing than Romain Grosjean who exited his garage and promptly spun on pit lane breaking the nose of his car. He then later spun on the track and the Frenchman looks more and more likely to lose his ride in 2020.

Practice 1 Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Honda 1:27.173 +0.000s 24
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:27.629 +0.456s 28
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:28.009 +0.836s 20
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.122 +0.949s 25
5 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:28.253 +1.080s 20
6 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.304 +1.131s 20
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:28.803 +1.630s 20
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:29.031 +1.858s 23
9 23 Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:29.093 +1.920s 25
10 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:29.162 +1.989s 30
11 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:29.170 +1.997s 22
12 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Bwt Mercedes 1:29.453 +2.280s 26
13 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:29.500 +2.327s 26
14 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Bwt Mercedes 1:29.657 +2.484s 24
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:30.099 +2.926s 24
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:30.605 +3.432s 24
17 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:30.741 +3.568s 24
18 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:30.747 +3.574s 12
19 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:30.811 +3.638s 21
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:32.121 +4.948s 26

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