Lewis Hamilton is all but set to take pole position for his home British Grand Prix as he set fastest time in final practice Saturday morning before rain slowed the action 40 minutes into the session at Silverstone.
Hamilton's lap of 1m28.063s in his Mercedes was 0.032sec faster than Sebastian Vettel who was second in the Ferrari at 1m28.095s.
On supersofts just 0.074s separated Hamilton in first to Valtteri Bottas in third in the 2nd Mercedes,
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in the second Ferrari, while Nico Hulkenberg proved his Friday pace was no fluke as he took fifth for Renault.
Daniel Ricciardo, who like Bottas has a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, finished sixth for Red Bull, separated from team mate Max Verstappen by Haas’s Romain Grosjean. Williams’ Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top ten.
|Vettel almost matched Hamilton's time|
The session began under a dark sky, and saw Hamilton and Bottas resuming their fight from yesterday. Hamilton set the ball rolling with 1m 29.544s on soft tyres before Bottas trimmed that to 1m 29.393s, as Raikkonen used supersofts for 1m 29.897s in his Ferrari. Hamilton then cut down to 1m 29.069s, again on softs, before Bottas replied with 1m 28.827s and Raikkonen improved to 1m 29.395s. When Hamilton improved to 1m 28.747s, however, Bottas did not have a reply.
Hamilton finally set the benchmark at 1m 28.063s on supersofts, with Bottas next on 1m 28.214s on similar rubber, before the already supersoft-shod Vettel pushed between them with 1m 28.095s. Subsequently, Bottas improved to 1m 28.137s, Raikkonen to 1m 28.732s.
Fernando Alonso was 11th, 0.05s behind his McLaren Honda teammate in 10th. The Spaniard has a 25-place grid penalty for tomorrow's race though, so any excitement at McLaren's improvement in form will be short lived.
|6||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:29.612||+1.549s||15|
|7||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:29.819||+1.756s||14|
|8||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:29.904||+1.841s||13|
|9||19||Felipe Massa||Williams Mercedes||1:29.959||+1.896s||19|
|10||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Honda||1:30.088||+2.025s||19|
|11||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||1:30.138||+2.075s||17|
|12||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India Mercedes||1:30.172||+2.109s||19|
|13||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:30.270||+2.207s||15|
|15||11||Sergio Perez||Force India Mercedes||1:30.416||+2.353s||16|
|16||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:30.504||+2.441s||20|
|17||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:30.515||+2.452s||19|
|18||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber Ferrari||1:30.621||+2.558s||24|
|19||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber Ferrari||1:30.630||+2.567s||24|
|20||18||Lance Stroll||Williams Mercedes||1:31.358||+3.295s||18|