Hamilton over Vettel in final Silverstone practice

Hamilton quickest
Hamilton quickest

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
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.

Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.063 +0.000s 18
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.095 +0.032s 14
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:28.137 +0.074s 20
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:28.732 +0.669s 15
5 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:29.480 +1.417s 14
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
14 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:30.302 +2.239s 16
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

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