Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

British F1 Grand Prix Preview

British F1 Grand Prix Preview

Mercedes' one-two in both practice sessions was a "really promising start" to the British Grand Prix weekend, according to Silver Arrows technical director James Allison. It marked the second grand prix in succession in which a Mercedes driver has been penalised for a gearbox change. He hasn't finished worse than fourth in any race.

Hamilton, seeking a fourth consecutive home win and a fifth overall, said he had spent two days away on holiday in Greece to escape from the pressures of Formula One between the two races.

Hamilton is looking to re-ignite his title challenge, having slipped 20 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel.

But stewards promptly decided no investigation was warranted and Vettel went fastest before Hamilton and Bottas regained the top places ahead of the final drama.

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Hamilton was investigated by the officials after claiming Silverstone pole position as Haas driver Grosjean claimed he had been held up by the Mercedes early in Q3. That was a reference to his qualifying third in Austria last week, which meant he started eighth following a gearbox penalty for the same reason as Bottas has his rather than eighth.

"I was coming around to start my lap, Valtteri [Bottas] was up ahead, so I was, as we all do, trying to get the space".

Bottas ended the hour's action in the garage alongside Hamilton as Mercedes reacted to their problems by undertaking a careful examination of the machinery.

Also bowing out at that stage were Daniil Kvyat, Alonso, Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa, the latter's exit capping a miserable day for Williams who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this weekend.

Despite the gap in qualifying, Vettel - who felt the vehicle had "come alive" between Friday and Saturday morning practice - admitted he was expecting the Ferrari to be more competitive in race trim, as has often been the case in 2017. Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was sixth, 0.4s down on Verstappen after a messy sequence of corners through the Maggots-Becketts complex which cost him time.

Verstappen was involved in an amusing moment of team radio when his engineer warned him about yellow caution flags at Turn Seven, only for Verstappen, who had just run wide at the corner, to reply: "Yes, because of me".

Hamilton, who clocked his best lap of one minute and 28.063 seconds, was 0.032 seconds quicker than Vettel during a practice session which was hit by rain, Sport24 reported.

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