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British Grand Prix: Max Verstappen sets pace in first practice at Silverstone

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen set an imposing pace in first practice at the British Grand Prix on Formula 1's new-format weekend.

The Dutchman was 0.779 seconds clear of the field in the only session before qualifying, with rival Lewis Hamilton third behind McLaren's Lando Norris.

Hamilton was 0.780secs behind Verstappen and when told of the gap, he said: "Where does that come from?"

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was fourth, ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.

On a revised weekend, in front of a capacity crowd asked to provide proof of double vaccination status or a negative Covid test before admittance, qualifying will take place later on Friday at 18:00 BST.

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That will establish the grid positions for Saturday's 'sprint', a 17-lap race that will set the grid for the main Grand Prix on Sunday.

There will be championship points for the 'sprint' event, with three going to the winner, two for second and one for third.

The winner of the sprint race will be officially recognised as the driver who scored pole position.

Hamilton said on Thursday that he needed to win both the sprint and the main Grand Prix to revive his title hopes.

The 36-year-old seven-time champion is 32 points behind Verstappen, who has won four of the past five races, with team-mate Sergio Perez talking the other.

Verstappen will leave Silverstone still at the head of the championship on Sunday even if he scores no points at all and Hamilton wins both races.

Behind Bottas, Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was sixth quickest, ahead of Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel, Perez, the second McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon's Alpine.

The third Briton in the race, Williams' George Russell, was 20th and slowest of all.

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Comment posted by rufc_dean, today at 15:48rufc_dean

15:48F1 is a mix of a great car, a great driver and a great team too. At the minute- Red Bull have all 3 and they are miles ahead. I just hope Max doesn’t run away with it as if he does, it’s no different to last season when Lewis did324R

Reply posted by Robofleeds, today at 15:54Robofleeds

15:54to rufc_dean"F1 is a mix of a great car, a great driver and a great team too. At the minute- Red Bull have all 3 and they are miles ahead. I just hope Max doesn’t run away with it as if he does, it’s no different to last season when Lewis did"Robofleeds replied: They have two and the other handed to them by FIA rule changes3929More replies (13)downP

Comment posted by pedelibero, today at 16:27pedelibero

16:27All great drivers did one thing in their career, Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel. They all outdrove their car. Welcome to the club Norris.250A

Reply posted by Antlion, today at 16:41Antlion

16:41to pedelibero"All great drivers did one thing in their career, Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel. They all outdrove their car. Welcome to the club Norris."Antlion replied: They were gifted the best cars on the grid when no other team could match them and the driver needed to do is stay ahead of their more average teammates.

Hamilton – Kovalainen, Rosberg and Bottas
Alonso – Fisichella
Vettel – Webber, Raikkonen.

The drivers specifically are ones that were in a dominant car rather than in cars that could win occasionally or just struggle to make the podium.08O

Comment posted by oobiedoobie, today at 16:03oobiedoobie

16:03I know it’s not popular with the toxic Red Bull fans but Mercedes have a low rake car design in a year when the aero rules favour high rake.
Same thing happened 2-3 years ago when FIA tried slowing Mercedes but got it wrong and penalised high rake. That year, Red Bull were able to spend to recover but that isn’t happening in a cost cap year.
The championship is over for this year. Congrats to Max307I

Reply posted by I Am Not Lord Lucan, today at 16:26I Am Not Lord Lucan

16:26to oobiedoobie"I know it’s not popular with the toxic Red Bull fans but Mercedes have a low rake car design in a year when the aero rules favour high rake.Same thing happened 2-3 years ago when FIA tried slowing Mercedes but got it wrong and penalised high rake. That year, Red Bull were able to spend to recover but that isn’t happening in a cost cap year. The championship is over for this year. Congrats to Max"I Am Not Lord Lucan replied: Its no longer even worth watching, just see the highlights of the race to see if anything happened otherwise its not worth wasting your time tuning in to see a rigged farce being praised by the dishonest presenters as the best season ever.2013More replies (5)downC

Comment posted by CptRedDog, today at 15:56CptRedDog

15:56Shame that Red Bull seem to be walking away with it now. Feels like Merc are switching attention to 2022.231I

Reply posted by I Am Not Lord Lucan, today at 16:08I Am Not Lord Lucan

16:08to CptRedDog"Shame that Red Bull seem to be walking away with it now. Feels like Merc are switching attention to 2022."I Am Not Lord Lucan replied: Theres nothing Merc can do, the rules have been rigged for Redbull to win and Merc can’t challenge them with both hands tied behind their backs by the rigged rules the FIA brought in to slow them down.1721More replies (1)downC

Comment posted by Cerebelum, today at 16:11Cerebelum

16:11Me thinks the FiA swung ye olde nerf bat a bit harder than they intended, eh?244T

Reply posted by Teddy, today at 16:22Teddy

16:22to Cerebelum"Me thinks the FiA swung ye olde nerf bat a bit harder than they intended, eh?"Teddy replied: What does Mercedes use that Red Bull doesn’t? Ooo low rake, yeah lets pick on that.

Sorry Aston Martin you’re just collateral damage :)114More replies (3)downG

Comment posted by goldngoose, today at 16:06goldngoose

16:06I’m enjoying the competition this year as the past few have been a little on the boring side. I hope McLaren and the Mercs can keep pressure on Red Bull180P

Reply posted by Pol, today at 16:35Pol

16:35to goldngoose"I’m enjoying the competition this year as the past few have been a little on the boring side. I hope McLaren and the Mercs can keep pressure on Red Bull"Pol replied: We’re just double checking this comment.More replies (3)downP

Comment posted by padhyde, today at 16:11padhyde

16:11Simply don’t understand the Hamilton haters.3216P

Reply posted by Portchy, today at 16:23Portchy

16:23to padhyde"Simply don’t understand the Hamilton haters."Portchy replied: I don’t hate LH in any way shape or form. Admire the bloke actually, but even he is indicating that with a field of top level drivers it is indeed down to who has the better car.133More replies (12)downH

Comment posted by harold, today at 15:59harold

15:59Sprint race qualifying would have been better tried at the last race – since they’d already run a “standard” weekend on the same track the weekend before so would have been able to better qualitify the effect.

If they want to mix things up just have drivers pull numbers out of a hat.172S

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Reply posted by Scousepower, today at 16:02Scousepower

16:02to harold"Sprint race qualifying would have been better tried at the last race – since they’d already run a “standard” weekend on the same track the weekend before so would have been able to better qualitify the effect. If they want to mix things up just have drivers pull numbers out of a hat."Scousepower replied: Best wait and see how the weekend goes before criticising it maybe?73More replies (3)downR

Comment posted by Robofleeds, today at 16:28Robofleeds

16:28The only thing Red Bull are truly deserving of this year is winning at politics. Ban on engine modes and DAS and a change in rules to fit their design. Sublime.154B

Reply posted by BenRinnes, today at 16:47BenRinnes

16:47to Robofleeds"The only thing Red Bull are truly deserving of this year is winning at politics. Ban on engine modes and DAS and a change in rules to fit their design. Sublime."BenRinnes replied: And a year of slimey Horner talking smuggly to anyone that’ll listen. Cannot stand that bloke.52More replies (1)downM

Comment posted by Maxilos, today at 16:18Maxilos

16:18this season is becoming another bore-fest very quickly, trading Merc dominance for Red Bull dominance is no better.

any true fans of the sport will want a season where the winner cant be predicted after FP1, this dominance by Max is making it clear the seasons is becomming a one man show and just like when Lewis won nearly everything it is BORING.102C

Reply posted by Craamron, today at 16:30Craamron

16:30to Maxilos"this season is becoming another bore-fest very quickly, trading Merc dominance for Red Bull dominance is no better.any true fans of the sport will want a season where the winner cant be predicted after FP1, this dominance by Max is making it clear the seasons is becomming a one man show and just like when Lewis won nearly everything it is BORING."Craamron replied: A very exciting midfield though, great for everyone except those who only look at the name of the winner after each race.41More replies (4)downA

Comment posted by Adrian, today at 15:45Adrian

15:45Nice to hear Ben Edwards back on the radio again.91C

Comment posted by Chirpy, today at 16:22Chirpy

16:22Looking good for Max. Excellent work Lando.70C

Reply posted by Celts, today at 16:58Celts

16:58to Chirpy"Looking good for Max. Excellent work Lando."Celts replied: Max out paces his teammate by 1.1 seconds. Hamilton out paces his teammate by 0.08 seconds.

It’s not the car. Max is just a better driver.10G

Comment posted by GlosAndy, today at 16:16GlosAndy

16:16All of a sudden Hamilton doesn’t have the best car and he is struggling. F1 is a farce, best car normally wins, overtaking via pitstops???!!!!!! That’s not racing. Verstappen would be even further in front in the championship without a puncture.158P

Reply posted by Paul2021, today at 16:22Paul2021

16:22to GlosAndy"All of a sudden Hamilton doesn’t have the best car and he is struggling. F1 is a farce, best car normally wins, overtaking via pitstops???!!!!!! That’s not racing. Verstappen would be even further in front in the championship without a puncture."Paul2021 replied: We’re just double checking this comment.More replies (4)downR

Comment posted by R Soul, today at 16:36R Soul

16:36Have to be careful reading too much into a practice session but Lando posted that second fastest time on mediums. Impressive what he can do in the high rake McLaren compared to the Mercedes with the same power unit.50A

Comment posted by A Chap, today at 16:17A Chap

16:17Great to see footage of the packed stands. Virtually every spectator wearing a face mask… er… and social-distancing… er…

How many new cases today? 50,000? Expect another 140,000 shortly.116N

Reply posted by Nico_S, today at 16:21Nico_S

16:21to A Chap"Great to see footage of the packed stands. Virtually every spectator wearing a face mask… er… and social-distancing… er…How many new cases today? 50,000? Expect another 140,000 shortly."Nico_S replied: So the ‘vaccinations’ and negative tests don’t work, then?75More replies (8)downJ

Comment posted by jasonh, today at 16:53jasonh

16:53Looks like the Mercedes upgrades weren’t enough.

What they need is a Max Verstappen!63G

Comment posted by Geoff Allen, today at 16:45Geoff Allen

16:45Love the way Hamilton renews his contract far earlier than usual when he realises that he’s not got the fastest car on the track for once.41F

Reply posted by F1Great, today at 16:46F1Great

16:46to Geoff Allen"Love the way Hamilton renews his contract far earlier than usual when he realises that he’s not got the fastest car on the track for once."F1Great replied: Smart.00More replies (2)downG

Comment posted by Gary, today at 16:41Gary

16:41F1 is the watching paint dry of the motorsports industry these days.30R

Reply posted by R Soul, today at 16:43R Soul

16:43to Gary"F1 is the watching paint dry of the motorsports industry these days."R Soul replied: It’s not all about you Gary.00G

Comment posted by gpfan, today at 17:00gpfan

17:00That’s a shame. I wonder what all of the Lew-lew lovers are saying now?

It’s the car!
The others are cheating!
Toto is favouring the German!20R

Reply posted by R Soul, today at 17:06R Soul

17:06to gpfan"That’s a shame. I wonder what all of the Lew-lew lovers are saying now? It’s the car! The others are cheating! Toto is favouring the German!"R Soul replied: Time are moving on. You can take nothing away from Lewis’ achievements over his career. Especially as you would be trying to impose your random web troll opinion over the experts who actually work in the F1 paddock and pay the big money. They all rate LH, you don’t. I know who I would listen to.00M

Comment posted by mark17, today at 16:57mark17

16:57yes hamilton can win in any car a widely used quote from his supporters20G

Reply posted by gpfan, today at 16:59gpfan

16:59to mark17"yes hamilton can win in any car a widely used quote from his supporters"gpfan replied: Except, of course, the cars that are not by and far the best, or those driven by Nico.
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