British GP 2020 FP1 - Max Verstappen takes top spot in Silverstone sunshine

In the first practice session of the weekend, Max Verstappen managed to set the quickest time in scorching conditions at Silverstone, with Lewis Hamilton and Lance Stroll taking up the second and third positions. It was yet another disappointing showing for the Ferrari powered cars, with them lingering towards the bottom of the pack yet again.

Nico's Return

The main news coming into the Friday session was that Nico Hulkenberg returned to replace Sergio Perez, following his positive Coronavirus test on Thursday. This will be Hulkenberg's first race outing since Abu Dhabi for the last race of the 2019 season.

There were many candidates for the drive, mainly links to the Mercedes test drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez, however the Belgian is due to race in the Formula E  this weekend in Germany, and the Mexican may not be eligible to race due to his super licence, allegedly.

Despite this being Hulkenberg's first race back since December, he still managed to be in the top 10 for the majority of the session, with him being 1.1 seconds behind  Verstappen and 0.6 behind his team mate for the weekend, Lance Stroll.

Teething Issues

The first red flag of the weekend was bought out by the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi, as the Italian driver spun on the entry for the Hangar straight, in the process decimating his tires. The return to the pit lane caused the tyres to spread rubber across the track, hindering other cars. His team mate, Kimi Raikkonen also suffered a spin early in the session.

The Ferrari powered cars looked to struggle in the session, with both Haas and Alfa Romeo lingering towards the bottom of the timesheet for the majority of the session, with Charles Leclerc being the highest placed in fifth.

One man didn't make a trip out of the pit lane during FP1, that man was Sebastian Vettel. The car was stricken in the pit lane with and inter cooler issue with the turbo, causing the German to not be able to set a lap. 

British GP FP1 Results 

  1. Max Verstappen - 1.27.422
  2. Lewis Hamilton +0.747
  3. Lance Stroll +0.582
  4. Alexander Albon +0.707
  5. Charles Leclerc +0.799
  6. Valtteri Bottas +1.097
  7. Esteban Ocon +1.137
  8. Daniel Ricciardo +1.153
  9. Nico Hulkenberg +1.170
  10. Daniil Kvyat +1.446
  11. Pierre Gasly +1.487
  12. Carlos Sainz +1.566
  13. Lando Norris +1.568
  14. Kevin Magnussen +2.110
  15. Romain Grosjean +2.154
  16. Kimi Raikkonen +2.324
  17. George Russell +2.477
  18. Antonio Giovinazzi +2.503
  19. Nicholas Latifi +3.281
  20. Sebastian Vettel - No Time