Red Bull crush the opposition

Max Verstappen led FP3 in Silverstone for the first time since the opening round in Bahrain. The Red Bull driver crushed the opposition as with his first timed run he was 0.5 seconds quicker than the rest. Verstappen repeated the feat with about 15 minutes to go, blitzing Charles LeClerc’s Ferrari by 0.44 seconds.

Damon Hill believes the Red Bull team may be about to run away with the British GP. “Were saw the Red Bull stretching it’s legs – they had a lot in hand – and they didn’t show it until the very end”.

Sky’s commentator Karun Chandhok believes, “its looking like a weekend that is Max Verstappen’s to lose”.

Sergio Perez who had struggled most of the weekend then slipped his car into P2 but he too was miles behind Verstappen +0.41seconds.

Both Ferrari drivers reported bouncing during the session whilst Mercedes George Russell claimed the troublesome W13 was fairly free of ‘porpoising’ reporting the bouncing in turn 6-7.

Meanwhile Mercedes upgrades seem to have drawn them closer to their nearest rivals Ferrari.

“Ferrari have got themselves a problem,” commented Damon Hill. “And its Mercedes”.

 

 

The W13 appeared to match the Ferrari in sectors 1 and 3, but both Russell and Hamilton lost time in sector 2 to Charles LeClerc.

When asked whether rain was due for qualifying the McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl replied, “We are ready for all eventualities”.

Lando Norris was the best placed driver outside the top 3 teams in P7 though his team mate Daniel Ricciardo was nowhere over a second slower than Norris.

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Position Number Driver Team Model Time Gap Laps
1 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull RB18 1’27.901   18
2 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull RB18 1’28.311 0.410 21
3 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 1’28.348 0.447 21
4 63 George Russell Mercedes W13 1’28.426 0.525 21
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 1’28.488 0.587 24
6 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari F1-75 1’28.689 0.788 21
7 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes MCL36 1’29.102 1.201 20
8 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42 1’29.185 1.284 20
9 47 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari VF-22 1’29.510 1.609 21
10 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault A522 1’29.520 1.619 20
11 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault A522 1’29.552 1.651 24
12 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22 1’29.593 1.692 25
13 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42 1’29.752 1.851 17
14 23 Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes FW44 1’29.780 1.879 22
15 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03 1’29.885 1.984 23
16 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22 1’29.892 1.991 26
17 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03 1’30.039 2.138 22
18 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes MCL36 1’30.293 2.392 21
19 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes FW44 1’30.489 2.588 16
20 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari VF-22 1’30.523 2.622 19
Results table from Racefans.net

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