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Formula 1 British GP

F1 British GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

Friday's action from the 10th round of the 2023 Formula 1 season

F1 enters double figures for the season with Silverstone hosting the 10th race weekend of 2023 as Red Bull looks to extend its perfect win record.

Max Verstappen has been dominant this term with a personal victory haul of seven creating an 81-point lead at the top of the drivers' standings. 

Reverting back to a regular schedule following the Austrian sprint, Friday will see two one-hour practice sessions, with FP1 beginning at 12:30pm BST and FP2 at 4pm BST.

By: Stefan Mackley, Haydn Cobb, Sam Hall

Summary
  • Verstappen fastest in FP2 for F1 British GP ahead of Sainz and Albon
  • Leclerc suffers electrical problem which prevents any running
  • Verstappen led Red Bull 1-2 in first practice at Silverstone
  • Albon best of the rest for Williams in third, almost half a second off
Leaderboard
  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Sainz, Ferrari
  3. Albon, Williams
  4. Perez, Red Bull
  5. Sargeant, Williams
  6. Stroll, Aston Martin
  7. Hulkenberg, Haas
  8. Gasly, Alpine
  9. Piastri, McLaren
  10. Alonso, Aston Martin
Status: Stopped
And with that, it's time to bid farewell for the day. Remember to follow us on social media to keep up to date with all the new direct from the paddock. 

As ever, thanks for joining us. And if you need a recap of FP2, here it is! 

https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/f1-british-gp-verstappen-leads-sainz-by-0022s-as-leclerc-misses-fp2/10492829/
Both Zhou and Verstappen have reported feeling as though there is something loose in their cockpits after completing their practice starts. That is not something you ever want in any car.
Given the placing of the pitlane exit at Silverstone, the drivers are permitted to complete a practice start from the grid following the conclusion of this session.
The front-left left go through Turn 2 as he approached Village. His AlphaTauri will need to be recovered back to the garage before his team can assess any damage caused.
After the chequered flag, de Vries has stopped at the side of the track with a puncture.
And that marks the end of Friday running at Silverstone.
Friday is always too early to join the hype train for a team that has performed surprisingly well. But Williams...when can we buy a ticket for that train?

Albon P3 and Sargeant P5 - what a performance!
The chequered flag should be about to drop but, as there was a five minute delay to the start of the session, we are now entering the final five minutes of action for the day.
When looking at the race pace, the news remains bleak for Mercedes with over half the field looking to have stronger pace at this stage.
"I've got no grip. Sliding all over the place," reports Russell. Verstappen was also complaining about a lack of grid, but he is fastest and Russell is P12. 

Add this to the list of concerns for Mercedes!
Into the final 13 minutes. Mercedes is completing some aero testing and has covered Russell's new front wing with flo-vis paint.
Ouch! "I've got a stone that hit my finger," reports Stroll. He - quite literally - shakes off the pain and continues.
While only half the cars are on track and no fast times are being posted, let us know your thoughts on the 'Chrome' McLaren livery. Fantastic? Underwhelming?
Other than Albon, it has been a tough day for the British drivers so far with Russell P12, Norris P14 and Hamilton P15.
Up he goes, from P18 to P11, besting both Mercedes drivers.
The only driver currently setting personal bests and possibly attempting a last-minute qualifying simulation is Zhou Guanyu.
After all the qualifying simulation efforts, we now dive into the monotony of the long runs. 

Soft tyres remain the preference with only Stroll and Hulkenberg fitting the hard compound.
The action in Leclerc's garage looks to have calmed, and he is almost certain not to take part in this session. He will be relying on Sainz to collect all the tyre data for Sunday's race.
From P16, Russell is on his best lap so far. 

He crosses the line and climbs to P11, pushing Hamilton back one place. If this repeats in qualifying, both Mercedes drivers would be out in Q2.
That wasn't another cooldown from Hamilton, it was actually his fastest lap so far. He improves to P11. 

If this is sandbagging from Mercedes, it's an extremely bold tactic.
No improvement in the first sector, so Hamilton may be going for a double cooldown lap before getting the hammer down.
That is hugely concerning for Hamilton. He records a 1m29.583s which leaves him in P14. He is lapping slowly this time but will likely go for another time after this cooldown lap.
Alonso is instructed to slow down as something is "caught in the front left.
It's very busy in the McLaren garage as mechanics are crowded around Norris' car. Just what the issue is remains unclear.
Now for Hamilton's repost. He leaves the garage and will soon begin his soft tyre effort.
Sargeant backs Albon's pace as he positions himself in the top five.
But Albon is now pushed back by Sainz, who goes to P2 - 0.022s slower than Verstappen! Could we have a race on our hands?