British GP: Bottas leads Hamilton in rain-hit FP1

Valtteri Bottas topped a damp first Formula 1 practice for the British Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton, as poor weather disrupted the opening session of the weekend.

British GP: Bottas leads Hamilton in rain-hit FP1
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The Alfa Romeo driver was battling the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc for much of the hour-long practice, taking third place with his first attempt, a 1m46.056s.

Leclerc led early on, with Sainz then taking the top spot, before Bottas demoted the pair, setting a 1m42.249s with just five minutes left on the clock.

The session was ended prematurely after Aston Martin's Lance Stroll ran wide on the wet patches at Copse, losing the rear end an ending up beached in the gravel trap.

Hamilton made a late dash to second, 0.5s behind his former teammate, while Sainz and Leclerc took third and fourth respectively.

Heavy, dark rain clouds descended on the Northamptonshire circuit ahead of the session, with steady showers prompting a slow start to running.

The Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were first to emerge from the pits to cheers from their home crowd, while the Ferrari pair of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc followed soon after.

Both Britons and Sainz opted for an installation lap and pitted, while Leclerc went on to put the first time of the weekend on the board with a 1m44.769s.

Varying conditions on the 5.891km circuit complicated matters for the teams, with the track far wetter around Copse, while heading from Stowe towards the Hamilton Straight remained largely dry.

Leclerc improved to a 1m43.801s on his second attempt, which remained the only one on the timesheet for 10 minutes, before Yuki Tsunoda put in a 1m51.373s in his AlphaTauri.

Sebastian Vettel was next out on track, before teammate Lance Stroll slotted into second place, albeit 10s behind Leclerc.

Sainz was next to put in a representative lap, with a 1m49s exactly putting him behind his teammate, before improving to take the top spot on his second lap with a 1m42.967s.

A brief flurry of fast laps saw Kevin Magnussen take second place from Leclerc to split the Ferraris before Sainz's second attempt, while the Alfa Romeos traded third place, with Zhou setting a 1m46.171s before Bottas went just over 0.1s quicker.

The former Mercedes driver then set a 1m43.437s to split the Ferraris, running just under 0.4s ahead of Leclerc in third.

Less than half of the grid had times on the board at the halfway point, with the rain then resuming to further complicate proceedings.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who had put in just one installation lap with 20 minutes left on the clock, was seen chatting to his father Jos in the garage, while Hamilton emerged to wave to adoring fans.

The seven-time world champion took to the track tentatively with 10 minutes remaining, battling a damp Sector 2 and a strong headwind into Turn 15 to take seventh place with a 1m49.476s, over 6.5s off Sainz in the lead, before shaving off almost five seconds on his next attempt.

Bottas improved to second to split the Ferraris before taking the top spot, before much of the field emerged with five minutes remaining as conditions improved.

Hamilton's late dash to second demoted Sainz and Leclerc, but was not enough to take the top spot.

Mick Schumacher finished in fifth for Haas, with Zhou Guanyu splitting the German and his teammate, Kevin Magnussen, in seventh.

Stroll took eighth despite his late crash, with Tsunoda and Vettel rounding out the top 10. The rest of the grid didn't record a timed lap.

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari 9 1'42.249  
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 10 1'42.781 0.532
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari Ferrari 8 1'42.967 0.718
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 7 1'43.801 1.552
5 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 3 1'43.895 1.646
6 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari 4 1'46.171 3.922
7 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 3 1'48.161 5.912
8 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 5 1'51.243 8.994
9 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Red Bull 5 1'51.373 9.124
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 5 1'59.168 16.919
11 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes Mercedes 2    
12 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull Red Bull 3    
13 France Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 2    
14 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1    
15 Thailand Alex Albon Williams Mercedes 1    
16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 4    
17 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Red Bull 3    
18 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 4    
19 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1    
20 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Red Bull 3    
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