British GP: Gasly sets pace in eventful FP1
Pierre Gasly topped a disrupted first practice session for Formula 1’s British Grand Prix that featured Romain Grosjean crashing in the pitlane and Kimi Raikkonen causing a red flag.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas set a 1m27.629s to head the times for the vast majority of the session, although light rain limited running in the final half an hour and distorted the order.
Gasly then improved again on his very last run to set a 1m27.173s and go almost half a second clear at the front.
The start of the session featured a series of spins as drivers got to grips with the newly-resurfaced Silverstone circuit, beginning with Romain Grosjean crashing his Haas while exiting the pitlane.
Grosjean lost the rear of his car as the pitlane exit jinked right and he broke his front wing against the barrier before briefly driving the wrong way down the pits to find space to turn around.
Williams driver Russell ended up on the grass after catching a wobble through the Brooklands left-hander and being spat off in the opposite direction.
Norris was left facing the wrong way on the run-off onto the start/finish straight in his McLaren, after losing the rear exiting the final corner.
The session was then halted as Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo was recovered after grinding to a halt on the entry to Luffield.
Replays showed a puff of smoke emerging from the rear of Raikkonen’s Alfa as he rounded Brooklands slowly, with the car appearing to have stuttered and then cut out down the Wellington Straight.
Once the session resumed, Hamilton, Bottas and Alex Albon had moments of varying severity through Brooklands, and at the same corner Grosjean compounded a difficult session by having another spin.
Light rain began to fall approaching the final half hour, sending most cars to the pitlane – although McLaren’s Carlos Sainz remained on track.
The drizzle never turned into heavy rain and stopped early enough for some drivers to squeeze in improvements in the dying minutes of the session.
Nobody lapped quickly enough to depose Bottas initially, but Gasly got close on a 1m27.715s that launched him to second.
As the chequered flag fell, Gasly completed another flying lap on soft tyres that put him well ahead.
Verstappen ended up third-fastest, 0.8s slower than his under-pressure teammate, with Hamilton fourth.
|1||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||Honda||25||1'27.173|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||Honda||21||1'28.009||0.836|
|9||23||Alex Albon||Toro Rosso||Honda||26||1'29.093||1.920|
|10||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||Renault||31||1'29.162||1.989|
|12||11||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||Mercedes||27||1'29.453||2.280|
|13||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||Honda||26||1'29.500||2.327|
|14||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||Mercedes||25||1'29.657||2.484|
|15||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari||24||1'30.099||2.926|
|18||7||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari||12||1'30.747||3.574|
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