Silverstone FP1: Business as usual for Hamilton and Rosberg


Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton made a quick start to practice for his home British Grand Prix on Friday by beating Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to the top of the timesheets.

The Briton, hoping to win for the third year in a row at Silverstone, lapped with a best time of one minute 31.654 seconds on an overcast morning.


Rosberg, the championship leader whose lead was trimmed to 11 points by Hamilton after a controversial Austrian Grand Prix in which the pair collided on the last lap, was second in 1:31.687.

Mercedes have said the drivers are on their ‘last warning’ after that race, with any further collisions likely to see stiff sanctions.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was third fastest with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fourth and Australian Daniel Ricciardo fifth for Red Bull.

Vettel, who tested the sport’s prototype ‘halo’ cockpit head protection system during the session, had what appeared to be a gearbox problem towards the end.

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09.British Grand Prix, Friday 8th July 2016. Silverstone, England.

Hamilton could take the lead in the championship for the first time this year on Sunday if results go his way and has spoken eloquently about the boost that he gets from racing in front of a home crowd.

“I personally draw a lot of energy from the fans. There’s races where you have a few and races where you have a lot. You come to Silverstone and that’s when the energy is in abundance,” he said.

“I just absorb that. Seeing people that have saved up to come and spend their money here and put all of their energy towards you getting across the finish line first, it’s pretty much impossible to describe how amazing that feels.

“And when there’s so many of them, all drivers will talk about it giving you that extra 10th or two on the weekend and I generally find that is the case.”

British Grand Prix, Silverstone – Free Practice 1, Best Lap Times

144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:31.65430
26Nico RosbergMERCEDES1:31.687+0.033s34
327Nico HulkenbergFORCE INDIA MERCEDES1:32.492+0.838s30
45Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:32.501+0.847s20
53Daniel RicciardoRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER1:32.773+1.119s30
67Kimi RäikkönenFERRARI1:33.039+1.385s28
733Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER1:33.202+1.548s22
811Sergio PerezFORCE INDIA MERCEDES1:33.235+1.581s30
955Carlos SainzTORO ROSSO FERRARI1:33.446+1.792s19
1014Fernando AlonsoMCLAREN HONDA1:33.527+1.873s22
1126Daniil KvyatTORO ROSSO FERRARI1:33.738+2.084s20
1222Jenson ButtonMCLAREN HONDA1:34.132+2.478s24
1377Valtteri BottasWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:34.263+2.609s38
1419Felipe MassaWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:34.456+2.802s34
158Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:34.547+2.893s24
1630Jolyon PalmerRENAULT1:34.787+3.133s29
1712Felipe NasrSAUBER FERRARI1:34.805+3.151s21
1850Charles LeclercHAAS FERRARI1:35.869+4.215s26
1945Esteban OconRENAULT1:35.980+4.326s31
209Marcus EricssonSAUBER FERRARI1:36.003+4.349s19
2194Pascal WehrleinMRT MERCEDES1:36.136+4.482s25
2288Rio HaryantoMRT MERCEDES1:36.647+4.993s29