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British GP: Max Verstappen dominantly tops only practice session before Silverstone qualifying
July 16, 2021
Just one apply session earlier than qualifying at 6pm on Friday and Max Verstappen units a dominant tempo, with McLaren’s Lando Norris simply forward of Lewis Hamilton in second place; Silverstone Qualy present on air at 5.25pm on Sky Sports activities F1
By James Galloway
Final Up to date: 16/07/21 5:22pm
F1 championship chief Max Verstappen made an impressively quick begin to the revamped British GP weekend by dominantly setting the tempo in the one apply session earlier than qualifying afterward Friday.
Silverstone is trialling a brand new weekend format which sees the addition of F1 Dash – a 17-lap sprint to set the grid for Sunday’s race – on Saturday afternoon added to the schedule.
There are solely two apply periods in comparison with the same old three, with solely a kind of happening earlier than qualifying at 6pm.
Hitting the bottom working is due to this fact particularly crucial this weekend and Verstappen, winner of 4 of the final 5 races and the 32-point championship chief, definitely did that in Follow One at a sun-kissed Silverstone.
Lapping seven tenths sooner than his nearest challengers – McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton – Verstappen topped the charts with a finest lap of 1:27.035.
Carlos Sainz goes spinning from Village to The Loop in FP1 at Silverstone.
Norris has been one in all 2021’s most constant and spectacular drivers however has endured a tough build-up to his dwelling race after being mugged following Sunday’s Euro 2020 closing at Wembley.
But he was commendably straight again into his groove on observe in his McLaren, ending second – one thousandth of a second faster than Hamilton – regardless of working slower tyres in comparison with the world champion.
“He appeared to have turned it [the engine] up in comparison with Hamilton, but it surely was spectacular to nonetheless be up there in second,” stated Sky F1’s Jenson Button.
Mercedes’ W12 ran upgraded elements within the session as they bid to claw again efficiency from Pink Bull however Hamilton, after being advised of the massive hole to Verstappen on the soft-tyre simulations, stated over Mercedes radio: “Seven tenths? The place does that come from?”
Ferrari began their weekend strongly with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who spun, sandwiching Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in fourth and sixth locations respectively on the timesheet.
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, a two-time victor at Silverstone, was seventh forward of Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez, who completed 1.1 seconds adrift of his team-mate Verstappen.
British GP Follow One Timesheet
1) Max Verstappen
2) Lando Norris
3) Lewis Hamilton
4) Charles Leclerc
5) Valtteri Bottas
6) Carlos Sainz
7) Sebastian Vettel
8) Sergio Perez
9) Daniel Ricciardo
10) Esteban Ocon
11) Pierre Gasly
12) Yuki Tsunoda
13) Antonio Giovinazzi
14) Fernando Alonso
15) Kimi Raikkonen
16) Nicholas Latifi
17) Mick Schumacher
18) Lance Stroll
19) Nikita Mazepin
20) George Russell
British GP shake-up defined: How the brand new format works
When’s Qualifying? The same old three-part knockout qualifying hour continues to be happening, however at Silverstone, it strikes from its normal Saturday afternoon slot to Friday night. It is reside at 6pm on Sky Sports activities F1, with build-up from 5.25pm.
That hour-long session will progress by means of Q1, Q2 and Q3 as regular to seek out the quickest driver and decide the 1-20 order.
However there are two variations to regular to notice.
All drivers should run on comfortable tyres (the quickest accessible compound of the weekend) all through and the outcomes, as talked about, set the beginning order for F1 Dash on Saturday versus the Grand Prix on Sunday.
What’s F1 Dash, when is it and what are the principles? Debuting at Silverstone, F1 Dash is successfully a mini race run over 100km (300km is the same old GP distance) on Saturday afternoon, someday forward of the Grand Prix.
Quick, quick and, as you may see beneath, with out the strategic intricacies of Sunday’s huge race, F1 Dash is, as its identify suggests, designed to be a flat-out dash for drivers from begin to end. No pit stops are anticipated.
The primary version of F1 Dash will happen on Saturday afternoon at 4.30pm.
The Sky Sports activities F1 workforce clarify what and when to observe reside with us from Silverstone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the British GP.
The 20 drivers begin within the order they certified on Friday night – extra on that beneath – and their ending positions 100km later would be the positions they line up in for the beginning of Sunday’s Grand Prix.
In case you win, you are beginning Sunday’s race from pole place; if you happen to’re tenth, you begin in that very same spot someday later, whereas if you happen to hit technical bother or crash out, you may be on the again and left with all of it to do.
The 100km distance will work out to be 17 laps of the three.7-mile Silverstone circuit.
The Saturday dash is due to this fact anticipated to final 25-Half-hour, with the condensed and stripped-down nature of the racing motion designed to be a part of the attraction to spectators and TV viewers.
Restricted factors are on supply – three for first place; two for second; one for third – however each place counts by means of the sector because the ending order will set the 1-20 grid for the same old Grand Prix on Sunday.
Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok seems to be on the Silverstone observe forward of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
When’s the Grand Prix? It will be the identical British Grand Prix that and love on Sunday afternoon.
Fifty-two laps of Silverstone, with lights out this yr at 3pm. Sky F1 build-up begins at 1.30pm.
The same old factors apply for race day, that is 25 for the victory (and a most of 26 if the winner nabs the quickest lap too) down to at least one level for tenth place.
The one distinction is that drivers who begin within the high 10 will not be locked into beginning on the tyre they set their finest time in Q2 on. Everybody due to this fact has a free alternative all through the race, though the same old two-compound guidelines apply in a dry race which ensures not less than one pit cease per automotive.