Max sixth in Silverstone FP1
Published on 06 July 2018 by Stefan Meens
Max Verstappen opened his British Grand Prix weekend with P6 in the first Friday practice session. His quickest effort (1:28.325) was set, contrary to the other drivers, on the medium Pirellis tyre. Unfortunately for the Dutchman, his session ended early after his RB14 suffered gear box problems.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was quickest, ahead of his team mate Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel completed the top three. Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo claimed P4.
Although the session was not interrupted by red flags, the virtual safety car was activated after a heavy crash. Romain Grosjean tried to use DRS into the first corner but was unable to make I through the whole turn. His Haas ended up in the tyre wall with the driver unharmed.
Other drivers had excursions too, but less severe. Daniel Ricciardo and Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) were both able to continue after quick drives through the gravel traps. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) spun too but made his way out of the grass relatively comfortably.
At the front, title contenders Hamilton and Vettel exchange fastest lap times, with the former looking confident, ultimately topping the leader board at the end of FP1.
With ten minutes to go, Max sets his quickest lap of the session (1:28.325), the sixth fastest time overall. Soon after, he reports to the team he has issues changing gears, forcing him to park his RB14 on the start/finish straight, next to the pit wall.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||RIC||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:28.144||+0.657s||30|
|6||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:28.325||+0.838s||24|
|7||Romain Grosjean||GRO||Haas Ferrari||1:29.352||+1.865s||12|
|8||Sergio Perez||PER||Force India Mercedes||1:29.812||+2.325s||23|
|9||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Force India Mercedes||1:29.815||+2.328s||24|
|10||Lance Stroll||STR||Williams Mercedes||1:29.878||+2.391s||25|
|11||Marcus Ericsson||ERI||Sauber Ferrari||1:29.942||+2.455s||25|
|12||Pierre Gasly||GAS||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:30.004||+2.517s||31|
|13||Charles Leclerc||LEC||Sauber Ferrari||1:30.027||+2.540s||27|
|14||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:30.065||+2.578s||20|
|15||Fernando Alonso||ALO||McLaren Renault||1:30.322||+2.835s||19|
|17||Stoffel Vandoorne||VAN||McLaren Renault||1:30.416||+2.929s||25|
|19||Brendon Hartley||HAR||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:30.749||+3.262s||31|