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P1: Bottas ahead of Hamilton

14 July 2017 National Sport

Mercedes start fast at Silverstone on slower tyres, with Red Bull ahead of low-key Ferrari; Vettel completes first test of The Shield

Last Updated: 14/07/17 10:54am

Valtteri Bottas edged out Lewis Hamilton in opening practice for the British GP as Mercedes stole a march on their rivals at Silverstone.

Fresh from his impressive second career victory last Sunday in Austria, Bottas was fractionally the faster of the two Mercedes drivers in Practice One with the W08 immediately lapping at outright lap record pace around the famous old Northamptonshire circuit.

Bottas’s 1:29.106 was just 0.078s quicker than Hamilton on soft tyres, but championship rivals Ferrari were a full second adrift despite running the grippier supersoft tyres.

Championship leader Vettel completed the first public test of ‘The Shield’ cockpit protection device on his installation lap, before reverting to his car’s normal specification for the rest of the session. But that did not stop the German, who was sixth behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, spinning at Maggotts and then running wide over the Turn Three kerbs.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel showcases the new protective shield in Practice 1 of the British GP

Red Bull, running more upgrades on their RB13, split Mercedes and Ferrari with Max Verstappen, desperate for a race finish this weekend after five DNFs in the last seven races, within half a second of the Mercedes’ in third.

Fernando Alonso was an encouraging eighth with both McLarens in the top 10, but the Spaniard take at least a five-place grid penalty on Sunday for again exceeding engine component limits.

British GP Practice One Timesheet

Driver Team Tyre Time
1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Softs 1:29.106
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Softs +0.078
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Supersofts +0.498
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Supersofts +0.836
5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Supersofts +1.031
6. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Supersofts +1.411
7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Supersofts +1.789
8. Fernando Alonso McLaren Supersofts +1.887
9. Felipe Massa Williams Softs +1.893
10. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Supersofts +1.935
11. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso Supersofts +2.094
12. Esteban Ocon Force India Softs +2.104
13. Sergio Perez Force India Softs +2.191
14. Romain Grosjean Haas Softs +2.504
15. Lance Stroll Williams Softs +2.578
16. Antonio Giovinazzi Haas Softs +2.925
17. Nico Hulkenberg Renault Supersofts +3.065
18. Jolyon Palmer Renault Supersofts +3.344
19. Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Softs +3.923
20. Marcus Ericsson Sauber Softs +4.293

Don’t miss the British GP live on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday – lights out for the race is at 1pm.

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