Flags during the British GP at Silverstone on July 02, 2018 in Silverstone, United Kingdom.

Flags during the British GP at Silverstone

Event: British Grand Prix
Track: Silverstone Circuit

Weather:  Partly Clouded,  19.8ºC
Tarmac: 32.6ºC
Wind speed: 2.5 km/h
Humidity: 67.8%

Before the first practice Mercedes decided to replace the power unit in the back of Bottas his car. The reason for this is that the hydraulic problem in Austria last weekend also caused the combustion engine to overheat.

At the beginning of the practice a few teams like Red Bull were testing their car with aero measurement equipment. Daniel Ricciardo's drove a couple of laps with the measuring system on the RB14. Teams do that to calibrate the wind tunnel measurements in the real world.

This session the new ice blue tyre is used for the first time in F1. The new colour for the hard tyre this year is ice blue. So the basic idea is that the softer the tyre, the ‘warmer’ the colour. Ice blue is cold, whereas red, purple, and pink are warm.

Brendon Hartley was the first to put a lap time on the time sheet with the Toro Rosso STR13. 11 minutes into the session Sergey Sirtokin spun his Williams in Club corner and drives through the gravel pit to continue the session.

After one third of the first practice session, home grand prix driver Lewis Hamilton put in a quick lap and ended up on P1 with a 1:28.908 min. Being fastest in the first sector of Silverstone. McLaren driver Fernando Alonso still didn't set a lap time.

1 hour into the session Romain Grosjean crashed his Haas VF-18 going into turn 1. He seems to have lost control of the car driving over a bump. A virtual safety car period was the result.

The session continued and Kimi Raikkonen spun his Ferrari SF71H in Luffield, because he used to much of the curbstone on the inside of the corner. The grip levels on Silverstone seems to be a bit low, even Fernando Alonso lost it on Maggots on the Soft tyres with the McLaren and went off the track.

At the end of the session Max Verstappen had a problem with the gearbox in his Red Bull and had to stop his car on the finish straight. A second VSC was used to clear the track.

FP1 Lap Result 2018 British GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.487 24 Soft
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:27.854 +0.367s 27 Soft
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:27.998 +0.511s 22 Soft
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:28.144 +0.657s 30 Soft
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:28.218 +0.731s 24 Soft
6 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.325 +0.838s 24 Medium
7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:29.352 +1.865s 12 Soft
8 11 Sergio Pérez Force India 1:29.812 +2.325s 23 Soft
9 31 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:29.815 +2.328s 24 Soft
10 18 Lance Stroll Williams 1:29.878 +2.391s 25 Soft
11 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:29.942 +2.455s 25 Soft
12 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:30.004 +2.517s 31 Soft
13 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:30.027 +2.540s 27 Soft
14 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:30.065 +2.578s 20 Soft
15 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:30.322 +2.835s 19 Soft
16 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:30.358 +2.871s 22 Soft
17 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:30.416 +2.929s 25 Soft
18 27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:30.701 +3.214s 18 Soft
19 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:30.749 +3.262s 31 Soft
20 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:31.017 +3.530s 22 Soft


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