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British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit
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Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
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2
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
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3
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
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4
Lando Norris McLaren
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Silverstone Circuit RACE TRACK, 18 Jul 2021
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Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
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Formula 1 British Grand Prix
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18 July 18:04

Thank you for joining us. We'll see you in two weeks for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

18 July 18:02

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2021 British Grand Prix! What a drive by the defending champion.

18 July 17:59

Lap 50/52: Hamilton passes Leclerc for first place. 

18 July 17:56

Three laps remaining and Hamilton is just 1.3sec behind Leclerc. This is going to be a close finish!

18 July 17:55

Lap 48/52: Raikkonen spins out of the race after tangling with Perez. 

18 July 17:54

Hamilton has closed the gap to Leclerc to just 2.3 seconds. Hamilton is flying!

18 July 17:48

Lap 43/52: Ferrari informing Leclerc that he can access his engine's full-power. It's a race to the end between him and Hamilton.

18 July 17:45

Lap 41/52: Aston Martin informing Sebastian Vettel that they're retiring the car. This is the first time since 2013 that Vettel retires from a race due to a technical issue.

18 July 17:44

Lap 40/52: Bottas receives a team order to not fight with Hamilton for position. The defending champion passes his team mate corners from lap 41.

18 July 17:43

Lap 40/52: Perez pits again for a set of the Hard tyre. He will be racing to the end of the race.

18 July 17:36

Lap 35/52: Leclerc's race engineer telling him he is on par with the times set by Hamilton and Bottas. Leclerc's reply: "I have plenty of margin left."

18 July 17:35

Daniel Ricciardo defending 5th place from Carlos Sainz. The gap between the two drivers is 0.5sec.

18 July 17:31

Hamilton passes Norris for 3rd place. The driver is now chasing down his Mercedes team mate.

18 July 17:27

Lap 30/52: Leclerc has made his pit stop and his back out in front on the Hard tyre.

18 July 17:21

Upon exiting the pits, Alonso rejoined behind Lance Stroll. But almost as soon as he rejoined the race, he passes Stroll for 9th place.

18 July 17:20

Fernando Alonso comes into the pits and rejoins in 10th place. The Spaniard is having a strong race.

18 July 17:18

Lap 24/52: Norris passes Alonso for 5th place and begins his hunt on Bottas.

18 July 17:16

Bottas is in the pits. They are capitalizing on McLaren's mistake.

18 July 17:15

Lando Norris is in the pits, but an issue on the right rear tyre means he is stationary for six seconds. This has negatively impacted the McLaren driver's race.

18 July 17:14

Lap 21/52: Daniel Ricciardo pits from 5th place and rejoins in 9th. The race leaders are yet to pit.

18 July 17:12

Leclerc manages to eek out 1.7sec over Hamilton. The Mercedes driver complaining over blisters on his front tyres.

18 July 17:10

While Leclerc is struggling with engine issues, the gap to Hamilton came down to under 1.0 second.

18 July 17:03

Lap 14/52: Lando Norris is having a strong drive in third place. He is behind Hamilton and ahead of Bottas.

18 July 16:58

Leclerc is leading the race from Hamilton. The gap is consistent at 1.6 seconds.

18 July 16:54

Lap 8/52: Sergio Perez is up into 13th place having started from the pit lane on the Hard tyre.

18 July 16:49

Lap 5/52: Charles Leclerc leads from Hamilton. This is the first time Ferrari is leading a race since Baku.

18 July 16:46

It's all systems go as the race gets underway!

18 July 16:43

The drivers are making their way around the track. We'll have a standing start from the start-finish line.

18 July 16:28

The race will restart in 15 minutes.

18 July 16:18

The incident between Hamilton and Verstappen is currently under investigation.

18 July 16:09

What an opening lap! Hamilton and Verstappen jostling for position, with Hamilton clipping Verstappen and sending the Red Bull driver out of the race.

18 July 16:01

The formation lap is underway, we'll get things underway in the next few minutes. Stay tuned...

18 July 15:58

Who will reign supreme in front of the Silverstone faithful? Will it be local hero, Lewis Hamilton? Or will Max Verstappen convert his pole into victory? Let's find out!

18 July 15:57

Hallo and welcome to our live coverage of the 2021 British Grand Prix!

17 July 18:00

Thank you for joining us. We'll see you tomorrow for the race.

17 July 18:00

Max Verstappen wins the first sprint race in Formula history! Lewis Hamilton comes home in second place.

17 July 17:59

Lap 17/17: Sergio Perez retires his car.

17 July 17:56

Lap 15/17: Verstappen's gap over Hamilton is 3.0 seconds. The Red Bull has impressive race pace.

17 July 17:52

Lap 12/17: Hamilton complaining about blisters on his right front tyre. He's also looking for more power to take the fight to Verstappen.

17 July 17:47

Lap 10/17: Charles Leclerc is down in 4th place - where he started - but is keeping a consisted gap to Valtteri Bottas ahead of him.

17 July 17:44

Norris is past Alonso and now finds himself in 6th place.

17 July 17:42

Lap 6/17: Sergio Perez loses control and finds himself down in 19th place.

17 July 17:41

Lap 5/17: Verstappen leads from Hamilton by 1.2sec.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:31.635
1:58:23.284
52
2
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:32.857
3.871
52
3
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:32.424
11.125
52
4
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:32.244
28.573
52
5
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:31.323
42.624
52
6
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:31.302
43.454
52
7
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:32.821
72.093
52
8
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:33.251
74.289
52
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:32.804
76.162
52
10
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:31.101
82.065
52
11
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:30.266
85.327
52
12
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:34.423
1 LAP
51
13
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:34.792
1 LAP
51
14
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:32.477
1 LAP
51
15
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:32.537
1 LAP
51
16
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:31.284
1 LAP
51
17
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:32.909
1 LAP
51
18
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:32.987
1 LAP
51
R
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
RETIRED
51 LAPS
0
R
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
RETIRED
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18 Jul

The battle will continue in Budapest in two weeks time, and we'll be covering it all here. See you then.

18 Jul

He now trails Verstappen by just eight points, while Mercedes have closed the gap massively in the Constructors' Championship. In both battles, it's very much game on.

18 Jul

With a union jack in hand, Hamilton gets out of his car and towards the crowds. What a huge moment for him in this title fight.

18 Jul

Formula 1 is quite good, isn't it?

18 Jul

The full finishing order: Hamilton, Leclerc, Bottas, Norris, Ricciardo, Sainz, Alonso, Stroll, Ocon, Tsunoda, Gasly, Russell, Giovinazzi, Latifi, Raikkonen, Perez, Mazepin, Schumacher. Did not finish: Vettel, Verstappen.

18 Jul

Alonso completes a good weekend with a good result, securing P7, with Stroll, Ocon and Tsunoda completing the top 10.

18 Jul

It's P4 for Norris, while Ricciardo holds off Sainz to finish in P5 ahead of the Spaniard.

18 Jul

Bottas takes P3 to complete the podium.

18 Jul

Leclerc comes home in P2 after a stunning drive!

18 Jul

Lewis Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix!

18 Jul

Red Bull have pitted Perez so that he can take the extra fastest lap point from Hamilton.

18 Jul

He put himself on the inside and Leclerc tried to hang on but ultimately ran wide.

18 Jul

Hamilton takes the lead! He dives down the inside at Copse and doesn't hit the other driver this time!

18 Jul

Four laps to go... The gap is 1.3 seconds.

18 Jul

Earlier in the race, Hamilton struggled when in the dirty air of Leclerc. Will that be the case again? We're about to find out...

18 Jul

Hamilton 4.7 seconds behind now after another fastest lap. The win is his for the taking.

18 Jul

That gap is dropping by around a second a lap. If that continues to be the case, Hamilton could well win this.

18 Jul

With 10 laps to go, Hamilton is 7.1 seconds behind Leclerc and catching very quickly...

18 Jul

Vettel is retiring with a mechanical issue. He hasn't been in the running for points since that early spin.

18 Jul

Bottas lets the Brit through.

18 Jul

Mercedes have told Bottas not to fight with Hamilton.

18 Jul

Perez was stuck behind Stroll in P9 and has therefore pitted in the hope that the Canadian also does so.

18 Jul

Bottas doesn't think he'll be able to make it to the end on his current set of tyres.

18 Jul

Hamilton meanwhile is just over four seconds behind Bottas and catching. Will we see team orders?

18 Jul

Leclerc is pulling away at the front. The gap to Bottas is currently 9.5s.

18 Jul

He passes the McLaren with ease, helped by DRS, to take P3.

18 Jul

Hamilton is quickly catching Norris now...

18 Jul

The Ferrari crew get it right with Leclerc though, who comes out still in the lead on fresher tyres than his competitors.

18 Jul

Sainz pits from P2 but it's a terrible stop! He comes out in P6 behind Ricciardo.

18 Jul

Leclerc stays out and his pace is still strong. He leads Bottas by just over 26 seconds.

18 Jul

Hamilton pits! Having served his penalty, he comes out well behind Norris and Bottas.

18 Jul

At the halfway point of the race, Leclerc leads Hamilton by 2.4 seconds.

18 Jul

Ricciardo has also pitted and is running in P9.

18 Jul

Unsurprisingly given the slow stop, Norris loses a place to Bottas with the Finn rejoining just ahead. It's close though.

18 Jul

Leclerc is still reporting engine issues, but his pace is good.

18 Jul

Maybe not. Norris the first of the frontrunners to pit and it's a poor stop. He's lost about four seconds.

18 Jul

Right now, a Leclerc/Norris 1-2 looks the most likely outcome. Surely not?

18 Jul

Hamilton reporting blisters on both sides.

18 Jul

Perez pits for mediums, which is very surprising given he started on hards.

18 Jul

It looks like that is the case with the Monegasque building the gap to Hamilton again.

18 Jul

Ferrari tell him the problem is solved now.

18 Jul

Leclerc is having some engine issues.

18 Jul

Perez has found himself stuck behind Gasly and Raikkonen in P12. He's losing a lot of time.

18 Jul

Hamilton has closed the gap back to around a second again. He's finding some more pace.

18 Jul

Ferrari have told their man they're switching to plan b. Is that a two-stop?

18 Jul

He's actually pulling away from Hamilton, opening the gap up to 1.8 seconds. Judging by this pace, he could win this race.

18 Jul

Right now, Leclerc is just about staying out of DRS range.

18 Jul

Hamilton will serve his penalty whenever he pits. Given that, he's best off staying out for longer and trying to build a gap to the rest of the field. To do that though, he needs to get ahead of Leclerc.

18 Jul

The Red Bull man moves up to P12.

18 Jul

Perez is making good progress further back and is up to P13. On hard tyres, he could be one to watch later on...

18 Jul

Leclerc leads the Brit by 1.6 seconds, with Norris a second clear of Bottas in P3.

18 Jul

Hamilton has been given a 10-second time penalty. That's very, very kind from the FIA.

18 Jul

Vettels spins while battling Alonso!

18 Jul

Norris takes P3 from Bottas!

18 Jul

We're back underway! Leclerc makes a good start and holds the lead.

18 Jul

It'll be a standing start. Cars heading to the grid now.

18 Jul

Horner says that the impact of Verstappen's crash was 51G. Wow.

18 Jul

Right then, back to it. No word from the stewards on a Hamilton penalty yet.

18 Jul

Toto Wolff has sent Michael Masi an email with diagrams showing Hamilton wasn't at fault. No, really.

18 Jul

The race will restart in around 15 minutes.

18 Jul

Horner's radio message to Michael Masi: "That corner, Hamilton was never anywhere near alongside. Every driver that's driven this circuit knows you do not stick a wheel up the inside of Copse. "That's an enormous accident and it was 100 per cent Max's

18 Jul

Christian Horner is talking to Channel 4 and is absolutely furious with Hamilton's driving. He's not holding back at all.

18 Jul

Verstappen left his title rival a lot of space, and Hamilton still moved over to the left. A penalty feels likely.

18 Jul

Hamilton: "I was ahead going in there, man. I was fully alongside, it was my line. He turned in on me, man."

18 Jul

Looking at replays, Hamilton may well be getting a penalty for the incident. At the moment, he's in P2 behind Leclerc.

18 Jul

That was an unbelievable, lap-long wheel to wheel battle between the two before the collision. Incredible driving from both.

18 Jul

Verstappen is out of the car and okay, but damage to the barriers has brought out a Red Flag.

18 Jul

The Mercedes man was giving his all to take the lead and Verstappen was defending hard. They were side by side at Copse and the Red Bull's back wheel clipped Hamilton's front.

18 Jul

Safety Car.

18 Jul

Verstappen and Hamilton come together and the Dutchman is out! Huge crash.

18 Jul

And we're off! Hamilton makes the better start and gets ahead before Verstappen retakes the lead around the outside!

18 Jul

The formation lap is underway.

18 Jul

Perez starts on hards. It's mediums for everyone else.

18 Jul

Right then, take your seats. Here comes the British Grand Prix.

18 Jul

Hamilton will be helped by the fact that his Mercedes is much quicker on the straights than the Red Bull. Given that, expect any moves from him to come in the first sector.

18 Jul

We've had the national anthem, accompanied by a fly-over from the Red Arrows. Will we be hearing that same anthem at the end of the race? Not long until we find out...

18 Jul

That's especially the case because of the very high temperatures. Yes, that's right, very high temperatures in England. Specifically, the air temperature is 28'C and the track 51'C. Toasty.

18 Jul

One notable thing from the sprint yesterday was just how quickly the tyres degraded when drivers were pushing flat out. If they want to pull off a one-stop race, they'll have to manage their rubber a lot today.

18 Jul

The cars have made their way to the grid, and Alonso has spun on his way. It looks like he avoided any damage though.

18 Jul

The full starting grid: Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas, Leclerc, Norris, Ricciardo, Alonso, Vettel, Ocon, Sainz, Gasly, Russell, Raikkonen, Stroll, Giovinazzi, Tsunoda, Latifi, Schumacher, Mazepin, Perez (pit-lane).

18 Jul

With George Russell getting a three-place grid penalty, Vettel, Ocon and Sainz complete the top 10.

18 Jul

Fernando Alonso starts P7 after making a stunning start yesterday, gaining five places on the first lap. A similar getaway today would make things very interesting...

18 Jul

He'll have to keep an eye on things behind him too though with the McLaren drivers looking good and starting in P5 and P6. Not only has Lando Norris been as impressive as ever, but Daniel Ricciardo has been right up there with the Brit all weekend.

18 Jul

Charles Leclerc has his sights set on taking a podium himself though after staying close to the Finn and way ahead of the midfield yesterday. Whether he can do so or not will depends heavily on whether he can get ahead at the start.

18 Jul

Valtteri Bottas has spent the entire weekend in P3, finishing there in both qualifying and the sprint, and will expect to stay there at the least with Sergio Perez starting from the pit-lane after crashing yesterday.

18 Jul

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in traditional qualifying, but won't start P1 today as Max Verstappen beat him in sprint qualifying after taking the lead at the start. There wasn't a huge amount of difference in terms of pace though, so the Mercedes man

18 Jul

With the new format, things have been more action-packed than ever this weekend. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the main event...

18 Jul

Hello and welcome back to sunny Silverstone. It's race day! After Saturday's sprint qualifying, it's back to our regular schedule to round off the race weekend. We'll have all the build-up from 1400 local time. Lights out follows an hour later. Join us th
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:30.013
-
17
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:29.937
1.430
17
3
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:29.958
7.502
17
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:30.163
11.278
17
5
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:30.566
24.111
17
6
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:30.640
30.959
17
7
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:31.773
43.527
17
8
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:31.687
44.439
17
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:32.183
47.395
17
10
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:31.991
47.798
17
11
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:32.072
48.763
17
12
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:32.208
46.652
17
13
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:32.139
50.677
17
14
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:32.210
52.179
17
15
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:32.457
53.225
17
16
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:32.270
53.567
17
17
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:32.143
55.162
17
18
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:32.567
68.213
17
19
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:33.462
77.648
17
20
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:31.465
0 LAPS
16
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:26.751
-
3
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:26.786
0.035
8
3
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:27.051
0.300
8
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:27.121
0.370
8
5
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:27.323
0.572
10
6
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:27.337
0.586
9
7
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:27.415
0.664
6
8
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:27.444
0.693
8
9
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:27.487
0.736
8
10
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:27.493
0.742
6
11
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:27.580
0.829
6
12
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:27.595
0.844
9
13
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:27.600
0.849
8
14
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:27.671
0.920
8
15
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:28.017
1.266
6
16
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:28.043
1.292
10
17
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:28.062
1.311
9
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:28.254
1.503
8
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:28.738
1.987
10
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:29.940
2.300
9
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:26.023
-
16
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:26.315
0.292
9
3
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:26.764
0.741
15
4
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:26.848
0.825
15
5
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:26.919
0.896
14
6
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:27.073
1.050
11
7
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:27.080
1.057
14
8
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:27.103
1.080
9
9
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:27.125
1.102
16
10
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:27.220
1.197
14
11
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:27.245
1.222
12
12
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:27.273
1.250
14
13
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:27.340
1.317
12
14
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:27.617
1.594
15
15
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:27.665
1.642
12
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:26.134
-
23
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:26.209
0.075
16
3
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:26.328
0.194
22
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:26.828
0.694
20
5
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:26.844
0.710
17
6
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:26.897
0.763
20
7
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:26.899
0.765
22
8
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:26.971
0.837
17
9
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:27.007
0.873
21
10
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:27.179
1.045
15
Practice 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:27.035
-
23
2
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:27.814
0.779
26
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:27.815
0.780
30
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:27.828
0.793
26
5
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:29.373
0.862
30
6
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:27.923
0.888
25
7
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:28.062
1.027
23
8
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:28.163
1.128
25
9
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:28.211
1.176
28
10
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:28.415
1.380
24
11
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:28.449
1.414
28
12
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:28.600
1.565
29
13
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:28.827
1.792
26
14
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:28.873
1.838
24
15
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:29.220
2.185
27
16
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:29.227
2.192
27
17
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:29.227
2.192
24
18
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:29.597
2.562
21
19
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:29.808
2.773
23
20
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:29.857
2.822
29

16 Jul

Well then, Verstappen would love this leaderboard to translate into qualifying, but Hamilton has surely not yet shown his true potential. Plenty of questions heading into qualifying, which remember takes place today. We will begin the build-up from 1730 l

16 Jul

Gasly finishes P11, Tsunoda P12, Giovinazzi P13, Alonso P14, Raikkonen P15, Latifi P16, Schumacher P17, Stroll P18, Mazepin P19 and Russell P20.

16 Jul

Leclerc takes P4, followed by Bottas, Sainz, Vettel, Perez, Ricciardo and Ocon.

16 Jul

And that is the end of FP1. Verstappen takes P1 by a country mile, with Norris and Hamilton completing the top three.

16 Jul

Alonso reports weird understeer at unexpected parts of the track. That is quite the task for his mechanics to tackle before Q1.

16 Jul

Down in P18, Stroll bemoans a lack of confidence in his Aston Martin as FP1 ticks towards its conclusion.

16 Jul

George Russell returns to the pits after his lap time is deleted, but it still would have been good enough only for P19.

16 Jul

"Seven-tenths, where has that come from?" Is Hamilton bluffing, or is he really that far behind Verstappen?

16 Jul

Only P3 for Hamilton, a whopping 0.78s adrift of Verstappen. Norris remains ahead of Hamilton too by a measly 0.001s, but on a harder compound.

16 Jul

Here we go, Hamilton and Bottas set off on flying laps with the soft rubber. Let's see what the Mercs have in response to Red Bull.

16 Jul

Norris is finding his groove out there, splitting the Red Bulls on the medium tyre.

16 Jul

Carlos Sainz goes for a spin, not long after he complains of Antonio Giovinazzi's "dangerous" driving. A rough couple of minutes for the Spaniard as he corrects the Ferrari and returns to the pits.

16 Jul

Verstappen finds a bit of time on the softs...seven-tenths. Wow. That 1:27.035 puts him over a second clear of Perez on the same compound.

16 Jul

Perez is the first of the front runners to have a go on the C3 soft tyres.

16 Jul

Approaching the halfway point in FP1, and the strategies for this session have been so varied that it is hard to really read much from the times alone.

16 Jul

Verstappen is loving that medium compound, he finds another four-tenths to set a 1:27.7.

16 Jul

Now Red Bull have turned it up. A 1:28.1 from Verstappen sends him P1, over a second clear of the Mercedes. Only 38 minutes remain to address that gulf before the car set-ups are locked in for qualifying.

16 Jul

Bottas takes P1 back from Hamilton. Mercedes are providing the action at the top, but Red Bull are yet to show their hand.

16 Jul

Esteban Ocon is showing some strong early pace on the hard tyre up in P3. He is in desperate need of a strong weekend, something he has not delivered since signing that new Alpine contract.

16 Jul

Bottas briefly takes over P1 before a 1:29.6 from Hamilton demotes the Finn to P2. Both Mercedes drivers are on the medium rubber.

16 Jul

Red Bull's Sergio Perez has joined team-mate Verstappen on hard C1 tyre.

16 Jul

Norris is putting the early focus on his long runs with the hard tyre. His preparation for this weekend was far from ideal after that awful experience at Wembley. Psychologically he has been struggling, so fingers crossed getting back into an F1 car can r

16 Jul

Verstappen is two tenths back with his early effort as Valtteri Bottas slots into P3, but there is plenty more pace to find all round.

16 Jul

With a set of medium C2 tyres bolted on Hamilton sets a 1:30.048.

16 Jul

Mercedes have brought some new parts for their W12 this weekend, expected to be their final upgrade of the season.

16 Jul

Out comes Hamilton, the grandstands erupt.

16 Jul

Early action out there on the track. With only one hour of practice instead of three before qualifying, expect this to be a very busy session.

16 Jul

FP1 is underway! It is amazing to see the grandstands packed with fans here at Silverstone. Light at the end of the tunnel!

16 Jul

Just a few minutes remain until the lights go green for FP1 and we get this experimental race weekend underway. It is very hot and sunny out there with a track temperature of 43c.

16 Jul

Ferrari's season has been quite up and down. We know slow corners suit the SF21, which may not bode well for them here at Silverstone. It is pretty much a certainty though that the midfield pack will be, as always, ultra-competitive.

16 Jul

Mercedes and Red Bull are the clear favourites heading into the British GP, but Lando Norris has now proven at Imola and the Red Bull Ring that he can spring a shock in the McLaren. All eyes on FP1 to see what pace the Briton has to call upon ahead of qua

16 Jul

A change of format may be exactly what Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton need as Max Verstappen and Red Bull continue to stretch ahead in the Drivers' and Constructors' standings respectively. Hamilton trails Verstappen by 32 points heading into his home race,

16 Jul

Just to clear up the format for this weekend in full, FP1 and traditional qualifying will as mentioned take place today. Saturday we will have a second practice session and then sprint qualifying, with the British Grand Prix then held on Sunday. Qualifyin

16 Jul

FP1, the only practice session before qualifying, gets underway at 14:30 local time.

16 Jul

So, we will all be learning together this weekend with this brand new format, but first up we have a traditional hour of practice.

16 Jul

Welcome to Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix, round 10 of the 2021 F1 World Championship. This weekend has a rather different format than the usual race weekends with F1 testing out sprint qualifying. We'll have all the build-up ahead of FP1 fir
Practice 2
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:29.902
-
23
2
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:30.277
0.375
30
3
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:30.507
0.605
29
4
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:30.707
0.805
31
5
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:30.800
0.898
27
6
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:31.030
1.128
24
7
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:31.034
1.132
23
8
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:31.131
1.229
28
9
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:31.180
1.278
27
10
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:31.188
1.286
31
11
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:31.237
1.335
24
12
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:31.263
1.361
29
13
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:31.289
1.387
27
14
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:31.328
1.426
26
15
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:31.337
1.435
30
16
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:31.404
1.502
32
17
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:31.593
1.691
34
18
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:32.041
2.139
31
19
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:32.474
2.572
31
20
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:34.017
4.115
28

17 Jul

Well then, we learnt that the hard tyre is pretty slow, but hangs on well out there at Silverstone, so that will be useful information for Sunday. But later today, all focus is on the debut of sprint qualifying! Exciting times, so make sure you join us la

17 Jul

A busier session than expected, capped off by Bottas spinning at the exit of Turn 3, not what the Finn needed as he made his way around the circuit to prepare for a practice start.

17 Jul

Ocon ends FP2 in P4, Perez P5, Norris P6, Ricciardo P7, Hamilton P8, Bottas P9, Gasly P10, Russell P11, Giovinazzi P12, Alonso P13, Raikkonen P14, Latifi P15, Tsunoda P16, Vettel P17, Stroll P18, Mazepin P19 and Schumacher P20.

17 Jul

And that brings an end to FP2, Verstappen tops the session ahead of the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sainz. Lap times though were not the focus.

17 Jul

We are approaching the final 10 minutes of FP2, race simulations remain the focus.

17 Jul

Ferrari step it up a little as Leclerc improves to P2 and Sainz P3. A split in tyre strategy with Leclerc on the mediums and Sainz on the softs, so it seems those medium tyres are holding on better than the C3s.

17 Jul

Verstappen dips down into the 1:29s, increasing his buffer over team-mate Perez to just under nine-tenths.

17 Jul

Thumbs up from the Mercedes mechanics as Bottas returns to his pit box, so it looks like they have found the issue.

17 Jul

Mercedes: "So we might have a tear-off at the left-rear corner." See, Valtteri was right! He didn't go over a kerb!

17 Jul

"Possible damage on the rear deflector," Mercedes inform Valtteri Bottas, who responds by telling his team that he has "not been on the kerbs".

17 Jul

Max Verstappen moves to P1 on a 1:30.4, set on the medium tyre. The Dutchman complained of weird understeer in qualifying, but was feeling confident for sprint qualifying starting from P2.

17 Jul

"It seems a little bit gustier today, the flags are moving around," says Russell. Ah, not good. We know how much that Williams hates wind.

17 Jul

As expected, the early focus here is on the long runs with sprint qualifying set to debut later on today.

17 Jul

Esteban Ocon sets the early pace on a 1:32.2, but really we are looking for times in the 1:26s once the true flying laps start coming.

17 Jul

The soft C3 tyres were mandatory for qualifying on Friday, but with that rule lifted, there is a real mix of hard, medium and soft runners out there in FP2.

17 Jul

We have a green light in the pit lane, let's get FP2 underway.

17 Jul

It is perfect weather for the army of fans packed into Silverstone, hope they remembered the suncream! Don't call the opticians, we promise this is England, no rain around today!

17 Jul

Ferrari and McLaren were also looking strong on Friday. It is advantage Ferrari with Charles Leclerc starting P4 for the sprint, so can McLaren use this final practice session to unlock that fraction of extra time they need to reel in their rivals?

17 Jul

But before we get FP2 underway, let's just have another round of applause for George Russell. A sensational quali display on Friday earned him P8 on the grid for sprint qualifying, and he has promised to go on the attack. FP2 will be crucial to get that s

17 Jul

Seeing the fuel go in for some long runs in second practice is a regular sight, but here at Silverstone that is going to be even more representative for the upcoming sprint qualifying, where the drivers will get the unique experience of racing on a lower

17 Jul

However, before that, we've got FP2 to negotiate. We're set for another absolute scorcher at the Silverstone circuit, with barely a cloud in the sky. Pray for those Pirelli tyres.

17 Jul

It looked like another weekend of Max Verstappen dominance after a huge eight-tenth advantage following FP1. But, Lewis Hamilton, powered by the packed Silverstone crowd, put himself at the front of the grid for this afternoon's sprint race. It was an epi

17 Jul

Well, this is exciting isn't it? We're just one final hour of practice away from Formula 1's first ever sprint race.

17 Jul

Hello and welcome back to Silverstone for third...nope, second practice ahead of qualifying...nope, a sprint race later this afternoon. This is taking some getting used to! Join us for all the build-up at 1130 local time. FP2 starts at 1200.
British Grand Prix
Race Track
Race Date:

18 Jul

Length:
5.891 km
Lap Record:
Mark Webber (2013) - 1:33.401
Starting Grid
#
Team/Driver
1
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
2
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
3
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
4
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
5
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
6
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
7
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
8
Lando Norris
McLaren
9
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
10
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
11
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
12
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing
13
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
14
George Russell
Williams
15
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
16
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
17
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
18
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
19
Mick Schumacher
Haas
20
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
Season Schedule
Date
Grand Prix
Time

01 Aug

Hungarian Grand Prix

03:00 PM

29 Aug

Belgian Grand Prix

03:00 PM

05 Sep

Netherlands Grand Prix

03:00 PM

Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Max Verstappen Red Bull
185
2
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
177
3
Lando Norris McLaren
113
4
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
108
5
Sergio Perez Red Bull
104
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Red Bull
289
2
Mercedes
285
3
McLaren
163
Season Results
Grand Prix
Podium

21 Mar

Australian Grand Prix

28 Mar

Bahrain Grand Prix
1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Max Verstappen 3. Valtteri Bottas