Kata Rocks
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Bottas best in British practice

Bottas best in British practice

FORMULA ONE: Valtteri Bottas has edged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to lead the way in Friday practice at the British Grand Prix, but Ferrari looked within striking distance on the cool and blustery Silverstone afternoon.

Formula-One
By Michael Lamonato

Saturday 13 July 2019, 09:30AM


Bottas set a best lap of one minute 27.732 seconds with the soft tyre, just 0.069 seconds quicker than Hamilton’s best effort. Photo: © LAT Images/Mercedes AMG Petronas

Bottas set a best lap of one minute 27.732 seconds with the soft tyre, just 0.069 seconds quicker than Hamilton’s best effort. Photo: © LAT Images/Mercedes AMG Petronas

Bottas set a best lap of one minute 27.732 seconds with the soft tyre, just 0.069 seconds quicker than Hamilton’s best effort, though the Briton threw away his second lap with a mistake at the exit of Becketts and was unable to improve on his third attempt.

Mercedes was expected to perform strongly at Silverstone, which comprises fast corners that reward high downforce, but Ferrari was closer than anticipated, with Charles Leclerc just 0.197 seconds off the pace, though Sebastian Vettel a further 0.251 seconds back.

But Scuderia fans would do well to exercise only cautious optimism at best, with Mercedes demonstrating superior long-run pace during race simulations on the medium tyre, which is expected to form the backbone of strategy for Sunday’s grand prix.

Pierre Gasly, who has singled out the British Grand Prix as the weekend he intends to rebound from his woeful first nine rounds with Red Bull Racing, had a positive Friday, topping the first practice session and finishing the afternoon fifth quickest with a 0.3-second advantage over teammate Max Verstappen, who was seventh.

The Dutchman sounded generally unhappy with his car, in particular during his race simulation, when he complained the soft tyre was experiencing some blistering.

McLaren’s Lando Norris impressively split the Red Bull Racing pair, the Briton only 0.016 seconds quicker than Verstappen, while his teammate, Carlos Sainz, ended the afternoon eighth.

Alex Albon was Toro Rosso’s quickest driver at the head of an extremely close midfield. The Thai finished ninth, but his trailing rivals through to Antonio Giovinazzi in 17th were spread over just 0.3 seconds.

QSI International School Phuket

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez followed Albon in 10th ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen.

Kimi Raikkonen in 13th led Renault teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, neither of whom ended the day comfortable with the RS19’s performance. Ricciardo’s car even stopped on track late in the session with an engine problem, though the Australian was running an earlier specification power unit and was due to change to a more recent version overnight regardless.

Lance Stroll finished 16th ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Haas’s Romain Grosjean, with the last-named driver enduring a torrid day in an experiment gone awry.

The Frenchman convinced his team to revert his car to a round one-specification aerodynamic package in an attempt to find a cure to Haas’s chronic tyre troubles of the last three months, but almost immediately the evaluation came a cropper when Grosjean spun into the wall at the exit of the pit lane on the first lap.

He was forced to limp around the entire circuit to return to the pits, his front wing shedding parts along the way, and he spun a second time after rejoining the session with his repaired car.

Afternoon practice went scarcely better for him — he was held in his garage with a hydraulic problem for the first 40 minutes of 90-minute session and ended the day slowest of all bar the chronically underperforming Williams cars.

Robert Kubica finished 19th ahead of teammate George Russell, though the latter set only 11 laps after suffering a gearbox problem.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Chinese New Year sparks full alert for coronavirus

@Tomothy Yes, I just use the scroll bar to avoid all posts by K. Easy....(Read More)


China virus toll jumps to 25 dead with 830 confirmed cases: govt

Last news: In Hong Kong 3 death, about 190 in hospitals. Coronavirus spread rapidly. Present medical...(Read More)


Chinese experts join Phuket sea-rescue exercise

Pep talk ( everything is in good order) is thai Officialdom massage, even when not true. All for the...(Read More)


Phuket ferry suspended after pickup truck rolls off the deck, into the sea

Boss Wiwat Phuket Marine Office talks to much about financial settling this matter. Is not his busin...(Read More)


Phuket ferry suspended after pickup truck rolls off the deck, into the sea

Sloppy ferry crew and car owner in not tying down a truck. Wish I was on board to see it happening. ...(Read More)


Chinese New Year sparks full alert for coronavirus

@ematt, once again, different time zone, mate. And the coronavirus situation develops so fast, numb...(Read More)


Indian tourists rescued miles offshore from Phi Phi on capsized kayak

@ematt, I am presently in different time zone . :-)...(Read More)


Chinese New Year sparks full alert for coronavirus

The Chinese government stopped all outgoing flights from Wuhan. It should have been done sooner, but...(Read More)


Chinese experts join Phuket sea-rescue exercise

The whole situation looks complete different when 500-600 (no joke!) motorbike block the end of the ...(Read More)


Phuket ferry suspended after pickup truck rolls off the deck, into the sea

Great way to get a new truck. Let me know when this ferry is running again. LOL. Between the robbed ...(Read More)