F1 British Grand Prix LIVE: Qualifying UNDERWAY, Verstappen faster than Hamilton in FP1 – Silverstone latest updates
16th July 2021

SILVERSTONE is packed with F1 fans ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix.

We've three days of exciting racing ahead, with Lewis Hamilton looking to continue his stunning record at this track and stop the Red Bull charge.

  • Qualifying: UNDERWAY
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports F1/NOW TV

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  • Marc Mayo

    AWAY WE GO

    Q1 is underway, with all drivers given only the Soft tyres to play with for all sessions this evening.

    We have a full 18 minutes to eliminate the slowest five drivers.

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    FIVE MINUTE WARNING

    Who can put themselves on pole position for the first-ever F1 sprint race?

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    MR… FRIDAY?

    One man to keep an eye on in qualifying will be George Russell.

    The Williams star was ninth fastest in qualy last time out amid a highly impressive run of hot laps that has seen him utterly dominate team-mate Nicholas Latifi.

    But the man dubbed Mr Saturday has to pull it off on a Friday with this rejigged format in his hunt for a point… will it play to his strengths or not?

    Credit: Getty
  • Marc Mayo

    BACK TO THE FUTURE

    Want to see what the 2022 car looks like with a proper team livery?

    Well, this AlphaTauri clip is pretty cool.

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    PIASTRI ON F2 POLE

    With half an hour until F1 qualifying, we've just had the F2 session.

    Young Aussie Oscar Piastri has put his Prema on pole in a frantic final five minutes that saw the track red-flagged.

    Robert Shwartzman went off at Stowe, bringing the session to an early end.

    That left championship leader Guanyu Zhou in second, behind Piastri – who told SunSport of his education in the UK and F2 title dreams before his rookie season.

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    HAM IN A JAM

    Lewis Hamilton is banking on 140,000 fans roaring him on in Sunday's British GP to stop Max Verstappen's romp to the F1 title.

    Merc boss Toto Wolff told SunSport this week how Hamilton had been putting in the hours at the team's HQ to help try and overturn the deficit – and the Brit hopes the fans can play their part in making up ground on the Red Bulls.

    When quizzed by SunSport ahead of FP1 about his seven wins here and having home advantage, Hamilton said: "With all those elements I hope and pray that is the case.

    "Another element is the sprint race, the new format. Of course, it is easy for any of us to get it wrong but there are also opportunities there, which is exciting.

    "And the element with the fans. There is always an energy and a buzz that the fans bring and without doubt when it is your home grand prix, there is always more heat behind you.

    "So I am hoping that all those factors come together and close that gap those guys had managed to grow out and enable us to really take it to them this weekend."

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    FEEL THE GEES

    Max Verstappen tackled the iconic S's of Silverstone with typical gusto during FP1.

    You'd feel the effect of tee G-force the morning after doing that 50 times in a race.

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    MERC CHASING SHADOWS

    Toto Wolff has downplayed the effect of the Mercedes upgrades this weekend.

    He says: "This is a performance gap, we must step up with the tools available to us. We must keep fighting.

    "It's a test for the team, we've had seven fantastic years and are definitely not ready to give the baton to [Red Bull]."

    On Valtteri Bottas, the Merc boss confirms it is the plan to seal the Finn's future, one way or another, before the summer break.

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    MAC ATTACK

    Lando Norris put his McLaren in second during FP1.

    Team boss Zak Brown says: "You never quite know what others are running in engine modes, fuel weights…

    "Red Bull and Mercedes continue to be in a league of their own. Ferrari are always quick and the other teams have all taken a turn at being third quickest.

    "We're hoping to be as quick as in Austria, or there or thereabouts."

  • Marc Mayo

    ONE EYE ON THE FUTURE

    This week, Formula One revealed the car for the 2022 rule overhaul.

    Read up on the finer details of the new design with our rundown here.

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    QUALY TONIGHT

    So, tonight we do a classic qualifying session – Q1, Q2, and Q3.

    That will decide the grid for tomorrow's sprint race – which in turn decides the grid for Sunday's main race, while handing out some points for the top three.

    Sounds simple enough, let's hope the drivers give it some welly!

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    TOP TEN IN FP1

    1. VER – 1:27.035
    2. NOR – Seven tenths off but on slower Medium tyres
    3. HAM – 1:27.815 and some way off Verstappen
    4. LEC
    5. BOT – Joint most laps, 30, with Hamilton
    6. SAI – Both Ferrari drivers post good times
    7. VET
    8. RIC
    9. OCO
    10. GAS

    Credit: PA
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    CHEQUERED FLAG

    Max Verstappen cruises into first place in first practice – seven tenths clear of anybody else.

    And a very impressive lap on the Medium tyre puts Lando Norris second, just 0.001 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton in third.

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    FINAL LAPS

    The field settling into longer runs on the Softs now, with two minutes to go.

    Lance Stroll, in 18th, complains over the radio about lacking confidence in his Aston Martin. However, Sebastian Vettel is seventh.

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    LEWIS NOT HAPPY

    On the radio, Lewis Hamilton asks: "Seven tenths, where's that come from?"

    That's Max Verstappen's advantage over the reigning champ with eight minutes to go of FP1.

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    HOW ABOUT NOW?

    Lewis Hamilton is out on the Softs – and immediately complaining of 'vibrations' over the radio.

    It's only P3 and still seven tenths off Max Verstappen for the Brit, with Valtteri Bottas going fourth.

    Elsewhere, Verstappen is out for another run on the Softs – perhaps with more fuel as a sprint race practice run.

    And Lando Norris is SECOND on the Mediums, with McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo sixth. Going nicely.

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    IT IS EARLY, BUT…

    Both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are outside the top ten.

    Sat in the pits, they are behind a fair few drivers who have also only used the Medium tyres for their best time.

    Surely it's only a matter of time before Lewis lifts himself from 12th. Surely.

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    AROUND WE GO

    Carlos Sainz produces the first 360 of the weekend, spinning his Ferrari at Village.

    He's back in the pits in one piece.

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    SOFTLY SOFTLY

    It's time for some real pace from Max Verstappen, as if he wasn't quick enough before…

    On the Soft tyre, he registers a 1:27.035, a seven-tenths improvement on his time with the slower Mediums.

    Sergio Perez is over a second back after his first run on the quicker tyre.

    Meanwhile, Lando Norris bumps himself up to third with Charles Leclerc fourth.

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    MCLARENS EMERGE

    Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris have been stuck near the bottom of the timesheets for most of the session.

    But a strong lap on the Mediums has the Aussie into sixth… ahead of the two Mercedes cars.

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    TOP TEN AT HALFWAY

    1. VER
    2. PER
    3. VET
    4. BOT
    5. HAM
    6. OCO
    7. STR
    8. GIO
    9. RAI
    10. MSC

    Credit: Reuters
  • Marc Mayo

    MAX POWER

    Mercedes might have to turn it up a notch, or twelve.

    Sergio Perez shaves a couple of tenths of his time before Max Verstappen goes quicker to put a whopping 1.7 seconds between himself and Lewis Hamilton.

    That's a 1:27.745. Anyone fancy topping it?

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    RED BULL ALERT

    We had a Mercedes one-two for far too long and now the championship leaders are getting involved.

    Sergio Perez, on the Mediums, breaks into the 1:28s before Max Verstappen launches into the lead.

    That's over half a second quicker than his team-mate and over a second clear of the Mercs. Ominous.

    Credit: Getty
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    TESTING THE LIMITS

    Drivers are wasting no time pushing the boundaries with stewards deleting a handful of times for running outside of the kerbs.

    Valtteri Bottas goes quickest, three tenths clear of Lewis Hamilton and it is allowed to remain despite the fact that he ran wide at Club.

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    SETUP TO FAIL?

    Lots and lots of running will be necessary in this hour due to the rejigged race weekend.

    Regular qualifying tonight means cars go in Parc Ferme after that session, so any setup changes and tweaks must be made on the basis of a single practice runout.

    Typically, drivers have all three practices before having to nail down their particulars.

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