Sport Bottas leads Mercedes one-two in British GP practice

17:08  14 july  2017
17:08  14 july  2017 Source:   Reuters

Austrian GP: Hamilton leads Verstappen in 1st practice

  Austrian GP: Hamilton leads Verstappen in 1st practice Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the first practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday.The British driver's best lap was 0.19 seconds quicker than Verstappen, who also did well in practice for the Azerbaijan GP two weeks ago.Hamilton's teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was third quickest at 0.37 behind. The Finnish driver twice span his car on the tricky Turn One.Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel, who was fourth, and Kimi Raikkonen, sixth behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, also had minor problems.

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Formula One champions Mercedes made a statement of intent in British Grand Prix practice on Friday with Valtteri Bottas leading home favourite Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheets as Ferrari were left far behind.

Formula One champions Mercedes made a statement of intent in British Grand Prix practise on Friday with Valtteri Bottas leading home favourite Lewis Hamilton at the top of the time-sheets as Ferrari were left far behind.

Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas.uld read )© GEORG HOCHMUTH/AFP/Getty Images Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas.uld read ) Formula One champions Mercedes made a statement of intent in British Grand Prix practice on Friday with Valtteri Bottas leading home favorite Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheets as Ferrari were left far behind.

The Finn, keeping up the momentum after winning in Austria, was nearly half a second faster than his closest non-Mercedes rival with the 2017 Formula One cars looking significantly quicker and the champions in ominous form.

Red Bull's Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, who has had five retirements in the last seven races, and Australian Daniel Ricciardo were third and fourth respectively at an overcast Silvertone.

Bottas on pole for Austrian Grand Prix

  Bottas on pole for Austrian Grand Prix Finland's Valtteri Bottas kept champions Mercedes on pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday after title-chasing team mate Lewis Hamilton was hit with a five-place grid penalty. Hamilton, who is 14 points behind Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel after eight races, qualified third fastest but will start in eighth place due to the automatic drop resulting from an unscheduled gearbox change.Vettel will share the front row with Bottas, with Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Australian Daniel Riccardo on the second row.

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Motor racing- Bottas leads Mercedes one - two in British GP practice - Formula One champions Mercedes made a statement of intent in British Grand Prix practice on Friday with Valtteri Bottas leading home favourite Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheets as Ferrari were left far behind.

British Grand Prix 2017© REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff British Grand Prix 2017

"Mercedes look really strong but we look to be in the fight with Ferrari. At the moment we're battling Ferrari and not Mercedes," commented Ricciardo, who has been on podium for five races in a row.

British Grand Prix 2017© REUTERS/Andrew Boyers British Grand Prix 2017 Hamilton, who will be chasing his fifth British Grand Prix victory and fourth in a row on Sunday, was 0.078 off his team mate's best time of one minute 29.106 seconds.

Bottas's time was quicker than Hamilton's 2016 pole position of 1:29.287.

Ferrari's world championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who is 20 points clear of the Briton after nine of 20 races, was sixth quickest and behind team mate Kimi Raikkonen -- who was more than a second slower than Bottas.

Bottas shoos away shoey after F1 win

  Bottas shoos away shoey after F1 win Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes has won the Austrian Grand Prix with Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo third, to claim a fifth podium finish in a row.Mercedes driver Bottas won from pole position at the straight-heavy Spielberg track on Sunday, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel narrowly behind to maintain his Formula One championship lead.

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Formula One champions Mercedes made a statement of intent in British Grand Prix practise on Friday with Valtteri Bottas leading home favourite Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheets as Ferrari were left far behind.

Formula One champions Mercedes made a statement of intent in British Grand Prix practice on Friday with Valtteri Bottas leading home favourite Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheets as Ferrari were left far behind. League Two . Scottish Football. MLS.

British Grand Prix 2017© REUTERS/Andrew Boyers British Grand Prix 2017 "Even on TV the cars look awesome," said Red Bull principal Christian Horner. "I think the drivers are really enjoying that and it's just going to get quicker as the circuit rubbers in."

Vettel started the morning by trying out the new 'shield', the first driver to experience the transparent open canopy system designed to protect the head from flying debris and bouncing wheels.

Governing body FIA has been focusing on that concept rather than a 'halo' cockpit protection system that was extensively tested last season to a mixed response from teams and drivers.

British Grand Prix 2017© REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff British Grand Prix 2017 "It's agreed to put it on the car for next year. It is a really accelerated programme as the decision was taken a couple of months ago," Williams technical head Paddy Lowe told Sky Sports television.

"We're very interested to hear the feedback from Sebastian, especially on visibility. I thought it looked pretty good.

British Grand Prix 2017© REUTERS/Andrew Boyers British Grand Prix 2017 "We're worried about reflections but there may be solutions to that. We will be testing it on various cars over the coming months."

Formula 1 2017: Starting grid, lineup for British Grand Prix at Silverstone .
Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images Lewis Hamilton has pole for the British Grand Prix, and he’ll need it to keep up in the Drivers Championship. Ferrari’s Vettel qualified in third for Sunday’s race, behind teammate Kimi Raikkonen and the Mercedes of Hamilton. Valtterri Bottas, Hamilton’s partner, had a shot at a top spot but incurred a five-place grid penalty due to a premature gearbox change.

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