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Valtteri Bottas fastest in treacherous first practice session Great Britain GP

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During the first practice session at the Silverstone circuit, the F1 drivers were presented with typical British weather. Rain interspersed with the occasional streak of sunshine.

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The large crowd in the stands were prepared for the rain and overjoyed when Lewis Hamilton greeted them. It was one of the few highlights for the audience in the stands.

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After all, the drivers got a good dose of rain at times and there was little action on the track. Amid the budget cap, the teams clearly didn’t want to take risks and damage cars. In addition, it was also a matter of saving rain tires for the rest of the race weekend.

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On a few rare occasions cars did appear on the track, but when it was thought that it would finally dry up, the rain clouds were again heading towards the track.

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Seven-time world champion and home driver Lewis Hamilton did his best to cheer the crowd on amid the lack of action on the track.

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At the very end of the practice session it was finally time for dry weather tires and several riders took to the track. Lance Stroll was one of those riders and the Canadian went off the track and into the gravel. Red flag and the practice session was therefore immediately over.

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In the end, Valtteri Bottas was fastest in the Alfa Romeo, ahead of Lewis Hamilton who set the second fastest time. However, it should be clear that the lap times are not representative at all and that we will have to wait for the second practice session when we will hopefully see more action.

1 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:42.249s 9

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.781s + 0.532s 10

3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:42.967s + 0.718s 8

4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:43.801s + 1.552s 7

5 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:43.895s + 1.646s 3

6 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:46.171s + 3.922s 4

7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:48.161s + 5.912s 3

8 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:51.243s + 8.994s 5

9 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 51.373s + 9.124s 5

10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:59.168s + 16.919s 5

11 George Russell Mercedes 2

12 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 3

13 Esteban Ocon Alpine 2

14 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1

15Alexander Albon Williams 1

16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 4

17 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 3

18 Lando Norris McLaren 4

19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1

20 Max Verstappen Red Bull 3

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(F1journaal.be)

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