Rosberg ahead as Silverstone GP weekend kicks off

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Great Britain, Silverstone Circuitgb

Nico Rosberg narrowly topped the times at Silverstone as running commenced in preparation for Sunday's British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton came a close second, ahead of Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso.

Raikkonen was the fastest Ferrari in 4th, ahead of Sainz, confirming Toro Rosso's initial solid pace, and Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari.

Rosberg though lost most of the session in the pitlane as his team crew were busy replacing the gearbox in his car. Even in his final laps, fitted with a new gearbox, the German reported harsh upshifts, even though he went fastest and was assured by the team that everything looked fine on the telemetry.

McLaren's Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso also had a difficult first practice session, with both gentlemen limited on mileage by Honda.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:34.274-12
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:34.344+0.070s26
333Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:35.530+1.256s18
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:35.588+1.314s21
555Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:35.669+1.395s33
65Sebastian VettelFerrari1:35.739+1.465s17
73Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:35.818+1.544s26
826Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:35.876+1.602s22
927Nico HulkenbergForce India1:36.157+1.883s28
1019Felipe MassaWilliams1:36.469+2.195s23
1112Felipe NasrSauber1:36.855+2.581s20
1211Sergio PerezForce India1:36.889+2.615s26
1341Susie WolffWilliams1:37.242+2.968s19
1430Jolyon PalmerLotus F11:37.262+2.988s26
1536Raffaele MarcielloSauber1:37.372+3.098s17
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus F11:38.080+3.806s8
1714Fernando AlonsoMclaren1:38.222+3.948s12
1822Jenson ButtonMclaren1:38.860+4.586s10
1928Will StevensMarussia1:38.981+4.707s23
2098Roberto MerhiMarussia1:40.477+6.203s23