FP1: Gasly ahead with last minute effort

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Great-Britain, Silverstone Circuitgb

Red Bull's Pierre Gasly topped his first-ever free practice session at Silverstone as he was half a second clear of anyone thanks to a last-minute effort on soft tyres. Valtteri Bottas was second fastest, followed by Max Verstappen in third.

Friday morning's action saw British rookies George Russel and Lando Norris both spin early on in the session as they went a little too far in exploring the limits of the track with the new surface.

Moments later, Kimi Raikkonen came to a halt, albeit not by his fault as something on his Alfa Romeo broke down, leaving a plume of white smoke behind the car as he stumbled to a halt. The Finn first willingly helped the marshalls to get his car off track during a brief red flag session but opted to sit upon the car once it got properly moving.

At Haas, troubles continued as never before. On the back of their title sponsor Rich Energy announcing yesterday, they'd get out of their deal with Haas due to lack of performance, followed by a revert of that statement, Romain Grosjean now spun in the pit exit. The Frenchman lost control of his car while accelerating out of the right-hander that leads to the circuit, breaking his front wing in the event.

Grosjean, who drove back into the pitlane after spinning, was running with the car's aerodynamic specification from Australia, the first race of the season to help the team better understand their recent struggles.

Grosjean was later seen spinning on track again but without damage this time around. Verstappen and Hamilton also ran off track just before the rain made the track even more slippery.

When everything dried again, it was eventually Gasly who set the fastest time on the soft tyres as he made use of the improved track conditions at the very end of the session.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
110Pierre GaslyRed Bull Racing Honda1:27.173-25
277Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:27.629+0.456s29
333Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:28.009+0.836s21
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:28.122+0.949s26
516Charles LeclercFerrari1:28.253+1.080s21
65Sebastian VettelFerrari1:28.304+1.131s21
727Nico HulkenbergRenault1:28.803+1.630s21
83Daniel RicciardoRenault1:29.031+1.858s24
923Alexander AlbonScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:29.093+1.920s26
1055Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:29.162+1.989s31
114Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:29.170+1.997s23
1211Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:29.453+2.280s27
1326Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:29.500+2.327s26
1418Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:29.657+2.484s25
1599Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:30.099+2.926s24
1620Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:30.605+3.432s24
1763George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:30.741+3.568s25
187Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:30.747+3.574s12
198Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:30.811+3.638s22
2088Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes1:32.121+4.948s27