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Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Verstappen eyes podium after edging Ricciardo

Max Verstappen is hopeful that he can convert his grid position into a podium at the British Grand Prix after he out-qualified Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time. Verstappen collected third place on the grid, with Ricciardo in fourth, behind Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. "I’m not focusing on trying to beat my team mate, the points come from the race so that is the important part for me," he said. "The car has been performing brilliantly all weekend so […]

Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hamilton elated with 'cautious' pole position

World Champion Lewis Hamilton admitted he took a cautious approach to his final Q3 effort after his initial pole position lap was deleted due to exceeding track limits at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton had set provisional pole but stewards deemed he ran wide at Copse and chalked off his time, leaving Nico Rosberg on top spot. Hamilton responded by setting a lap faster than his initial best as he netted pole position at Silverstone for the fourth time in his Formula 1 career. "The […]

Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Ericsson to require checks before race start

Marcus Ericsson says he will require further medical checks before he is permitted to participate in the British Grand Prix on Sunday. Ericsson lost control of his Sauber C35 during the final practice session and crashed heavily exiting Stowe, with all four corners of his car sustaining damage in the incident. Ericsson extricated himself from the car but was taken to hospital in Oxford as a precaution, before being released after further checks. "It was obviously a huge accident," said Ericsson. "I went a bit […]

Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hamilton flies to British Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the British Grand Prix for the fourth time in his career during a dramatic final shootout session at Silverstone. Hamilton, who set a new lap record in Q2, collected provisional pole position with a time of 1:29.339, almost three-tenths clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg. However, the stewards deemed that he exceeded track limits and deleted his time, elevating Rosberg to top spot. Hamilton responded on his second run to move clear at the top with a 1:29.287 while Rosberg […]

Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hamilton tops disrupted final session

Lewis Hamilton stayed on top as he completed a clean sweep of sessions by finishing quickest during final practice on Saturday morning. Following a quiet opening half an hour, after light rain left the circuit damp, Hamilton moved to the front with a 1:31.234, 0.097s quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg. The session was then halted for over 15 minutes when Marcus Ericsson suffered a high-speed off when he lost control of his Sauber C35-Ferrari on the exit of Stowe. Ericsson slammed into the barriers on […]

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016

Verstappen: Red Bull can be second best team

Max Verstappen believes Red Bull can emerge as Mercedes' closest challenger during the British Grand Prix, after the squad edged out Ferrari in Friday's second practice session. Verstappen finished third quickest at Silverstone, with Daniel Ricciardo in second place, as Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton led the way. "I enjoy driving here and we are competitive, although it was a bit tricky in the second session with the wind but that’s the same for everyone," he said. "[The] long run and short run pace was good so […]

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016

Hamilton encouraged by 'positive' steps

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton expressed optimism after he led the way during both Friday practice sessions at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton edged out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the first session before finishing clear of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in the afternoon session, with Rosberg unable to run due to a water leak. "[There were] lots of positive steps forward with the balance of the car," he said. "It's incredibly gusty out there, which is one of the awesome challenges of this circuit. […]

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016

Arrivabene explains Raikkonen 2017 deal

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene says the squad's focus on closing the gap to Mercedes in the championship made the decision to retain Kimi Raikkonen straightforwards. Ferrari announced on Friday morning that Raikkonen will stay with the team into 2017, alongside Sebastian Vettel, for what will be his seventh season with the outfit. Arrivabene says the decision to keep Raikkonen was made on Thursday and that Ferrari's focus is on catching Mercedes, rather than worrying about its driver line-up. "We confirmed Kimi because, first of […]

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016

Hamilton fastest, Rosberg hits trouble

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton stayed on top during the second practice session at Silverstone as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg hit trouble. The pair were separated by just 0.033s during the opening session on Friday but Rosberg suffered a water leak which Mercedes appeared to resolve half an hour into running. Rosberg was set to join the action but Mercedes then conducted further investigations, ruling him out of the entire session. It left Hamilton clear to finish at the top of the standings, with a […]

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016

Leclerc hails 'amazing' Haas debut run

Charles Leclerc hailed an "amazing" experience as he competed in the first practice session with Haas at the British Grand Prix. Leclerc, who currently leads the GP3 standings, is a member of Ferrari's young driver scheme and has been loaned out to Haas as its development driver. Leclerc replaced Esteban Gutierrez during the opening session at Silverstone and set the 18th quickest time in the VF-16. "Amazing," he said when asked to describe the experience. "It’s a dream come true since I was six years […]

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016

Hamilton ahead as Mercedes dominates

Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.033s as the squad dominated the opening practice session for the British Grand Prix. Hamilton and Rosberg, who collided on the last lap in Austria five days ago, traded quick times at a cool and cloudy Silverstone until the Briton moved ahead with a 1:31.654 on the Medium tyres. Hamilton’s lap was quicker than the time he set en-route to pole position at Silverstone last year. Force India’s Nico Hülkenberg was Mercedes’ closest challenger, albeit […]

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016

Ferrari keeps Raikkonen for 2017

Ferrari has confirmed that it has retained Kimi Raikkonen for the 2017 season, after months of speculation surrounding the Finn's future. Raikkonen's contract expired at the end of 2016 but Ferrari announced on Friday morning that he will continue alongside Sebastian Vettel for a further season. "Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen," read a statement issued by Ferrari. "The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel." […]