British GP third practice: Lewis Hamilton’s fastest Valtteri Bottas


Last updated: 01/08/20 12:28 pm

Valtteri Bottas edged out Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes hit the front for the first time on the British GP weekend in the final practice session before qualifying.

Mercedes had been quick, but not remarkably, on a roasted Friday as Racing Point set the pace at Silverstone, but was significantly faster on Saturday morning in cooler conditions.

Bottas took the lead, edging his teammate and title leader Hamilton by a tenth of a second with a fastest lap of 1: 25.873.

But Max Verstappen still had an encouraging morning for Red Bull. He was third and just 0.3 seconds out of the two W11s.

British GP qualifying begins at 2 p.m. live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky One, with a ramp-up starting at 1 p.m.

On Bottas’s lap, Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok said: “It was a very good lap for Valtteri. And he seems to be able to repeat it.

“On Saturday, that’s not where Valtteri loses the championship battle. He’s right up there with the most successful guy in the history of our sport. ”

Friday’s point guard Lance Stroll was fourth for Racing Point but finished closer to the two McLarens and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc than the top three.

There was an electrical problem with Alex Albon’s Red Bull car during the third practice ahead of the British Grand Prix

There was an electrical problem with Alex Albon’s Red Bull car during the third practice ahead of the British Grand Prix

Alex Albon experienced more misfortunes, meanwhile, after an electrical problem on his RB16, he only played in the last quarter of an hour of the session. The youngster had lost most of Friday afternoon after crashing in Stowe.

More soon…

British GP timesheet

1) Valtteri BottasMercedes1: 25,873
2) Lewis HamiltonMercedes+0,138
3) Max VerstappenRed Bull+0,300
4) spear walkRace point+0,703
5) Carlos SainzMcLaren+0,791
6) Charles LeclercFerrari+0,898
7) Lando NorrisMcLaren+0,925
8) Daniel RicciardoRenault+0,968
9) Nico HulkenbergRace point+0,999
10) Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+1,173
11) Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri+1,203
12) Esteban OconRenault+1,285
13) Alexandre AlbonRed Bull+1,305
14) Sébastien VettelFerrari+1,378
15) Romain GrosjeanHaas+1,664
16) George RussellWilliams+1.865
17) Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+1,952
18) Kevin MagnussenHaas+1,987
19) Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo+2,103
20) Nicolas LatifiWilliams+2,239


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