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British GP build-up: Can Verstappen stop Hamilton?

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Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

  1. ‘I couldn’t work out what changed’

    Michael Emons

    BBC Sport at Silverstone

    It has been a tough weekend for Haas. Romain Grosjean, whose car has been reverted to the Australia-spec as at the start of the season, smashed himself into the pit lane wall on Friday and team-mate Kevin Magnussen failed to get out of Q1 yesterday.

    “I don’t really know what happened,” said Magnussen. “I had a good car and we were optimistic of being close to the front of that middle group. I thought it would be good and it got to qualifying and I couldn’t work out what changed.

    “I feel he (Grosjean) has been too close considering l’ve got the upgraded car. Something must have gone wrong in the garage. For him to come here with an older car and be quicker than me is not good.”

    Grosjean added: “It’s not what we like but it’s what is best for the team at the moment.”

    Grosjean starts 14th, two places in front of Magnussen.

    Haas

    Copyright: BBC Sport

  2. Tot spot

    Michael Emons

    BBC Sport at Silverstone

    This is Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino heading into the Racing Point garage. You might have to just trust me on that one. Mourinho was here yesterday, Pochettino today.

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Copyright: BBC Sport

  3. Front row seat

    Kayleigh’s nabbed a top spot for watching the action.

    Not jealous. Not jealous at all…

  4. Post update

  5. Not long now

    Michael Emons

    BBC Sport at Silverstone

    Busy, busy, busy out on track. If you’re wondering what the building work is next to the start line then it’s a new hotel which is set to be completed next summer.

    Then you’ll be able to wake up, open the curtains and look straight out on to the track.

    Track

    Copyright: BBC Sport

  6. Problems for Red Bull?

    Uh oh. A flurry of activity around Max Verstappen’s car down on the grid. Christian Horner doesn’t sound too concerned, though.

    “We just found a little issue with an endplate,” he tells Sky Sports. “Needed changing and that is what they have done.”

  7. Get involved #bbcf1

    Roy Nelson:Watching F1 from Melaka, Malaysia, cheering for Lewis!
    #bbcf1#BritishGP@SilverstoneUK.#bbcf1

    Where are you following the race from and who are you rooting for? Let us now via #bbcf1!

  8. Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    Strategy looks somewhere
    between a one-and a two-stop. And it’s difficult to predict who will do what
    and how.

    Mercedes and Red Bull are convinced Ferrari have made a mistake in
    choosing the soft as the start tyre, but Ferrari themselves are quite happy
    with it. Are they going soft-soft-hard on a two-stop, as Pirelli predict is the
    quickest strategy?

    Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton are the only drivers in
    the top 10 with a new set of softs available for the race. Does choosing the
    medium mean Mercedes and Red Bull are going to try a one-stop? On softs, the first
    pit-stop window is laps nine to 17; on mediums 14-22. Pit-stop time loss is 19
    seconds under green flag conditions; 11 under a safety car of one kind or
    another.

  9. #F1, Silverstone is probably in the bottom five or six. It’s way, way behind Monza, Austin, Spa, Suzuka, Montreal, and Interlagos. It’s not even the best racetrack in the UK, either, despite all of this ‘Silverstone romance’’ stuff. #BritishGP#BBCF1
  • Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at Silverstone

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    Copyright: Getty Images

    Ferrari
    have been unexpectedly competitive in Silverstone, and Charles Leclerc came
    oh-so-close to take pole position, missing out by just 0.079secs. In fact, halfway
    through qualifying, Ferrari though they were on for their second pole in a row,
    after Leclerc performed so strongly on mediums in the first and second
    sessions. But their car was more competitive on the medium on one lap than on
    the soft, and he ended up just missing out. Does that mean they should have
    gone for the medium for the race start, as Mercedes and Red Bull have? Team
    boss Mattia Binotto says no – the race is a different thing. The suspicion has
    to be that Ferrari will go for a two-stop with Leclerc.

    As for Sebastian Vettel, he has been out-paced for the third race
    in a row. He did not drive at his best, complaining that he could not “feel” the
    car, always the key issue he requires to be at his best. But even if he’s done
    his perfect lap, the feeling was that he would still have been 0.3secs behind
    Leclerc, who is really beginning to build up a head of steam in the last few
    races.

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