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Lewis Hamilton and F1’s big names not yet happy at British GP

Last Updated: 12/07/19 7:24pm

F1 leading drivers admitted they found Friday’s going tough at blustery Silverstone after an intriguing opening day at the British GP – but Mercedes appear to have established an early edge.

A resurfaced track surface combined with windy conditions to create a challenging test for the grid’s 20 drivers, with inconclusive timesheet results.

“More questions than answers,” surmised Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft.

Jenson Button added: “It could be completely different tomorrow as nobody knows where they are.”

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But after a rare off-weekend in Austria, when they were outperformed by both their two chief rivals, Mercedes topped both practice sessions – with Valtteri Bottas edging out Hamilton in the quicker afternoon running.

“A good day from the get-go,” said Bottas. “It felt not far away set-up wise to start with. Didn’t have to search for anything huge between the sessions, so got to enjoy this track again.”

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Martin Brundle was covered in gravel dust during practice two at a windy Silverstone

Martin Brundle was covered in gravel dust during practice two at a windy Silverstone

But Bottas’ rivals appeared less content with their day one performances – including team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the world championship leader and favourite for victory.

“We currently look like we have got good pace, and particularly long run pace looks good, but I really struggled today if I’m really honest,” said Hamilton.

“I didn’t have the car beneath me, I was struggling with the rear end – you saw me go off multiple times. So Valtteri is a lot more comfortable in the car for whatever reason so we’ll going to dig deep tonight to try and figure out what that is.

“But, of course, not ruling it [a win] out or anything like that.”

Ferrari’s lead runner Charles Leclerc, who was third fastest, admitted: “It was quite a difficult day for us. We tested quite a lot of things. Qualy pace is not so bad but our race pace we have been struggling quite a lot.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, meanwhile, described this Friday as “one of the worst I’ve had all year” after he finished P2 down in seventh place.

More to follow…

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