Verstappen in with a "fighting chance" of causing BritishGP shock

Ross Houston
August 1, 2020

Charles Leclerc was fourth for Ferrari ahead of championship leader and six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Carlos Sainz of McLaren.

"It's great to see our competitors are so quick", he said.

Ferrari had Charles Leclerc fifth and fourth but the Monegasque's team mate Sebastian Vettel was sidelined for the opening session after Ferrari detected something wrong with his car's intercooler system and chose to strip it down.

"Yesterday, for example, it was really tricky in the low-speed corners".

"The wind and temperatures tomorrow will be very different to what we've had today so it will be a little bit of a reset but it's looking good so far".

Stroll clocked a fastest lap in one minute and 27.274 seconds to beat Albon by 0.090 seconds, the London-born Thai driver crashing heavily in pursuit of an improved time, but retaining his position ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the leading Mercedes.

Perez had flown home to Mexico by private jet to visit his mother in hospital following the Hungarian Grand Prix and had shown no symptoms.

Hulkenberg, back for what may be two races, looked like he'd never been away after lapping ninth and seventh fastest respectively for a team whose auto is subject to an ongoing protest over its legality. "The vehicle is massively quick".

Alexander Albon had a disappointing qualifying, for the second time in a row he didn't make it into the top 10.

Reflecting on his crash, Albon said: "Yeah, we'll have to look at it".

"Yeah I think we've definitely made a step as a team", Albon added.

"Obviously right now the auto is tricky to drive right now and the team's choice was that we need some experience and Simon brings that". We expected worse to be honest coming in to Friday but the vehicle was hooked up straight away the first time we drove it in FP1.

"Obviously I'm pretty sure the Mercedes are hiding a lot so we'll be watching them tomorrow but otherwise on our side the auto feels more balanced and I think we have a better understanding of it".

After Hulkenberg, Pierre Gasly was eighth for Alpha Tauri ahead of Daniel Ricciardo of Renault and Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo, all three complaining, like most drivers, of the hard hot conditions and a gusty cross-wind at the former wartime aerodrome.

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