British Grand Prix 2020 LIVE
- Lewis Hamilton leads from pole
- Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen in 2nd and 3rd
- Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat crash out
- Nico Hulkenberg fails to start after fault with RP20
Lap 28: Vettel running down in 11th. He’s dropped a place from the start. Such a pity to see a four-time champion down there.
Lap 27: Stroll vs Ocon is developing into quite the battle here. It’s only for ninth, but we’ll take it given the procession at the front of the field.
Lap 26: Grosjean gets a slap on the wrist from the stewards for his shimmy as Sainz tried to get past him.
Lap 25: Norris takes a leaf out of Sainz’s book to go past Grosjean at Stowe. The McLarens run fifth and sixth. Grosjean, Ricciardo, Stroll and Ocon complete the top 10 with the front four unchanged.
Lap 24: And, just like that, the fastest lap is back with Hamilton. What did we tell you?
Lap 23: Bottas reclaims the fastest lap – for now.
Lap 22: Sainz gets past Grosjean to take fifth. The Spaniard was not best-pleased with the Frenchman there and he let it be known on McLaren team radio.
Lap 21: Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race. 1.3 seconds between him and Bottas. Another three seconds separate Bottas from Verstappen in third.
Lap 20: Albon’s handed a five-second penalty following his first-lap clash with Magnussen. Not what the Red Bull man needed. He’s down in 14th.
Lap 19: Hamilton blasts away as the safety car goes back in. Leclerc takes the chance to overtake Grosjean for fourth. Sainz and Norris pass Ricciardo for sixth and seventh.
Lap 18: We’ve had just six laps of action without a safety car here. But the end is nigh.
British Grand Prix 2020: Lewis Hamilton got off to a strong start at Silverstone
Lap 17: Kvyat’s car is now being removed but there’s still debris everywhere as Hamilton and co. pass the area.
Lap 16: Hamilton looks like he’s getting a bit restless here. Pulls up alongside the safety car as if to say: ‘come on, mate!’.
Lap 15: Appears we’ll be behind the safety car for some time here with pieces of Kvyat’s car strewn all over the place.
Lap 14: Grosjean running in fifth place after opting against pitting for fresh tyres. Hamilton leads from Bottas after Mercedes double stack.
Lap 13: Kvyat spins and he’s off at Maggots. His AlphaTauri is wrecked but thankfully he’s okay. Pretty much everyone comes in for new tyres with the safety car now out.
Lap 12: Bottas takes the fastest lap. Something tells me he and Hamilton will keep trading that.
Lap 11: Hamilton currently possesses the fastest lap as Mercedes dominate here. No change in the running order immediately behind the Brit and Bottas.
Lap 10: Stroll closing the gap on Norris in the fight for seventh after leaving Ocon in his wake. Hamilton now 1.7 seconds clear.
Lap 9: Hammer time for Verstappen as Red Bull tell him he’s losing ground on the Mercedes on the Vale chicane.
Lap 8: Latifi and Russell up to 17th and 16th respectively after Albon pits. He’s down six places from the start of this race. Kvyat, on the other hand, has gained six places.
Lap 7: Hamilton more than a second better off than Bottas here and extending that lead as we go. Verstappen might be right in saying these guys are “way too fast”.
Lap 6: The two Mercedes are going well after the restart. Ocon is all over the back of Stroll in the midfield and tries a move at Stowe. There are some fantastic battles on the cards.
Lap 5: We’ll be going racing again at the end of this lap. Thankfully K-Mag is okay after that early hit.
Lap 4: We’re still behind the safety car as the mess blown up by Magnussen’s off is cleared away. The Haas is being removed from the gravel by marshals.
Lap 3: So, the front five is Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc and Sainz. Latifi brings up the rear for Williams, with Russell just ahead of him.
Lap 2: Magnussen is out after a clash with Albon at the end of the first lap. Big blow for Haas. The safety car is out very early here today.
Lap 1: Leclerc tries to blitz around Verstappen as Hamilton just about holds off Bottas to retain the lead! Sainz and Norris swap places. Stroll down to eighth. What a start at Silverstone.
LIGHTS OUT AND AWAY WE GO!
British Grand Prix 2020: Lewis Hamilton secured pole ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen
British Grand Prix 2020: Nico Hulkenberg missed out on the race due to a problem with his car
2.11pm: The formation lap is underway and we’re moments from the start of the British Grand Prix!
2.09pm: Cheeky line from Verstappen there on Red Bull team radio. Says he’s “relaxed” getting ready for this Grand Prix after last month’s pre-race nightmare in Hungary.
2:07pm: What a blow for Racing Point’s aspirations this season. This could have been a great race to pick up some valuable constructors’ points and now their chances have been halved.
2.05pm: We’re now just five minutes from lights out at Silverstone! Remember, Hamilton is going for a seventh win there today. Victory would put him within four of Michael Schumacher’s record haul of 91.
2.02pm: Racing Point have run out of time to fix Hulkenberg’s car and he’s out of the British Grand Prix before it began. He’s been through a rollercoaster of emotions this week.
1.59pm: Hulkenberg looks set to miss out on competing in today’s race. What a shame for the German, who was due to start in 13th.
1.57pm: Another poignant moment here as a Spitfire flies over Silverstone in recognition of the NHS, moments after the rendition of the national anthem.
1.55pm: Here’s your 15-minute warning! Get that cup of tea sorted and get comfy for today’s race.
1.53pm: Every driver pledges to play their part in the fight against racism. Hamilton leads most of the grid in taking a knee on the track.
1.50pm: The drivers are gearing up to take a stand against discrimination on the grid. The show of solidarity will be followed by a Spitfire flyover to honour the NHS.
1.47pm: Nightmare for Hulkenberg. He’s going to have to start from the pits if Racing Point can get his car started. He’s missed the cut-off to make it to the grid.
1.45pm: Hulkenberg appears to have a problem here with his RP20. Fingers crossed the Racing Point mechanics and engineers can get to the bottom of that.
1.44pm: We’re less than half an hour away from the start of this year’s British Grand Prix! Who are you backing to win today?
1.41pm: Who’d win a race around Silverstone in Mercedes GTRs out of Hamilton, Bottas and team principal Toto Wolff? Well, Sky Sports F1 just gave us our answer. Turns out it’s Bottas.
1.37pm: Norris will be desperate to make his mark at his home Grand Prix but he thinks McLaren are in for a tricky race today. “I think it’s going to be a tough race for us,” said Norris. “The Racing Point looks extremely quick, much quicker than us.”
Norris is currently fourth in the F1 standings, 11 points and four places better off than team-mate Sainz.
1.32pm: The cars are out of the garages as they make their way to the grid. Let’s hope Verstappen doesn’t suffer a repeat of last month’s mishap in Hungary! Credit to those Red Bull mechanics. They worked wonders following the 22-year-old’s crash into the barriers.
1.30pm: Mercedes set the pace in qualifying and their W11s look nigh-on unbeatable this season. Technical expert Karun Chandhok gave his verdict on how the 2020 car respresents a step up from last year’s W10 earlier this week.
“If you look at the lap-time gain, I think in Hungary it was about three tenths [from] last year to this year for Mercedes,” Chandhok told Express Sport on Tuesday. “Red Bull stayed the same and, obviously, Ferrari’s gone backwards.
“But it seems to be medium-slow-speed [corners] that this year’s car seems to be better. They’ve not gained a huge amount in the high speed.
“In fact, when you look at [Sergio] Perez and [Lance] Stroll in high-speed corners, on the GPS you could see in Hungary Stroll was not far away from the Mercs. In fact on some of them of the corners he was quicker than the Mercs, at Turn Four for example. It seems to be medium-slow-speed [corners].”
British Grand Prix 2020: Valtteri Bottas fended off Max Verstappen to qualify in second
1.25pm: Renault’s Ricciardo starts eighth today and yesterday said he was pleased to have booked a place on the fourth row at Silverstone. “I’m happy with eighth place today, especially in quite tricky conditions,” Ricciardo said. “It was a clean lap, no mistakes, nothing too spectacular, but good enough for eighth and just short of seventh.
“It was pretty close there with a few of us within half a second of each other. We’ve been in and around the top 10 all weekend, so we can be pleased with today’s performance.
“Tomorrow’s race will be interesting, especially in the battle for sixth or maybe fifth position. We’re starting on the softs, as are most people around us, so we’ll see what we can do. Taking home good points is the target.”
1.20pm: Hamilton and co. are set to make a united stand against racism ahead of this afternoon’s British Grand Prix. The F1 champion demanded senior figures do more to give a platform to calls for change following last month’s race in Hungary.
And, yesterday, it was confirmed there will be a protest against racism and all forms of discrimination before today’s race gets underway. A statement from the FIA said: “The FIA, Formula 1, Teams and Drivers stand united as a sport in the fight to end racism and full support equality, inclusivity and equal opportunity for all.
“The FIA supports any form of individual expression in accordance with the fundamental principles of its Statutes, and as a mark of respect each driver, as an individual, may choose to mark this moment with their own gesture.”
1.15pm: Leclerc might be starting in fourth today but Ferrari chairman John Elkann has written off the team’s hopes of winning races until 2022. So, how will the Monegasque by feeling about that assessment? Martin Brundle offered us his take earlier this week.
“He’s going to be very disappointed, because it all looked so glorious last year,” Brundle told Express Sport. “Quite clearly they were pushing the spirit of the regulations in quite a forceful way.
“I think with the way it’s now structured and compressed, the end of this season almost becomes the beginning of next season. The cars are pretty static. They’ve got a limit of tokens to improve the car. It’s fair to say, whatever you’re running now, you’ll be running next year, by and large. That doesn’t bode well.
“All the Ferrari-engine runners are back down the road a second a lap, with clearly less power. That’s another one that makes my heart sink. We need Ferrari in there but in there in way that’s within the regulations.”
1.10pm: Racing Point stand-in Hulkenberg has got the backing of Bottas as he gets set to compete in a Grand Prix for the first time since last November. “I’m sure he will be sore and, he’s probably not been prepared, physically, to drive a Formula 1 like we all did for the first race,” said Bottas.
“But I think he’s done really good, I think it’s a big challenge for him, with such short notice, he was setting some good lap times but obviously big experience from the past. I hope he has a good race.”
1.05pm: The British Grand Prix goes ahead in front of empty grandstands this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 1995 winner Johnny Herbert admits it will make for an unusual experience but he can’t see it damaging the on-track spectacle.
“What’s the word? Different,” Herbert told Express Sport. “When I was in Hungary, the only time I noticed there being no fans around was actually when there was the build-up on the grid itself because, when you looked up into the grandstand, it was empty.
“But the rest of it all works. So for F1 drivers in the bubble, nothing has changed. It’s just a little bit different where Martin [Brundle] would normally go through the grid and the flag-waving of Lando or Lewis or whoever it may be and the driver parade as well.
“But overall the racing will be the racing that we all love to watch. I know everyone’s going to be sitting at home, but I think the entertainment will still always be there. You just haven’t quite got that live element. We’ve just all got to realise it’s a – hopefully – short time before we can get back to having fans in football stadiums and, of course, at F1.”
British Grand Prix 2020: Lewis Hamilton set a new Silverstone lap record in qualifying
1pm: Lando Norris is sporting a fantastic helmet especially made for today’s race. The McLaren driver picked a design from six-year-old Eva Muttram, so watch out for that as he starts from fifth, a place better off than Lance Stroll.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz is seventh on the grid today, with Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon eighth and ninth respectively for Renault. Pierre Gasly is 11th after being squeezed out of contention for a place in Q3 by Stroll.
12.45pm: George Russell made it into Q2 for the third consecutive race but he’ll start from the back after being handed a five-place grid penalty. The Williams driver failed to slow down under yellow flags after his team-mate Nicholas Latifi spun out yesterday.
Joining Russell on the back row is Daniiel Kvyat, who also took a five-place grid penalty. The AlphaTauri driver, however, moves back because he took a new gearbox for this weekend’s meet in Northamptonshire.
Haas and Alfa Romeo’s 2020 qualifying struggles continued on Friday, with Kevin Magnussen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean filling the spots from 14th to 17th after being bumped up by Russell and Kvyat’s respective penalties. Like Ferrari, the two teams are struggling with the engines supplied by the Italian big guns.
It’s worth watching out for Nico Hulkenberg today. The German came in as a late replacement for Sergio Perez following the Racing Point driver’s positive coronavirus test result and starts 13th on the grid at Silverstone.
12.30pm: Good afternoon and welcome to Express Sport‘s live coverage of the British Grand Prix! Lewis Hamilton starts on pole for a record seventh time at Silverstone after putting in a stunning performance in qualifying yesterday afternoon.
The Mercedes driver spun off the track at Luffield as team-mate Valtteri Bottas set a new record lap time in Q2. But he made a remarkable recovery to smash that record and underline why he’ll be the man to beat out there today.
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Max Verstappen was more than a second off the pace of Hamilton, but the Red Bull driver says he’s given himself a “fighting chance” of taking on the Mercedes by qualifying in third. The Dutchman’s team-mate Alex Albon starts down in 12th and finds himself under mounting pressure.
One man who’s driving with the weight of expectation of his shoulders this season is Sebastian Vettel. The departing Ferrari driver said, though, that his weekend “couldn’t get much worse” after he qualified in 10th – six places back from team-mate Charles Leclerc.
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