An update from Free Practice for the British Grand Prix as the Bulls get set for the Round 10 of the F1 season.
Silverstone this season is race 10 of 21, so we should know everything there is to know about these cars by now – but it doesn’t work that way. There hasn’t been a track like Silverstone so far this year – which is why we’re seeing Pirelli’s ‘ice blue’ hard tyre for the first time. Silverstone is high speed, high downforce. Plenty of the tracks we’ve been to so far have quick corners, but nowhere else so far do they keep coming at you like they do here.
Basically, as soon as the cars accelerate out of Luffield (Turn 7), they’re on the gas all the way to Vale (T16), never dropping below sixth gear. Copse and Stowe are massively quick but it’s the bit in the middle, the S-bends through Maggotts-Becketts-Chapel that really show an F1 car at its best. Screaming into these in eighth gear, the fast change of direction on the very limit of grip is what F1 cars are all about. Nothing else on the planet can do it.
Practice was all the more important then and in Free Practice One, Daniel took P4 with a 1:28.144 from his 30 laps. Max notched up 24 laps for the session before it came to a premature end due to a suspected gearbox issue. FP1 ended with P6 and 1:28.325 for our dutchman. Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets with a 1:27.487.
It prooved to be another frustrating session for Max in Free Practice Two, after an early off at Turn 7 ended his session early, without setting a time. A 1:28.408 for Daniel put him P5 however, completing a further 29 laps. Topping the timing sheet was Sebastian Vettel with a 1:27.552.
Saturday offered the opportunity for Max to make up for lost time on Friday, and he wasted no time in taking to Free Practice Three to set a 1:28.012 for P5, completing the most laps of anyone for the session with 21. Daniel was just 0.006 back with a 1:28.018 putting him in P6 from his 14 laps. Topping the timesheets was Lewis Hamilton with a 1:26.722.