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Hamilton leads Bottas in Final Practice at Silverstone as Norris powers to third

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Hamilton - Silverstone
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Practice for the extra special 70th Anniversary Grand Prix has officially concluded at the world-renowned Silverstone Circuit, and yet again it’s Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team who lead the field.

Valtteri Bottas was the first of the Mercedes out on track, and the Finn wasted no time getting down to business; he set a lap time of 1:27.509 to go fastest by half a second early on- ending the final practice session second only to his seemingly flawless team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Evidently the stronger of the two Aston Martin Red Bull Racing cars, Max Verstappen slid into third after just one flying lap, but his pace did not reflect in the timesheets with the Dutchman ending up in seventh. Alexander Albon still could not extrapolate the full potential of his RB16 yet he did manage to close up somewhat to his team-mate, finishing one place behind Verstappen.

Two bright papaya cars were out on track very early, with both McLaren F1 Team MCL35’s on the circuit and duelling each other for fastest lap. Carlos Sainz could not seem to topple his team-mate’s time after multiple tries and the battle subsided with Lando Norris emerging as the victor, finishing a brilliant third whilst Sainz finished tenth only. Interestingly, Norris managed to power to the top of the table on the harder medium compound tyres- no doubt a promising session for the British driver.

The Scuderia Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel was first out on track after experiencing a disastrous engine failure in Free Practice Two, with Ferrari consequently having to replace both cars’ power units as a ‘precaution’. The German went on to set a final lap time of a 1:27.811 that placed him a lowly thirteenth, whilst team-mate Charles Leclerc finished a much stronger sixth.

Home hero George Russell was the first of the runners to experience some trouble with the stronger winds today, as the Brit suffered a slight moment at Stowe. He escaped unscathed, however, and went on to finish seventeenth for Williams Racing at their home event. His team-mate Nicholas Latifi managed to beat him by more than two tenths, finally showcasing some decent pace after previous complicated practice sessions.

After a difficult and political start to their weekend, BWT Racing Point F1 Team seem to have turned their fortunes around. Lance Stroll and stand-in driver Nico Hülkenberg finished with just milliseconds between each other in fourth and fifth, surely thanking the heavens that their controversial brake ducts have been cleared for use.

Qualifying for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix takes place this afternoon, and while it’s hard not to envisage a Mercedes 1-2 after their dominant pace, anything can happen in Formula One. Make sure to follow us at The Checkered Flag for all the latest news and drama.

144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:26.62115
277Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:26.784+0.163s16
34Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:27.202+0.581s20
427Nico HülkenbergGERBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:27.256+0.635s16
518Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:27.263+0.642s15
616Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:27.328+0.707s18
733Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:27.455+0.834s12
823Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:27.474+0.853s15
931Esteban OconFRARenault DP World F1 Team1:27.496+0.875s15
1055Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team1:27.627+1.006s22
1110Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:27.659+1.038s15
1226Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:27.754+1.133s18
135Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari1:27.811+1.190s20
143Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault DP World F1 Team1:27.815+1.194s12
158Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team1:28.076+1.455s15
166Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:28.125+1.504s14
1763George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:28.349+1.728s17
1899Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing1:28.468+1.847s13
197Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:28.538+1.917s12
2020Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1:28.763+2.41216
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