Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen of Red Bull has set the best lap time on the Silverstone circuit during the first free practice for the Grand Prix of Great Britain. The leader in the World Cup standings clocked 1.27.035 minutes.
This made him considerably faster than McLaren’s Briton Lando Norris, who set a time of 1.27.814 as number 2.
World champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes drove the third time (1.27.815). The Briton was surprised at the relatively large difference with Verstappen’s time. “Where did that come from?” he wondered a little doubtfully on the onboard radio.
Verstappen still suffered from a lack of power in the first half-hour when exiting a few corners. However, the problem was quickly resolved.
Qualifying will be completed at the Silverstone circuit on Friday evening for the first sprint race a day later. This is done in the familiar format of the normal qualifying for the GPs, in three phases (Q1, Q2, Q3).
The F1 Sprint on Saturday is a race of approximately half an hour over 100 kilometres, which amounts to 17 laps at the Silverstone circuit. The winner of the short race earns 3 World Cup points, the number 2 gets 2 points, and the number 3 gets 1 point from the F1 Sprint. There will be no podium ceremony afterwards. The result of the sprint race determines the starting order for the GP on Sunday. The winner of the F1 Sprint, therefore, takes pole position.
Before the sprint race, the second free practice is on Saturday.