2018 British Grand Prix.

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    Alas, for the first time since 1992 I will not be at the British Grand Prix this year - my coach operator couldn't get enough numbers this time and despite frantic attempts I couldn't get an alternative.

    I suppose I can't complain after 25 years in a row and 27 in total, but nevertheless I hope to return next year.

    In the meantime, I will be keeping in touch with it!

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    Lewis Hamilton fastest in British Grand first practice



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    Lewis Hamilton led Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes one-two ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in first practice at the British Grand Prix.

    Hamilton was 0.367 seconds clear of the Finn and 0.511secs ahead of Vettel, who leads the championship by one point.

    Haas driver Romain Grosjean had a heavy crash at the 180mph first corner after failing to close a DRS overtaking aid.


    The Frenchman apologised to his team, saying that a bump on entry had caused him to miss the DRS button.

    "The car is destroyed," Grosjean said over the radio. "I'm very, very sorry. I think it was the bump. I missed the button."

    It was the latest in a series of errors this season by Grosjean, whose future at the team beyond 2018 is in doubt as a result.

    Under blue summer skies, and warm temperatures, Mercedes consolidated their status as favourites for this weekend, and the team need a strong result after their double retirement in Austria last Sunday.

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    Mercedes have changed Bottas' engine for this weekend because the one in the car in Austria went through what is called a 'heat soak event' when he retired as a result of a hydraulic failure.

    The Finn will not receive a grid penalty and they hope to use the Austria engine again at the next race in Germany, but has now used up his allocation of engines for the season, which means if Mercedes introduce an upgrade later in the year, he will have to weigh its improvement against the grid penalty he would receive for using it.

    Hamilton complained about bumps on the resurfaced track, and said over the radio during the virtual safety car period following Grosjean's crash that he was unhappy with the car. However, he stayed out and set his fastest time.

    Ferrari's pace was encouraging for them in the context of what has been their general lack of pace on Fridays this season, before they bounce back to the front on Saturdays.

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    Grosjean doing a Grosjean... The Frenchman has crashed several times this season
    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fourth, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who had a spin at Brooklands, and the second Red Bull of Max Verstappen, who stopped on the pit straight with a gearbox problem with three minutes to go in the session.

    Grosjean was seventh fastest with the time he set before his crash, ahead of the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, and the Williams of Lance Stroll.

    Grosjean's team-mate Kevin Magnussen was 14th but has to report to the stewards after the session after being accused of dangerous driving in an incident with McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

    The Dane appeared to veer at Alonso's car on the Wellington Straight towards Turn Six, Brooklands, after the two tripped over each other through the first corner, Abbey, as Alonso was on a slow lap and Magnussen a fast one.

    Alonso ended the session 15th fastest on McLaren's first weekend since the departure of racing director Eric Boullier and the introduction of a restructured management team.

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    British GP: Sebastian Vettel fastest in second practice






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    Final practice begins at 11:00 BST followed by qualifying at 14:00 on Saturday with BBC Sport live text commentary from 10:30
    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was a surprise pace-setter ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in second practice at the British Grand Prix.

    The German was 0.187 seconds clear of Hamilton, whose Mercedes team appeared to be unexpectedly struggling for pace on the sweeping Silverstone track.

    Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was third, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.


    Red Bull's Max Verstappen crashed early in the session, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was fifth.

    If Hamilton wins on Sunday it would be record sixth British GP victory, and would take him ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship, in which the German currently leads by one point.

    Verstappen lost control at the Luffield hairpin, running a little wide, the car snapping one way, before the Dutchman over-corrected and spun into the wall, damaging the right rear corner of the car.

    Verstappen was running a Friday gearbox so will not have a grid penalty, even if the impact damaged the driveshaft.

    It was the latest in a series of errors for Verstappen this season, which affected him at every one of the first six races of the season.

    They had appeared to end with a run of three strong results in Canada, France and Austria - a third, second and then a win - but this was an unwelcome return to his previous form, which Red Bull will hope was an aberration.

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    Race pace
    Vettel's pace was a surprise not just because Mercedes were expected to dominate at a track that in theory suits their car, with its long, fast corners, but also because Ferrari generally look less competitive on Fridays than they end up being when it matters on Saturdays and Sundays.

    However, Hamilton had a significant advantage on the race-simulation long runs later in the session, when teams and drivers run with heavy fuel loads and used tyres to check their race pace.

    The world champion was more than 0.5secs quicker than Raikkonen when both ran the soft tyre. Vettel did not do a race simulation on the soft tyre, preferring to concentrate on the medium, on which he was slightly slower than Hamilton's pace on the soft.

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    Donning the red white and blue, will Hamilton strike gold this weekend at Silverstone?
    There was another surprise in seventh place, where Fernando Alonso was unexpectedly competitive in the McLaren after a number of unsuccessful races.

    McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has left the team this week as part of a restructure of racing management, which has seen Andrea Stella promoted to performance director to head race team operations and former Indycar driver Gil De Ferran made sporting director to oversee the performance of the team and drivers.

    Alonso was just 0.048secs ahead of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, a more familiar leader of the group of best of the rest. The German was followed by the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez and the Sauber of Charles Leclerc, who is to be promoted to Ferrari next season.

    Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was only 12th, behind Renault's Carlos Sainz. The Dane's team-mate Romain Grosjean did not take part in the session after crashing heavily in the morning's first practice session and damaging his chassis.

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    Victory in Sunday's race for Hamilton will give him a record six wins

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    Lewis Hamilton takes British Grand Prix pole
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    By Andrew Benson

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    Sunday's race in live on 5 live and the BBC Sport website at 14:10 BST
    Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling battle for pole position at the British Grand Prix, snatching top spot from title rival Sebastian Vettel on his last lap.

    The Mercedes driver trailed Vettel by 0.057 seconds after the first top-10 shootout runs at sunny Silverstone but saved his best for last.

    Hamilton improved by 0.1secs on his final lap, showing massive commitment through the super-fast corners.


    And with Vettel failing to improve, the world champion took pole by 0.044secs.

    The crowd chanted Hamilton's name as he did his interview immediately after qualifying, and he sounded overcome with emotion as he recalled his record sixth pole position at the British Grand Prix.

    "I gave it everything I could," he said. "It was so close. The Ferraris pulled something out and I was just praying I could do it for you guys."

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    He shoots, he scores? can Hamilton take a record sixth victory at Silverstone on Sunday?
    Vettel, struggling with a pain in his neck, said: "I was down a bit on the straights. It was so close. Happy with second, it gives us chances in the race."

    He added that his neck had been "fine" in qualifying and he was "not worried" about the race, because "you go a bit slower than in qualifying".

    Vettel came close to being beaten by his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who set the fastest first sector on his final lap but ended up just 0.054secs off the lead Ferrari.

    Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas took third, 0.325secs off the pace, ahead of the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.



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    Ferrari makes Mercedes work for it
    Mercedes had been expected to dominate at Silverstone, a track where Hamilton has won for the last four years and which tends to suit the characteristics of their car.

    But Ferrari have been strong from the start of the weekend, helped by an upgraded floor on the car aimed at improving its aerodynamic downforce.

    Vettel missed the end of final practice because of a crick in the neck, and needed to spend time with his physio before qualifying.

    He was still in discomfort but it was not showing in the car, as he set the pace in first qualifying, was just behind Hamilton in the second session and pulled out a blistering lap a the start of Q3.

    But Hamilton saved his best until last.

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    He said he did not know where he had gained the time, "maybe Turn 13," he said, indicating the critical second right-hander in the sweeping Becketts section, which defines speed on to the long Hangar Straight. And the middle sector, where Becketts sits, was where he was fastest of all, while Raikkonen was quickest in the first and last sectors.

    "It is such a tricky circuit to position the car in the right places," Hamilton said, "It took everything for me to get it. The fans were there and I could see them and I really wanted to get it, and maybe even give a boost to England. They won't be watching, obviously, because they're playing, but you know what I mean start it off.

    "Ferrari have picked up the pace this weekend but I am in the best place I can be and I am excited for a close grand prix tomorrow."

    Although Hamilton improved in the first sector on his final lap, Raikkonen was actually fastest both there and in the final sector. But Hamilton's pace in the fast corners of Copse and Becketts was critical.

    Hamilton's pole was a record sixth at the British Grand Prix, beating the record he shared with 1960s legend and two-time champion Jim Clark. And now he has his sights set on another record in the race - victory would be his sixth, moving him one clear of the win record for this race he shares with Clark and four-time champion Alain Prost.

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    Victory in Sunday's race for Hamilton will give him a record six wins
    Leclerc stars again
    Behind the big three teams, Haas were again best of the rest, with Kevin Magnussen pipping team-mate Romain Grosjean.

    They were ahead of another starring performance from Sauber's Charles Leclerc in ninth. The 20-year-old Monegasque continues to prove why Ferrari have decided to promote him alongside Vettel for 2019.

    Force India's Esteban Ocon was 10th, ahead of the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.

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    Woeful Williams
    It was a dire weekend for Williams at their home race, with Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll ending up 18th and 19th, ahead only of Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley, who did not take part in qualifying after a crash in final practice.

    Williams were always expecting a difficult weekend, because the nature of the Silverstone track exposes the aerodynamic weaknesses of their car.

    But even they probably did not expect qualifying to go as badly as it did.

    Stroll spun off into the gravel on his first flying lap, losing the rear braking into the Brooklands corner, Turn Five.

    That brought out the red flag, and as soon as the session re-started, Sirotkin also spun off, this time on entry to Stowe corner. The Russian managed to recover the car from the gravel but was slowest of all.

    For McLaren, another great British team in difficult times, Fernando Alonso was in a now-familiar 13th place, while team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was struggling in 17th, 0.9secs off the Spaniard, perhaps affected by losing a part of his floor after taking a kerb too aggressively.

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    Sebastian Vettel wins British GP, Lewis Hamilton fight back
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    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel passed the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas to win a British Grand Prix full of action as Lewis Hamilton fought up from the back of the field to take second.

    Hamilton drove superbly to recover from a first-lap collision with Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, and the result hinged on two late-race safety cars, when world champion Hamilton's Mercedes team took a strategic gamble.

    Unlike rivals Ferrari and Red Bull, Mercedes chose not to pit both their drivers for fresh tyres at the first safety car intervention.


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    Hamilton started on pole but lost the lead off the line with wheelspin...
    The decision promoted Bottas, who had run second from the start, to the lead ahead of Vettel, while it gained Hamilton two places on the track, propelling him to third ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Raikkonen.

    It was a gamble that paid off for the Briton - winning him crucial points in his title fight with Vettel and limiting the damage that could have been caused after the first lap - but failed with Bottas, who ran out of tyres and was passed by Vettel, Hamilton and Raikkonen before the end of the race.

    Hamilton is eight points behind German Vettel in the championship, which is as tight as ever as the season approaches its halfway point.

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    ...and was hit by Raikkonen a few corners later
    What happened to Hamilton at the start?
    In front of more than 100,000 fans at a packed Silverstone and in glorious summer weather, Hamilton's race went wrong from the start.

    He had taken a superb pole position, just edging out Vettel and Raikkonen on Saturday, but had too much wheelspin off the line and immediately dropped behind Vettel and Bottas.

    Coming into Turn Three, Hamilton was under pressure from Raikkonen. The Briton left the Finn a car's width of room, but Raikkonen locked a front wheel and his front left wheel slid into Hamilton's rear right, pitching the Mercedes into a spin.

    The incident sent Hamilton to the back but he immediately set about picking off the backmarkers, benefiting from his car's huge pace advantage and the three DRS overtaking zones.

    By lap 10, Hamilton was up to sixth place, behind the other cars from the top three teams, and he and Mercedes were starting to think about strategy.

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    They delayed his first pit stop as long as possible, so he would have fresher tyres than his rivals in the closing stages.

    That informed their decision as to what to do when the first safety car was called after Marcus Ericsson crashed at Abbey, the 180mph first corner.

    Ferrari and Red Bull pitted their drivers but Mercedes left Bottas and Hamilton out, and the question was how the strategy would play out, with Vettel and Raikkonen on fresher 'soft' tyres pressurising the Mercedes on older 'mediums'.

    A second safety car immediately after the restart from the first, caused by Carlos Sainz's Renault and Haas' Romain Grosjean colliding while trying to go side by side through the 180mph Copse corner, played into Mercedes' hands by reducing the wear on their tyres. But the gamble only half worked.

    Bottas lost out but Hamilton had showed great pace before the safety car and after Vettel passed Bottas for the lead with five laps to go, Hamilton overtook his team-mate a lap later to move into second.

    He was clearly upset after the race - ducking the interviews on the track and saying little in the green room before the podium.

    Raikkonen, who had been given a 10-second penalty for causing the collision with Hamilton, accepted responsibility.

    After being asked for his thoughts on the race while on the podium with Vettel and Raikkonen, Hamilton - while appearing to look towards the Ferrari drivers - said: "Interesting tactics I would say from this side, but we'll do what we can to fight them and improve in next races."

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    Aggressive Vettel will not give up
    Before the safety cars, and after the collision between Hamilton and Raikkonen, Vettel had looked set for an easy win, controlling the race after taking the lead at the start.

    But after losing the lead at the safety car, he had to fight to pass Bottas.

    The Finn held him off for two laps after the final restart but in the end Vettel got him.

    After twice failing to pass into Brooklands because of Bottas' defence, Vettel finally made the move stick with six laps to go, appearing to catch his rival by surprise with a late lunge that the Finn might have done a better job of defending.

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    No dodgy overtakes for the Red Arrows before the race
    Best of the rest
    Verstappen had been on course to finish fifth, but a late-race brake problem forced the Dutchman to retire and handed the place to team-mate Ricciardo.

    Renault's Nico Hulkenberg took sixth from 11th on the grid, while Force India's Esteban Ocon fended off McLaren's Fernando Alonso for much of the race to take seventh, while the Spaniard moved up from a 13th place start to eighth.


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    Haas' Kevin Magnussen, who Alonso passed in the closing stages, was ninth from Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly.

    What they said
    "The safety car spiced it up," Vettel said. "In the end, I surprised Valtteri. I wasn't sure I would make the corner."

    Vettel had hurt his neck in Saturday practice and was wearing heat pads on it to minimise pain, but said it had not affected him in the race.

    "It was fine," he said. "The neck held up, the race was fantastic and what a great crowd. I enjoyed a lot. I think the people enjoyed a lot, what an amazing day."

    Raikkonen said: "I ended up hitting Lewis in the first corner. My bad. It was my mistake. I deserve it, and I took the 10 seconds and kept fighting."

    Hamilton, paying tribute to the support of the crowd said: "We'll take it on the chin and live to fight another day. I will not give up."

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    It has to be Hamilton. Vettel was calm and collected at the front and merciless in retaking the lead, but Hamilton's pace during his recovery drive and in the closing laps ahead of Raikkonen on fresher tyres was highly impressive
    What happens next?
    After three races in a row, F1 has a weekend off, before the back-to-back German and Hungarian Grands Prix on the last two weekends in July. Hamilton will want to go into the summer break reclaiming the championship lead, but doing so will not be easy.

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