Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2017

Hamilton fastest in tight final practice

2017 British Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Will Wood

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in final practice for the British Grand Prix, less than a tenth faster than both Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton’s 1’28.063 was the fastest time of the weekend so far, only 0.032s faster than Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari with Valtteri Bottas just 0.074s behind.

A late rain shower prevented the field from making a final qualifying simulation run in the closing minutes.

It was another windy session as drivers prepared for qualifying at Silverstone. Super Soft tyres were the order of the day, with Hamilton using them to good effect to lower the fastest lap of the session.

Sebastian Vettel showed that Ferrari are a threat by posting a time less than half a tenth slower than Hamilton’s.

Rain began to sprinkle the Silverstone circuit with around 15 minutes remaining of the session, clearing the track of cars.

Drivers opted to venture out on the Intermediate tyres in the closing minutes to test out the greasy conditions. It was almost a disastrous decision for Daniel Ricciardo who spun his Red Bull exiting Club corner and almost collected the barriers.

At the chequered flag, Hamilton topped the time sheets ahead of Vettel and Bottas with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg an impressive fifth fastest.

Position Driver Team Lap time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’28.063
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’28.095
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’28.137
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’28.732
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’29.480
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1’29.612
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’29.819
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’29.904
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1’29.959
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1’30.088
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1’30.138
12 Esteban Ocon Force India 1’30.172
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1’30.270
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1’30.302
15 Sergio Perez Force India 1’30.416
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1’30.504
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1’30.515
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1’30.621
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1’30.630
20 Lance Stroll Williams 1’31.358

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2 comments on “Hamilton fastest in tight final practice”

  1. Wasn’t able to watch. Were the times of everyone real qualifying runs? Red Bull seem quite slow.

    1. No. From what I’ve watched, regarding red bull, Only Ricciardo had a qualifying sim. Max came out when it was already raining, so his qualifying sim was aborted. Still they don’t seem to have found their setup yet.

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