Bottas reveals to week-long grind giving him qualifying edge over Hamilton

Bottas reveals to week-long grind giving him qualifying edge over Hamilton

Lance Stroll was fifth in the second Racing Point with Charles Leclerc sixth for Ferrari, ahead of Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon. "Set-up wise we made good steps from last weekend, that's why I think the qualifying performance was better than last week, really pleased with that".

Hulkenberg qualified 13th last week but failed to start the race following a vehicle failure. "For me it just wasn't a flawless lap. It was great to take the win here last weekend, but I know just how strong Valtteri is and as we saw last weekend, absolutely anything can happen in F-1".

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Formula One practice Friday at the Silverstone Circuit.

"It's been a positive day with small adjustments to gain a millisecond here and there", said Hamilton.

But the 35-year-old isn't too concerned at starting second on the grid.

Lando Norris of McLaren exemplified the drivers' problems with the softer tyres when he reported in on team radio, saying: "Getting quite a few vibrations from the rear tyres, some big, big blisters".

The opening practice session for the unique 70th Anniversary Grand Prix begins at 8.00pm AEST and can be seen live on Fox Sports 506.

Esteban Ocon missed out on a top-10 berth by 0.126s, but the Renault driver is nearly certain to start lower than 11th after a post-qualifying investigation into an allegation he blocked George Russell in Q1 out of Aintree.

Norris' teammate Carlos Sainz ended the session on medium tyres and finished P10, 1.006s off top spot.

Daniil Kvyat was eliminated in P16 after his final flying lap of Q1 was deleted for exceeding track limits at Turn 15, Stowe.

He appeared to have damaged the floor while driving over the curbs.

Williams drivers Russell and Latifi finished the session in a respectable P15 and P16, whilst the bottom three consisted of Raikkonen, Kubica - who is driving for Alfa Romeo just in FP1 - and finally Magnussen.

Six times world champion Hamilton, victor of the British Grand Prix from pole position at the same circuit last weekend and 30 points clear of Bottas after four races without spectators, was 0.138 seconds slower.

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