70th Anniversary GP: Home success in final practice at Silverstone

The home drivers had a good final practice at Silverstone with Lewis Hamilton top and Lando Norris recorded an impressive third running the medium tyres.

Norris was the only driver other than his teammate to set their flying lap on the mediums, which look to be the faster tyre on one-lap pace, after McLaren did all their running on soft tyres yesterday.

For Hamilton, it’s the first time he’s topped a practice session over the Silverstone double header as he edged out Valtteri Bottas by 0.163s.

Racing Point also seem to be on the pace as they came fourth and fifth led by Nico Hulkenberg, who said yesterday he feels a lot more confident this weekend in the RP20.

In the midfield battle this weekend there’s as much action off track as on it after  the FIA upheld Renault’s protest that Racing Point’s brake ducts are illegal and fined the €400,000 and deducted them 15 constructors championship points.

This morning it’s thought that five teams are set to appeal the ruling – Racing Point and then Renault, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams. However, the strong pace in FP3 will be welcome to Racing Point after a disappointing round last weekend.

Charles Leclerc was in sixth ahead of Max Verstappen, although he had to back out of a flying lap at the end as Lance Stroll dawdled at Maggots and Becketts, earning the ire of the Dutchman over team radio.

Daniel Ricciardo was also frustrated on a hotlap with five minutes to go, this time by Lando Norris, and was way down in 14th on the timesheets.

However, that doesn’t seem to be representative of the pace of the Renault, after a strong showing last weekend and in FP2, with Ricciardo saying they could go even faster than his third in that session.

The other Renault of Esteban Ocon was ninth though, and at the back of the midfield. In between him and Verstappen was Alex Albon, the closest he’s been to his teammate in a while, and Carlos Sainz rounded out the top 10.