British GP: Verstappen tops FP1 ahead of qualifying

In a rather unusual format in the British GP, the only practice session of today was topped by Max Verstappen before qualifying later.

With just one practice session for the drivers to get comfortable round the Silverstone track ahead of this evening’s qualifying, all the drivers were quick to get out of the pits.

The drivers were also greeted by the British fans round the circuit, with full-capacity crowds allowed to attend this weekend’s British GP for the first time since 2019.

It was Verstappen on top of the timesheets at the half-way stage with a 1m27.745s lap, with Perez 0.760s behind his teammate.

The Dutchman went even quicker just ten minutes later, setting a 1m27.035s lap on the soft tyres.

Carlos Sainz caused the first and only yellow flag of the session with a spin coming out of Village at Turn 3, lighting up the rear tyres of his Ferrari on the exit.

At the end it was Verstappen on top ahead of a continuously impressing Lando Norris who set his lap on the mediums and looks like he could be in for another solid qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton ended up third in his Mercedes.

Charles Leclerc put his Ferrari in fourth ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Sainz, with Sebastian Vettel finishing as the fastest of the Aston Martin’s in seventh.

Sergio Perez was eighth in FP1, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon rounded out the top-10 order.

With qualifying for tomorrow’s sprint race just over two hours away, who do you think will be on pole? Let us know!