Red Bull’s Formula One championship chief Max Verstappen was quickest in ultimate follow for the British Grand Prix though lap instances have been largely meaningless as groups targeted on preparations for Saturday’s first ever dash qualifying.
Formula One is trialling a brand new format at Silverstone, with a 17-lap race deciding the beginning grid for Sunday’s headline grand prix.
The grid for the dash was selected Friday, with Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton taking the highest slot and Verstappen alongside on the entrance row.
Verstappen’s lap of 1 minute 29.902 seconds, set early on a sunny afternoon with an enormous crowd in attendance, was 0.375 faster than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, whose Spanish group mate Carlos Sainz was third quickest.
Hamilton was eighth, with group mate Valtteri Bottas ninth, however the focus was on lengthy runs with extra gasoline on board. McLaren’s Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo have been sixth and seventh respectively.
Verstappen is 32 factors away from Hamilton after 9 races however that might change on Saturday, with three factors awarded to the dash winner, two for second and one for the third finisher.
Sunday’s race is as regular, with 25 factors for the winner plus one for the quickest lap.
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