Finnish Valtteri Bottas set the best time and Mercedes dominated with some authority this Friday the first free practice session of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, fifth test of Formula 1 World Cup which is held again in the silverstone circuit, while Spanish Carlos Sainz (Mclaren) was far from the ‘Top 10’.
The British track brought the World Cup grid together again, five days after having played the Great Britain Grand Prix, where the Pirelli tires were the protagonists for their punctures Finals on the two ‘silver arrows’ and the ‘MCL34’ from Madrid.
On this occasion, the pilots decided to use this first training soft compounds and don’t do excessively long runs. The prevailing heat at Silverstone took its toll and the tires suffered again.
Mercedes commanded the start without problems ahead of Red bull, a script that was the one that was seen a week ago. Finnish Valtteri Bottas this time he commanded the German team with a time of 1: 26.166, ahead by just three tenths to English Lewis Hamilton.
After them the Dutchman stood Max verstappen, second last Sunday, which stayed at more than seven tenths of the Scandinavian, while it surprised the fourth place, not because it was from a Racing Point, but because it was from the car driven by German Nico Hülkenberg, again substitute for Mexican Sergio Pérez, still positive for coronavirus.
He ‘Top 4 ‘was the only one who could roll below the 1:27 barrier, a time that was quite far for a Carlos Sainz which ended in fourteenth place two seconds behind the record of Valtteri Bottas, and four tenths of Esteban Ocon (Renault), who closed the ‘Top 10’.