British Grand Prix LIVE: Latest F1 updates as Lewis Hamilton starts from pole at Silverstone

Follow the latest updates live from the British Grand Prix as Silverstone hosts the first of two back-to-back races with Lewis Hamilton starting from pole position.

The home favourite does not have the normal support of the British fans as the Grand Prix takes place this weekend without fans due to the coronavirus measures, which has also seen Sergio Perez ruled out of the race after he tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday evening.

It means a return for Nico Hulkengberg in the Racing Point, who despite appearing to have enormous pace in the car disappointed in qualifying as Max Verstappen took third behind the two Mercedes, with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in fourth ahead of another British driver in McLaren’s Lando Norris. Follow the live action below.

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British Grand Prix Key Points

  • Top five: 1. HAM 2. BOT 3. VER 4. LEC 5. NOR
  • RET: Hulkenberg (DNS)
  • Hamilton bidding to win the seventh British Grand Prix of his career

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2020-08-02T13:15:41.220Z

Lap 2: SAFTEY CAR DEPLOYED!

2020-08-02T13:15:27.960Z

Lap 1: Hamilton gets an average start and it allows Bottas to challenge through Turn One, with Verstappen quicker than both away from the line in third. However, there’s no way through for Verstappen and Hamilton just sweeps in front of Hamilton to keep the lead, and the lack of momentum means Leclerc can have a run at Verstappen for third. The pair jostle through Village and The Loop, but Verstappen keeps the position on the Wellington Straight.

2020-08-02T13:13:31.346Z

LIGHTS OUT! THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX IS UNDER WAY!

2020-08-02T13:12:22.810Z

Hamilton leads a fairly controlled formation lap in an effort to keep the life in the medium tyres, given they’re expected to run quite a fair distance into the race. Here we go…

2020-08-02T13:10:08.906Z

**FORMATION LAP UNDERWAY**

The 19 cars fire up and Lewis Hamilton leads them away.

2020-08-02T13:01:04.566Z

CONFIRMED: Nico Hulkenberg will not race due to a reliability problem with the Racing Point power unit.

2020-08-02T12:59:11.006Z

Time is running out for Racing Point, and it’s looking more likely that Nico Hulkenberg will not start the British Grand Prix.

2020-08-02T12:57:39.376Z

The Red Arrows may be absent, but a World War Two Spitfire flies above Silverstone with the ‘THANK U NHS’ message written on the underside of it in recognition of the incredible work that they continue to do during the coronavirus pandemic.

2020-08-02T12:54:40.930Z

A powerful anti-racism video displaying all 20 drivers is screened before the gesture of taking a knee, which sees 13 drivers take a knee and seven remain on their feet. Regardless, it is a much more united image that F1 have been able to promote this week, even if the paddock remains split on taking a knee.

2020-08-02T12:52:18.683Z

F1 is hoping for a more united showing this weekend in their anti-racism message, following the shambles that took place in Austria and Hungary recently.

All the drivers will make sure they are on time at the front of the grid, while the teams are also expected to line up behind the cars in a show of unity.

Vithushan Ehantharajah spoke to Sky Sports F1 presenter Simon Lazenby about the issue.

2020-08-02T12:47:17.326Z

Hulkenberg has indeed missed the window to leave the pits, wit Racing Point unable to start the car when they tried to fire it up. He’s out the car and has taken his helmet off, but it’s not looking good right now.

2020-08-02T12:45:29.360Z

There’s a fair amount of concern in the Racing Point garage where Nico Hulkenberg is up on the jacks with his car in pieces, which is not what you want half an hour before the race begins.

 

The returning German, who stands in for Sergio Perez this weekend, is due to start in 13th but that looks like they may have to go with a pit lane start there if Racing Point can’t get him out in time.

2020-08-02T12:42:49.826Z

Silverstone comes to live as the pits opens up to allow drivers to head out on their reconnaissance laps before making their way to the grid.

 

With that in mind, here is how the grid shapes up this afternoon.

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 24.303secs

2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:24.616

3 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:25.325

4 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:25.427

5 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:25.782

6 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:25.839

7 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:25.965

8 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:26.009

9 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Renault 1:26.209

10 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:26.339

11 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.501

12 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:26.545

13 Nico Hulkenburg (Ger) Racing Point 1:26.566

14 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.744

15 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:27.158

16 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.164

17 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.366

18 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:27.643

19 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:27.705

20 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:27.092 + five-place grid penalty

2020-08-02T12:29:43.393Z

Looking at more recent news, it was a third straight pole position for Lewis Hamilton, who set a blistering new track record to clinch top spot ahead of Valtteri Bottas in yesterday’s qualifying session.

 

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Hamilton though as a spin in Q2 not only showed home much the drivers were battling the track, but also put him in jeopardy of needing a second run on the medium tyres to make it through to Q3. 

 

If strategy plays out as expected, Hamilton shouldn’t suffer too much from using an extra set of medium tyres, though he does not have a brand new set of medium compound tyres should a two-stopper come into play, unlike Bottas.

 

Here’s how qualifying played out.

2020-08-02T12:26:02.303Z

It is the first British Grand Prix since the death of Sir Stirling Moss, who passed away on the 12 April at the age of 90 following a short illness.

 

Moss was one of the most-loved figures within the sport and the original British gentleman driver, who remains arguably the greatest to have never won the world championship.

 

Despite the absence of fans, F1 have paid tribute to Moss as well as Sky Sports and Channel Four, who have run their own tributes to the great driver.

2020-08-02T12:20:36.036Z

It’ll be a British Grand Prix like no other, with drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell admitting Silverstone just does not feel the same without the fans.

 

An empty Silverstone greets the 20 drivers this weekend in the first of two back-to-back races, with the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix next weekend to also take place at the famous British circuit.

 

While the action continues though, this weekend has really hit home how the sport is missing one of its greatest aspects.

2020-08-02T12:03:19.883Z

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the British Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton bids to win a seventh race at Silverstone of his career in an effort to increase his world championship lead.

When is it?

The British Grand Prix takes place across 31 July – 2 August 2020.

What time does each session start?

FRIDAY

Free practice 1: 11am – 12:30pm BST

Free practice 2: 3pm – 4:30pm BST

SATURDAY

Free practice 3: 11am – 12pm BST

Qualifying: 2pm – 3pm BST

SUNDAY

Race: 2:10pm – 4:10pm BST

How can I watch it?

All European races will be held behind closed doors, meaning that the only way fans will be able to see the action is on television.

In the UK, Sky Sports continue to hold the exclusive rights for F1, but Channel 4 is able to show every session from the British Grand Prix live this weekend.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can purchase a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Here’s how Sky and Channel 4 plan to show the British Grand Prix:

FRIDAY

Free practice 1: 10:30am – 12:50am BST – (Sky Sports F1 + Sky Sports Main Event), 10:55am – 12:35pm BST (Channel 4)

Free practice 2: 2:45pm – 4:45pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky Sports Main Event), 2:35pm – 4:35pm BST (Channel 4)

SATURDAY

Free practice 3: 10:45am – 12:10pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 10:55am – 12pm BST (Channel 4)

Qualifying: 1pm – 3:35pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 1pm – 4pm BST (Channel 4)

SUNDAY

Race: 12:30pm – 5pm BST (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky One), 1pm – 6pm BST (Channel 4)

Highlights: 6:30pm – 7:30pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 11:45pm – 12:45am BST (Channel 4)

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Drier changes

With Sergio Perez ruled out of action, Racing Point will have to make a decision on who to replace the Mexican with as they intend on racing two cars this weekend. Esteban Gutierrez is one option, with the Mercedes reserve driver the allocated back-up for Racing Point this weekend as Stoffel Vandoorne is unavailable. But Gutierrez has not raced an F1 car since leaving Alfa Romeo (formerly Sauber) at the end of 2014.

A more recent and likely option is Nico Hulkenberg, with the German missing out on a seat in 2020 after being replaced at Renault by Esteban Ocon. Hulkenberg drove for the Racing Point team in their former guise as Force India in 2012 and from 2014 to 2016.

Starting grid

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 24.303secs

2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:24.616

3 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:25.325

4 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:25.427

5 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:25.782

6 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:25.839

7 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:25.965

8 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:26.009

9 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Renault 1:26.209

10 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:26.339

11 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.501

12 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:26.545

13 Nico Hulkenburg (Ger) Racing Point 1:26.566

14 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.744

15 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:27.158

16 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.164

17 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.366

18 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:27.643

19 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:27.705

20 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:27.092 + five-place grid penalty

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