Formula 1: Russell, Mercedes, on top in final practice


The final practice for Sunday’s British Grand Prix has concluded and it’s an all-British lockout at the top of the timesheets as George Russell set the pace ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Lando Norris. After a day of overcast, but largely dry day of running on Friday, Saturday’s final practice saw the rain truly come as heavy rainfall overnight left a soaked surface for drivers and teams to tackle before the afternoon qualifying session as drivers would bring intermediate tires on track for a proper test in anticipation of mixed conditions for the remainder of the weekend.

HIGHLIGHTS: Relive the FP3 action from Silverstone as Russell goes fastest in wet conditions and Gasly spins out

Kevin Magnussen and Max Verstappen were the first to show just how slick the racing surface was as the Haas driver lapped nearly 30 seconds slower than the times set in FP2 yesterday afternoon. Moments later, Verstappen would go for a spin in his Red Bull machine at the exit of Brooklands just before Pierre Gasly would bring out the red flag for beaching his Alpine in the gravel at Club.

The early afternoon showers would hold off for the remainder of the session as drivers took back to the circuit after the red flag, though mixed reports from Russell and Bottas left many struggling for consistency. As the drier line began to appear, it was Hamilton who led the way halfway through the session with a 1:38.065s lap, pushing him up above Charles LeClerc, Norris, and Verstappen. Conditions continued to improve as Hamilton’s teammate Russell would go 0.035s quicker, cementing him on the top of the time sheets for the remainder of the session as Norris, Carlos Sainz, and Verstappen all improved their times but were unable to drop either Mercedes driver down the order.

With qualifying up next it looks to be an all-out fight between the home drivers as Russell, Hamilton, and Norris all look primed to fight for the top step for Sunday’s race start. Catch all the action live at 15:00 local time this afternoon.

Free Practice 1 Report – CLICK HERE

Free Practice 2 Report – CLICK HERE


DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
July 5thPractice 112:30 – 13:30
Practice 216:00 – 17:00
July 6thPractice 311:30 – 12:30
Qualifying15:00 – 16:00
July 7thRace15:00

Free Practice 3 Results

163George RussellMERCEDES1:37.52923
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:37.5640.035s28
34Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:37.7140.185s20
455Carlos SainzFERRARI1:38.1390.610s23
51Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:38.3930.864s20
616Charles LeclercFERRARI1:38.4540.925s26
781Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:38.6541.125s27
814Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:38.9401.411s21
911Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:39.2841.755s18
1027Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:39.3401.811s16
1123Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:39.6032.074s24
1218Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:39.7002.171s23
132Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:39.7022.173s22
1422Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:39.8202.291s26
1577Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:40.2422.713s22
1631Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:40.4302.901s25
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:40.5393.010s21
183Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:40.8233.294s28
1924Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:41.7854.256s23
2010Pierre Gasly