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Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to deliver on his home soil of Silverstone and is buoyed after his third place last time out at the Canadian Grand Prix, only his second podium of what has been a hugely disappointing season so far. Max Verstappen claimed his sixth victory of the season in Montreal, holding off a late charge from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. The reigning world champion’s lead at the top of the drivers’ standings is now stands at 46 points ahead of teammate Sergio Perez.
The championship leader led a Red Bull one-two in third and final practice ahead of Perez. Charles Leclerc was third with the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Hamilton fourth and fifth on the timesheets. Follow all the latest updates from Silverstone:
Q1: 1 minute to go!
Hamilton has just gone second, you can relax British fans.
Ricciardo, meanwhile, can only put himself 13th with his second-last lap. Nicholas Latifi meanwhile – the only driver who hasn’t made Q2 this season – goes 10th!
Current bottom-five: Tsunoda, Vettel, Schumacher, Gasly, Stroll.
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 15:18
Q1: 4 minutes to go
All the big-hitters relatively safe at the moment – Hamilton is down in ninth, slightly precarious. Some cars are also pitting for new inters including Daniel Ricciardo, who continues to struggle in the McLaren.
The current bottom five: Latifi, Gasly, Stroll, Ricciardo, Schumacher. But change is inevitable as conditions change in the next few minutes…
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 15:15
Q1: 8 minutes to go
The rain is still falling heavily across Silverstone but is sweeping sideways with a heavy wind.
Every car is now out on track, with the times between first and 15th a massive four seconds given the constantly changing condition of the circuit…
Currently the bottom five: Magnussen, Schumacher, Gasly, Ocon and Vettel.
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 15:10
Q1: 12 minutes to go
Verstappen, Leclerc, Hamilton and Russell the top-four at the moment but, meanwhile, the Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso are still in the pits – do they know something we don’t?!
A reminder: only the bottom five cars in Q1 are eliminated from qualifying…
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 15:07
Q1 is underway!
About half the cars were waiting for at least a minute or two before 3:00 – and it’s the Williams of Nicholas Latifi who leads the pack out! Every car is on the intermediate tyre.
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 15:01
It wouldn’t be the Great British summer without a downpour!
It’s pretty torrential out there now, with fans in the grandstands getting a drenching at the moment!
Opportunities aplenty across the pit wall now, how long will the queue be at the front of the pit lane? Intermediates to start with, before the track is full wet…
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 14:59
The rain has most definitely arrived!
Heavy rain expected around 2:55 at Silverstone, five minutes before the start of Q1…
There may well be a big rush coming out of the pit lane at 3:00 if the track is still at all dry. Cue drama. Stay tuned to keep track of all of it!
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 14:52
15 minutes until qualifying!
We’re getting reports that rain is expected prior to Q1 here at Silverstone. It is very murky overhead. Time for some fun…
Two weeks ago, in the wet in Montreal, Fernando Alonso was the surprise name on the front row for Alpine – who could spring a surprise in potentially similar conditions this afternoon?
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 14:45
A nice moment prior to FP3!
Lewis Hamilton’s younger brother, seven years his junior, Nicholas is in the paddock this weekend, as is his father Anthony.
Nicholas has been at Lewis’ races throughout his Formula 1 career, including in Sao Paolo when he won his first world title back in 2008…
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 14:32
Keanu Reeves is in the house!
The Matrix star is in the Aston Martin garage today at their home circuit!
As for the drivers on track for Aston… Sebastian Vettel was 12th fastest in third practice, with team-mate Lance Stroll back in 16th.
Kieran Jackson2 July 2022 14:20