2017 British Formula 1 Grand Prix - First free practice

10:31
We will be back for second practice at 13:00 local time!
10:31
Stay tuned to the website for a full report, results, news and photos
10:30
Behind, there's a gap back to Red Bull and Ferrari
10:30
Both drivers beat last year's pole position time...
10:30
Bottas finishes on top, just ahead of Hamilton
10:30
Chequered flag - that's the end of FP1
10:29
No major improvements being made in the closing stages
10:26
He regains his composure and begins another lap
10:25
Stroll is moving slowly after an excursion at the second part of Becketts
10:23
10:22
Kvyat has gone seventh on Super Softs, ahead of Alonso and Massa
10:20
He's back in the pits, with mechanics looking into the issue
10:20
"Something is loose in the cockpit," Stroll reports over the radio
10:19
He is not able to travel to foreign races at the moment, given his legal situation: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/352058/mallya-arrested-after-extradition-request/
10:17
Force India boss Vijay Mallya is present in the paddock this weekend
10:13
He's currently 15th, half a second down on regular driver Grosjean
10:13
A word on Giovinazzi, who is getting a run in Magnussen's car
10:12
Top 10 update: BOT (S), HAM (S), VER (SS), RIC (SS), RAI (SS), VET (SS), ALO (SS), MAS (S), VAN (SS), SAI (SS)
10:07
10:06
Verstappen makes a small lap time improvement but stays third
10:05
Hamilton, on his used Softs, gets to within a tenth of Bottas
10:04
Ricciardo is fourth, with a gap back to Vettel and Raikkonen (all Super Softs)
10:03
Remember, he is on Super Softs, with Mercedes on Softs
10:03
Verstappen improves his time to go third, 0.680s adrift of Bottas
10:00
He held it well, but that lap is over...
10:00
Replays show him losing the rear on the exit of Brooklands
10:00
Raikkonen has a moment under braking for Luffield
09:59
Plenty of drivers are back out and lapping again now:
09:57
It's not been the smoothest session for him so far...
09:57
Replays show Vettel running wide at The Loop
09:55
Hamilton is back out on used Softs, but still improves to 1:29.485
09:54
So we're already below last year's pole position time!
09:53
Bottas, on another set of Softs, improves to 1:29.106 up front
09:52
He no doubt picked up some damage with his earlier off
09:52
Massa's car is up on jacks and without a floor
09:49
Reports have suggested that Sauber's deal with Honda has been called off...
09:49
He spoke about Frederic Vasseur's arrival as team boss yesterday, with the initial focus on clarifying the team's engine situation for 2018: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/355766/ericsson-vasseur-s-first-priority-is-honda/
09:48
Ericsson breaks the silence by heading back out in his Sauber
09:41
09:40
Initial sets of tyres are handed back to Pirelli at the 40-minute mark
09:40
It's clear now, though all drivers are back in the pits
09:40
We briefly had yellow flags, as marshals picked up debris from Massa's off
09:38
09:38
Hamilton gesticulates as he gets blocked by a rival
09:35
Moments later, Bottas reclaims P1 on 1:29.651
09:35
Hamilton edges 0.079s ahead of Bottas with an improvement
09:34
Ricciardo goes third, from Verstappen, Raikkonen and Alonso
09:33
Now we're only half a second away from last year's pole time...
09:32
Here's a look at Massa's incident a little earlier:
09:32
Hamilton briefly takes over at the top, before Bottas clocks a 1:29.876
09:30
Bottas (Softs) goes fastest with a 1:30.788
09:29
He rejoins at Chapel and heads back to the pits
09:29
Vettel goes for a spin after losing the rear in the second part of Becketts
09:28
Verstappen (still on Softs) gets into the 1m30s
09:27
Vettel has a wobble out of the final corner as he posts his first time
09:27
So we're already much quicker, albeit with different tyres
09:27
For reference, last year's FP1 benchmark was a 1:31.654 (on Mediums)
09:26
It will be interesting to hear his feedback after FP1...
09:26
Vettel is back out on track, without the shield device
09:26
Another lap, another improvement from Raikkonen - 1:30.969
09:24
Raikkonen improves to a 1:31.305 on the red-marked rubber
09:23
It looks as though some bodywork came off there...
09:23
Replays show Massa running over the revised kerbs at Copse
09:23
Ricciardo (also Softs) edges ahead with a 1:32.389
09:22
Verstappen, on Softs, goes a tenth slower with his first lap
09:20
Raikkonen, on Super Softs, clocks the first time of the weekend - 1:32.533
09:18
Here's a look at the aero devices we mentioned a little earlier:
09:18
Raikkonen breaks the silence by heading back out on track
09:17
He is talking to his engineers on the central timing/telemetry wall
09:16
A group of mechanics are working on the front of Hamilton's car
09:14
Ferrari mechanics have removed the shield from his car
09:13
Vettel flew past us on his motorbike this morning, as we arrived at the circuit - the best way to beat the traffic!
09:12
Vettel is talking to F1 motorsport chief Ross Brawn in the pits
09:11
Stroll pits after a leisurely lap and the track falls silent
09:09
Just the usual systems checks so far this morning - no times yet
09:06
Here's (almost) Vettel's view, with the shield fitted:
09:06
Replays now show Verstappen overshooting his pit box
09:05
Verstappen's car is being pushed back to the garage by mechanics
09:05
09:04
Hamilton is the last of the 20 drivers to make an appearance
09:03
Red Bull has applied some aero updates for this event
09:03
Ricciardo is also running with big rakes on his sidepods
09:02
Palmer has some sizeable aero rakes on the rear of his car
09:02
Plenty more drivers are out for early installation laps
09:01
Raikkonen is following his team-mate, without the shield
09:01
If you haven't seen it yet, here's a shot of the device:
09:00
Vettel is the first driver to the end of the pit lane, with the shield fitted
09:00
Green light - FP1 is underway!
08:59
Now there will be an anxious wait over a potential fresh agreement...
08:58
Drivers spoke fondly of Silverstone yesterday, when asked about its F1 future, after the BRDC activated a break clause to stop hosting the race after 2019
08:57
Plenty of fans in the grandstands already, despite the early start
08:55
He is set for several more FP1 runs over the course of the campaign
08:54
Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi, who contested two races with Sauber earlier this season, will get a run in Kevin Magnussen's Haas VF-17, sporting #50:
08:53
One driver change to mention for the opening practice session
08:52
In typical Silverstone fashion, the sun has just broken through the clouds...
08:50
Air and track temperatures are sitting at 14°C and 21°C respectively
08:50
Ocon rubs his hands together in the Force India garage - it's chilly this morning
08:49
08:49
We certainly needed DRS during our track run last night!
08:48
There are two DRS zones in place, the first coming on the Wellington Straight, and the second following on the Hangar Straight
08:48
As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft, Soft and Medium tyres here
08:47
We can't wait for the battles ahead...
08:46
He came under fire during Thursday's press conference, but says he prepared for his home race "the best way I could": http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/355771/hamilton-prepared-the-best-way-i-could/
08:45
After the drama in Azerbaijan, and gearbox woes in Austria, Hamilton took a two-day break in Greece, missing the first F1 Live event in London in the process
08:44
Hamilton, though, is pushing for a fourth straight win at Silverstone
08:44
So, a re-cap - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel enters the weekend 20 points clear of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in a fascinating championship battle
08:42
As it stands, it's dry, but those clouds look rather menacing!
08:41
Typical summer weather greeted us as we entered the paddock this morning...
08:41
Hello and welcome to live coverage of first practice for the British Grand Prix!