2017 British Formula 1 Grand Prix - First free practice
We will be back for second practice at 13:00 local time!
Stay tuned to the website for a full report, results, news and photos
Behind, there's a gap back to Red Bull and Ferrari
Both drivers beat last year's pole position time...
Bottas finishes on top, just ahead of Hamilton
Chequered flag - that's the end of FP1
No major improvements being made in the closing stages
He regains his composure and begins another lap
Stroll is moving slowly after an excursion at the second part of Becketts
Kvyat has gone seventh on Super Softs, ahead of Alonso and Massa
He's back in the pits, with mechanics looking into the issue
"Something is loose in the cockpit," Stroll reports over the radio
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/
Force India boss Vijay Mallya is present in the paddock this weekend
He's currently 15th, half a second down on regular driver Grosjean
A word on Giovinazzi, who is getting a run in Magnussen's car
Top 10 update: BOT (S), HAM (S), VER (SS), RIC (SS), RAI (SS), VET (SS), ALO (SS), MAS (S), VAN (SS), SAI (SS)
Verstappen makes a small lap time improvement but stays third
Hamilton, on his used Softs, gets to within a tenth of Bottas
Ricciardo is fourth, with a gap back to Vettel and Raikkonen (all Super Softs)
Remember, he is on Super Softs, with Mercedes on Softs
Verstappen improves his time to go third, 0.680s adrift of Bottas
He held it well, but that lap is over...
Replays show him losing the rear on the exit of Brooklands
Raikkonen has a moment under braking for Luffield
It's not been the smoothest session for him so far...
Replays show Vettel running wide at The Loop
Hamilton is back out on used Softs, but still improves to 1:29.485
So we're already below last year's pole position time!
Bottas, on another set of Softs, improves to 1:29.106 up front
He no doubt picked up some damage with his earlier off
Massa's car is up on jacks and without a floor
Reports have suggested that Sauber's deal with Honda has been called off...
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/
Ericsson breaks the silence by heading back out in his Sauber
Initial sets of tyres are handed back to Pirelli at the 40-minute mark
It's clear now, though all drivers are back in the pits
We briefly had yellow flags, as marshals picked up debris from Massa's off
Hamilton gesticulates as he gets blocked by a rival
Moments later, Bottas reclaims P1 on 1:29.651
Hamilton edges 0.079s ahead of Bottas with an improvement
Ricciardo goes third, from Verstappen, Raikkonen and Alonso
Now we're only half a second away from last year's pole time...
Hamilton briefly takes over at the top, before Bottas clocks a 1:29.876
Bottas (Softs) goes fastest with a 1:30.788
He rejoins at Chapel and heads back to the pits
Vettel goes for a spin after losing the rear in the second part of Becketts
Verstappen (still on Softs) gets into the 1m30s
Vettel has a wobble out of the final corner as he posts his first time
So we're already much quicker, albeit with different tyres
For reference, last year's FP1 benchmark was a 1:31.654 (on Mediums)
It will be interesting to hear his feedback after FP1...
Vettel is back out on track, without the shield device
Another lap, another improvement from Raikkonen - 1:30.969
Raikkonen improves to a 1:31.305 on the red-marked rubber
It looks as though some bodywork came off there...
Replays show Massa running over the revised kerbs at Copse
Ricciardo (also Softs) edges ahead with a 1:32.389
Verstappen, on Softs, goes a tenth slower with his first lap
Raikkonen, on Super Softs, clocks the first time of the weekend - 1:32.533
Raikkonen breaks the silence by heading back out on track
He is talking to his engineers on the central timing/telemetry wall
A group of mechanics are working on the front of Hamilton's car
Ferrari mechanics have removed the shield from his car
Vettel flew past us on his motorbike this morning, as we arrived at the circuit - the best way to beat the traffic!
Vettel is talking to F1 motorsport chief Ross Brawn in the pits
Stroll pits after a leisurely lap and the track falls silent
Just the usual systems checks so far this morning - no times yet
Replays now show Verstappen overshooting his pit box
Verstappen's car is being pushed back to the garage by mechanics
Hamilton is the last of the 20 drivers to make an appearance
Red Bull has applied some aero updates for this event
Ricciardo is also running with big rakes on his sidepods
Palmer has some sizeable aero rakes on the rear of his car
Plenty more drivers are out for early installation laps
Raikkonen is following his team-mate, without the shield
If you haven't seen it yet, here's a shot of the device:
Vettel is the first driver to the end of the pit lane, with the shield fitted
Green light - FP1 is underway!
Now there will be an anxious wait over a potential fresh agreement...
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
Plenty of fans in the grandstands already, despite the early start
He is set for several more FP1 runs over the course of the campaign
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:
One driver change to mention for the opening practice session
In typical Silverstone fashion, the sun has just broken through the clouds...
Air and track temperatures are sitting at 14°C and 21°C respectively
Ocon rubs his hands together in the Force India garage - it's chilly this morning
We certainly needed DRS during our track run last night!
There are two DRS zones in place, the first coming on the Wellington Straight, and the second following on the Hangar Straight
As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft, Soft and Medium tyres here
We can't wait for the battles ahead...
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/
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
Hamilton, though, is pushing for a fourth straight win at Silverstone
So, a re-cap - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel enters the weekend 20 points clear of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in a fascinating championship battle
As it stands, it's dry, but those clouds look rather menacing!
Hello and welcome to live coverage of first practice for the British Grand Prix!