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Grid penalty for Ricciardo at British GP

Grid penalty for Ricciardo at British GP”

"He was taking a couple of days off. Can you imagine what I was doing when I was driving racing cars?" Combined with a slipstream it was a very, very strong lap from Valtteri that allowed him to get pole position.

"It would be ridiculous", he said. Their decision to break the contract could be seen coming, even as the British GP enjoys favorable attendance.

Grosjean complained that he had lost time behind the Briton when the two met at the Club corner, with Hamilton preparing for his second Q3 flying lap on his first run, while Grosjean was on a quick lap behind. It marked the second grand prix in succession in which a Mercedes driver has been penalised for a gearbox change.

Storylines such as this one continue to indicate how complex the sport is and the challenges that the new owners, Liberty Media, face moving forward.

Vettel, who has been so consistent this season, was only fourth, four tenths of a second slower than the Mercedes pair. "It doesn't help. Getting in doesn't matter".

When it was put to Horner that it would probably be wet in Britain, he replied: "It probably won't be, knowing Silverstone!".

Overall, it's surprisingly hard to pick who's got the edge for Sunday from FP2 so far.

It has also been produced with the thought of making it more aesthetically pleasing in mind, a common complaint of the Aeroscreen and in particular the Halo.

His team-mate Sergio Perez added: "From the outside it doesn't look too bad".

F1's shield in action at Silverstone.

Either way, Mercedes' decision to run Bottas on the medium tyre suggests the team are not confident they can use the soft tyre in a one-stop strategy.

Success has been elusive, however, with Ferrari failing to win a race in 2016 and Vettel making more headlines for angry radio outbursts.

Jolyon Palmer ended Q2 in P11 in his Renault, just 0.088secs adrift of a place in the top-ten shootout.

The session began in cool conditions with rain intensifying.

- Bottas and Alonso have both suffered grid-spot penalties.

A full first test is scheduled for the Italian Grand Prix in September.

Before we go into the Austrian weekend, I ought to talk about Thursday (July 6).

The track is built on the grounds of a former World War II bomber airport. "We have an agreement with Silverstone for three more years", he said.



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