In the case of fresh 17-degree Celsius air temperature and 19-degree Celsius asphalt temperature, on Saturday morning in Silverstone the last Free Training took place before the qualifying in the afternoon and the Great Prize of Great Britain on Sunday.
Shortly before the beginning of the 60 training months, a rain shower took place, so that the 5, 891 km long Silverstone Circuit was still wet at the beginning. After a somewhat restrained start in training, the second half was much more to the point. Nico Rosberg, in particular, needed to catch up after having to skip the second 90-minute training due to technical problems on Friday.
For a great moment of horror, Marcus Ericsson, the Stowe’s departure at over 200-speed, in addition to the ideal line on the still damp art races, lost control of his car, Slipped across the line through the grass and pushed into the line boundary. The impact was so severe that even the steering wheel loosened.
The cleaner was so badly damaged that the pictures made it unlikely that the Swede, who was able to get out of the car by himself, could participate in the qualifying. A doctor checked his reflexes on the spot. In order to save the car and repair the barriers, training was interrupted 20 minutes before the end and released five minutes before the end of training.
Mercedes dominates again
Best time was secured at the end in 1:30.904 minutes Lewis Hamilton, who came on only eight laps. Team colleague Nico Rosberg followed with 0063 seconds behind almost in second place of Daniel Ricciardo (+0584 seconds) and team colleague Max Verstappen in the Red Bull (+0657).
Rank five went to Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari (+1145), who again complained about a transmission problem that may have to be changed again, before Valtteri Bottas in Williams (+1832) and McLaren driver Fernando Alonso (+1850). If Vettel’s suspicions are confirmed, there will be a new starting point penalty. Only a week ago in Spielberg, Ferrari had installed a completely new gearbox in the German’s car.
Nico Hilkenberg in the Indian Force came to position eight (+1929). Kimi was followed in the second Ferrari with 1929 seconds behind. The top 10 completed Carlos Sainz in Toro Rosso (+1985).
Eleventh ranking went to Esteban Guttierez in Haas (+1991) in front of local mayor Jenson Button (McLaren; + 2138), Romain Grosjean (Haas; + 2449), Sergio Perez (Force India; + 2457), Felipe Massa (Williams; + 2536), Daniil Kvyat in Toro Rosso (+2634) and Felipe Nasr in Sauber (+2806).
The two Renaults of Jolyon Palmer (+2865) and Kevin Magnussen (+3145) followed in places 18 and 19 before Rio Haryanto (Manor; + 3567), Ericsson (+3647) and Pascal Wehrlein (Manor; + 3754).