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British Grand Prix LIVE result: Latest F1 reaction as Lewis Hamilton wins despite last-lap puncture in late drama

Re-live lap-by-lap updates from Silverstone as Hamilton wins the seventh British Grand Prix of his career despite a dramatic last-lap puncture

Jack de Menezes
Sports News Correspondent
Sunday 02 August 2020 15:55
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F1: A lap of the British Grand Prix

Follow the latest updates live from the British Grand Prix as Silverstone hosts the first of two back-to-back races with Lewis Hamilton starting from pole position.

The home favourite does not have the normal support of the British fans as the Grand Prix takes place this weekend without fans due to the coronavirus measures, which has also seen Sergio Perez ruled out of the race after he tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday evening.

It means a return for Nico Hulkengberg in the Racing Point, who despite appearing to have enormous pace in the car disappointed in qualifying as Max Verstappen took third behind the two Mercedes, with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in fourth ahead of another British driver in McLaren’s Lando Norris. Follow the live action below.

When is it?

The British Grand Prix takes place across 31 July - 2 August 2020.

What time does each session start?

FRIDAY

Free practice 1: 11am – 12:30pm BST

Free practice 2: 3pm – 4:30pm BST

SATURDAY

Free practice 3: 11am – 12pm BST

Qualifying: 2pm – 3pm BST

SUNDAY

Race: 2:10pm – 4:10pm BST

How can I watch it?

All European races will be held behind closed doors, meaning that the only way fans will be able to see the action is on television.

In the UK, Sky Sports continue to hold the exclusive rights for F1, but Channel 4 is able to show every session from the British Grand Prix live this weekend.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can purchase a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Here’s how Sky and Channel 4 plan to show the British Grand Prix:

FRIDAY

Free practice 1: 10:30am – 12:50am BST – (Sky Sports F1 + Sky Sports Main Event), 10:55am - 12:35pm BST (Channel 4)

Free practice 2: 2:45pm – 4:45pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky Sports Main Event), 2:35pm - 4:35pm BST (Channel 4)

SATURDAY

Free practice 3: 10:45am – 12:10pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 10:55am - 12pm BST (Channel 4)

Qualifying: 1pm – 3:35pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 1pm - 4pm BST (Channel 4)

SUNDAY

Race: 12:30pm – 5pm BST (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky One), 1pm - 6pm BST (Channel 4)

Highlights: 6:30pm - 7:30pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 11:45pm - 12:45am BST (Channel 4)

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Drier changes

With Sergio Perez ruled out of action, Racing Point will have to make a decision on who to replace the Mexican with as they intend on racing two cars this weekend. Esteban Gutierrez is one option, with the Mercedes reserve driver the allocated back-up for Racing Point this weekend as Stoffel Vandoorne is unavailable. But Gutierrez has not raced an F1 car since leaving Alfa Romeo (formerly Sauber) at the end of 2014.

A more recent and likely option is Nico Hulkenberg, with the German missing out on a seat in 2020 after being replaced at Renault by Esteban Ocon. Hulkenberg drove for the Racing Point team in their former guise as Force India in 2012 and from 2014 to 2016.

Starting grid

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 24.303secs

2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:24.616

3 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:25.325

4 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:25.427

5 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:25.782

6 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:25.839

7 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:25.965

8 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:26.009

9 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Renault 1:26.209

10 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:26.339

11 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.501

12 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:26.545

13 Nico Hulkenburg (Ger) Racing Point 1:26.566

14 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.744

15 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:27.158

16 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.164

17 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.366

18 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:27.643

19 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:27.705

20 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:27.092 + five-place grid penalty

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the British Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton bids to win a seventh race at Silverstone of his career in an effort to increase his world championship lead.

Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:03
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It'll be a British Grand Prix like no other, with drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell admitting Silverstone just does not feel the same without the fans.

An empty Silverstone greets the 20 drivers this weekend in the first of two back-to-back races, with the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix next weekend to also take place at the famous British circuit.

While the action continues though, this weekend has really hit home how the sport is missing one of its greatest aspects.

Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:20
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It is the first British Grand Prix since the death of Sir Stirling Moss, who passed away on the 12 April at the age of 90 following a short illness.

Moss was one of the most-loved figures within the sport and the original British gentleman driver, who remains arguably the greatest to have never won the world championship.

Despite the absence of fans, F1 have paid tribute to Moss as well as Sky Sports and Channel Four, who have run their own tributes to the great driver.

Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:26
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Looking at more recent news, it was a third straight pole position for Lewis Hamilton, who set a blistering new track record to clinch top spot ahead of Valtteri Bottas in yesterday's qualifying session.

It wasn't all plain sailing for Hamilton though as a spin in Q2 not only showed home much the drivers were battling the track, but also put him in jeopardy of needing a second run on the medium tyres to make it through to Q3. 

If strategy plays out as expected, Hamilton shouldn't suffer too much from using an extra set of medium tyres, though he does not have a brand new set of medium compound tyres should a two-stopper come into play, unlike Bottas.

Here's how qualifying played out.

Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:29
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Silverstone comes to live as the pits opens up to allow drivers to head out on their reconnaissance laps before making their way to the grid.

With that in mind, here is how the grid shapes up this afternoon.

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 24.303secs

2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:24.616

3 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:25.325

4 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:25.427

5 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:25.782

6 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:25.839

7 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:25.965

8 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:26.009

9 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Renault 1:26.209

10 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:26.339

11 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.501

12 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:26.545

13 Nico Hulkenburg (Ger) Racing Point 1:26.566

14 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.744

15 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:27.158

16 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.164

17 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.366

18 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:27.643

19 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:27.705

20 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:27.092 + five-place grid penalty

Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:42
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There's a fair amount of concern in the Racing Point garage where Nico Hulkenberg is up on the jacks with his car in pieces, which is not what you want half an hour before the race begins.

The returning German, who stands in for Sergio Perez this weekend, is due to start in 13th but that looks like they may have to go with a pit lane start there if Racing Point can't get him out in time.

Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:45
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Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:45
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Hulkenberg has indeed missed the window to leave the pits, wit Racing Point unable to start the car when they tried to fire it up. He's out the car and has taken his helmet off, but it's not looking good right now.

Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:47
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F1 is hoping for a more united showing this weekend in their anti-racism message, following the shambles that took place in Austria and Hungary recently.

All the drivers will make sure they are on time at the front of the grid, while the teams are also expected to line up behind the cars in a show of unity.

Vithushan Ehantharajah spoke to Sky Sports F1 presenter Simon Lazenby about the issue.

Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:52
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A powerful anti-racism video displaying all 20 drivers is screened before the gesture of taking a knee, which sees 13 drivers take a knee and seven remain on their feet. Regardless, it is a much more united image that F1 have been able to promote this week, even if the paddock remains split on taking a knee.

Jack de Menezes2 August 2020 13:54

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