F1 Qualifying LIVE: Lewis Hamilton aims for pole position for British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Bernie Eccleston ‘surprised’ Hamilton did not ‘set aside’ Nelson Piquet’s racist comment

Follow live F1 coverage as the British Grand Prix weekend continues with third practice and qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday. Last time out, Max Verstappen took his sixth win of the season at the Canadian Grand Prix, holding off a late charge from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. The reigning world champion’s lead at the top of the Championship standings is now 46 points from teammate Sergio Perez, who failed to finish in Montreal.

Lewis Hamilton finished third – only his second podium of the season – while his British team-mate George Russell came fourth. Both the Silver Arrows and Ferrari – with Charles Leclerc having a month to forget – will be looking to get back on the podium this weekend. Hamilton won last season’s race after crashing into Verstappen in a memorable first-lap moment at Copse corner. It was the Briton’s eighth triumph on home soil.

Sainz was fastest in the second practice session on Friday, with Hamilton in second and fellow Briton Lando Norris completing the top three.

Follow all the latest updates as we wrap up Sunday’s British Grand Prix:

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Stroll and Vettel in Aston Martins are the first cars to take to the track…

And we proceed with the third training! One last hour for the teams and their drivers to tune in before qualifying this evening…

Kieran JacksonJuly 2, 2022 12:04 p.m

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The third practice session is about to start here at Silverstone!

Kieran JacksonJuly 2, 2022 12:00

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Here are the current driver ratings:

Drivers Championship

  1. Max Verstappen – 175 points
  2. Sergio Perez – 129 points
  3. Charles Leclerc – 126 points
  4. George Russell – 111 points
  5. Carlos Sainz – 102 points
  6. Lewis Hamilton – 77 points
  7. Lando Norris – 50 points
  8. Valtteri Bottas – 46 points
  9. Esteban Ocon – 39 points
  10. Fernando Alonso – 18 points
  11. Pierre Gasly – 16 points
  12. Kevin Magnussen – 15 points
  13. Daniel Ricciardo – 15 points
  14. Sebastian Vettel -13 points
  15. Yuki Tsunoda – 11 points
  16. Guanyu Zhou – 5 points
  17. Alex Albon – 3 points
  18. Lance Stroll – 2 points
  19. Mick Schumacher – 0 points
  20. Nico Hulkenberg – 0 points
  21. Nikolaos Latifi – 0 points

Kieran JacksonJuly 2, 2022 11:42

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If you missed it yesterday…

Christian Horner talks about junior driver Juri Vips and Nelson Piquet’s tongue-lashing of Lewis Hamilton…

Kieran JacksonJuly 2, 2022 11:24

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Here’s a recap of all the action on Friday:

Kieran JacksonJuly 2, 2022 10:58

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Good morning!

Welcome to By the Independent Live coverage of third practice and qualifying at the British Grand Prix!

There’s gray skies in the air here at Silverstone, with rain expected in and around qualifying later.

Here are your times for today:

Kieran JacksonJuly 2, 2022 10:30

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Both Sainz and Hamilton complained about bounce – yet they finished in the top two!

Kieran JacksonJuly 1, 2022 5:45 p.m

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Does Max have anything in the cupboard for Saturday?

Kieran JacksonJuly 1, 2022 5:19 p.m

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Kieran JacksonJuly 1, 2022 5:10 p.m

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Sainz on top in FP2!

Despite Hamilton’s slipstream advantage, Russell can’t improve his time…

Sainz leads the ledarboard, but perhaps there is reason for optimism for Mercedes? Hamilton is second after this session, with Norris in third – the pair are less than two-tenths off Ferrari’s set pace.

Not a bad time for the British!

Kieran JacksonJuly 1, 2022 5:03 p.m

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