Bernie Eccleston ‘surprised’ Hamilton hasn’t ‘brushed aside’ Nelson Piquet’s racist comment
Follow live F1 coverage as the British Grand Prix weekend kicks off with free practice sessions one and two at Silverstone. Last time out in Canada, Max Verstappen claimed his sixth victory of the season in Montreal, holding off a late charge from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. The reigning world champion’s lead at the top of the Championship leaderboard is now 46 points from team-mate Sergio Perez.
Lewis Hamilton finished third – only his second podium of the season – while fellow British team-mate George Russell came home in fourth. Both the Silver Arrows and Ferrari – with Charles Leclerc having had a month to forget – will be striving to get back on the podium this weekend.
Hamilton won last season’s race, after crashing with Verstappen in a memorable moment on the opening lap at Copse corner – and an incident which has sprung back into the public eye given Nelson Piquet’s racist language to describe Hamilton when speaking about the crash.
Follow all the latest updates as we build towards this weekend’s British Grand Prix:
3 minutes to go…
Plenty of cars now out on track to complete a lap or two before the end of the session, with many on soft tyres.
Only 10 drivers have set lap times so far…
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 13:59
Hamilton is back out on track!
To the applause of the British fans, the eight-time winner here is the only car back out on track with just over 12 minutes to go in first practice…
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 13:54
Bad news: it’s just started raining again…
All 20 cars are still in the pits with 15 minutes to go of first practice, which has turned into a bit of a damp squib here.
Lewis Hamilton has returned to his cockpit though… might we have a few cars run in the closing stages?
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 13:45
Lewis Hamilton takes out nose stud as Mercedes star backs down in F1 jewelery row
Here’s more on Hamilton taking out his nose stud for first practice on Friday:
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 13:40
No cars out on track at the moment
All 10 teams are waiting for the rain to clear…
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 13:38
Wet conditions means just a handful of cars are out on track at the moment…
Lap times are very varied at the moment, with some of the drivers taking it easy amid the wet conditions.
The good news? No more rain is expected in this session.
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 13:19
BREAKING: Reports are coming in that Hamilton – who has already been out on track – has removed his nose stud
It seems the Mercedes driver has complied with the FIA.
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 13:15
Hamilton and Russell are first out on the track!
Of course, it’s raining at Silverstone!
Not many cars out on track so far – Charles Leclerc is the only driver to have completed a lapse so far.
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 13:08
10 minutes until FP1 starts at Silverstone!
Who will put down the early benchmark this weekend?
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 12:50
Look who’s here!
Lewis Hamilton is targeting a ninth triumph at the British Grand Prix this weekend.
First practice gets underway in half-an-hour…
Kieran Jackson1 July 2022 12:30