With Mercedes a second clear at the top of the Friday timesheets, and looking strong on long-run pace, the question is: who will be best of the rest?
Red Bull? McLaren? Ferrari? Well, based on what we saw during Friday practice, it seems that Force India is well placed to fight at the front of that group on race pace.
The Silverstone-based squad was nowhere on headline laptimes, as neither Nico Hulkenberg nor Sergio Perez hooked up a strong qualifying simulation lap on their first run on soft tyres. This left it well down the order.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.