F1 British Grand Prix qualifying: Start time, how to watch & more

After a quick pause to take stock, Formula 1 action resumes with another triple-header starting with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Here's how to watch qualifying

F1 British Grand Prix qualifying: Start time, how to watch & more

Mercedes may have dominated the opening three races, but neither F1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton nor team-mate Valtteri Bottas topped either of the Friday practice sessions ahead of the British GP, as Lance Stroll claimed top spot honours for Racing Point in FP2.

The qualifying simulations runs in the afternoon session were stalled by a red flag for a heavy crash by Alexander Albon at Stowe, with the Red Bull driver checked over at the medical centre after sustaining an impact recorded at 20G.

Despite taking no further part in practice, Albon held on to second place in the afternoon session ahead of Bottas, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc splitting the Mercedes pair in fourth place in front of Hamilton in fifth.

With Carlos Sainz Jr in sixth place for McLaren at the end of FP2, Nico Hulkenberg completed a "wild" 24 hours as he made his F1 comeback standing in for Sergio Perez at Racing Point, as the Mexican has been sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19.

Friday turned into a frustrating day for Sebastian Vettel as he effectively missed all of FP1 due to an intercooler problem, before being held back by a problem with his car pedals during the afternoon session. The German ended FP2 down in 18th place and over 1.5 seconds off the pace.

Max Verstappen was also off the pace, but his FP2 run on the soft tyres was hampered when he had to back off from a fast lap after coming across Romain Grosjean on a preparation lap in his Haas. The Red Bull driver finished the second practice session in 14th place.

What time does qualifying for the British Grand Prix start?

Qualifying for the British GP starts at 2pm local time (2pm BST), using the regular Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout session format.

Date: Saturday 1 August 2020
Start time: 2pm local time - 2pm BST

How can I watch qualifying?

In the United Kingdom every F1 practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, with qualifying coverage starting at 1pm BST.

Channel 4 is also broadcasting the British GP live with qualifying coverage starting at 1pm BST. Autosport will be running a live text coverage of qualifying.

What's the weather forecast for qualifying at Silverstone?

Cloudy conditions with the chance of sunshine is forecast throughout Saturday at Silverstone with a small chance of rain before qualifying. Temperatures are expected to see highs of 22 degrees Celsius, which is set to be around 12 degrees cooler than FP2 was held in.

FP2 result

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Lance Stroll BWT Racing Point F1 Team 1m27.274s
2 Alexander Albon Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 0.090s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 0.157s
4 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari 0.296s
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 0.307s
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren F1 Team 0.546s
7 Nico Hulkenberg BWT Racing Point F1 Team 0.636s
8 Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 0.723s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault DP World F1 Team 0.838s
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 0.885s
11 Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team 0.895s
12 Esteban Ocon Renault DP World F1 Team 0.945s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 0.982s
14 Max Verstappen Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1.116s
15 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1.152s
16 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1.290s
17 George Russell Williams Racing 1.497s
18 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 1.586s
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1.624s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing 2.684s


shares
comments
Hulkenberg reflects on "crazy and wild" 24 hours after F1 comeback
Previous article

Hulkenberg reflects on "crazy and wild" 24 hours after F1 comeback

Next article

Hamilton explains "difficult day" of F1 British GP practice amid balance woes

Hamilton explains "difficult day" of F1 British GP practice amid balance woes
Load comments
How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Plus

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated Plus

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated

Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next
 world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2021
The downside to F1's show and tell proposal Plus

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal

Technology lies at the heart of the F1 story and it fascinates fans, which is why the commercial rights holder plans to compel teams to show more of their ‘secrets’. STUART CODLING fears this will encourage techno-quackery…

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2021
How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits Plus

How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells STUART CODLING about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Plus

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at
 Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as BEN ANDERSON discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren  Plus

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren 

From being lapped by his own team-mate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Plus

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing windtunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher Plus

The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles at a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021