Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone
After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix
The less said about the first practice session for the 2022 British Grand Prix the better.
The opening one-hour qualifying session was a tedious exercise in frustration for the 106,000 people that had packed into Silverstone, eager to finally see the new ground effect Formula 1 cars in a ‘natural’ high-speed setting.
But the British summer rather ruined that, with a sudden downpour just as FP1 was beginning and further rain sprinkles later on confining the cars to the pitlane for most of the session. Some did venture out, keen to get a feeling on the intermediate tyres given wet weather is currently predicted to threaten qualifying today, but it was a stunted session.
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