Valtteri Bottas is quickest, 0.138s ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The soft tyres which were not used much last weekend were used exclusively in this session.
No usage of other compounds at FP1.Decent lap from Hulkenberg, though. Finishing within a tenth of Verstappen.
Robert Kubica got another chance in the FP1 filling in for Antonio Giovanazzi’s Alfa Romeo.
McLaren couldn’t get into the top 10 as Andreas Siedel told pundits various tests are being done on the cars, who had both drivers in Q3 last weekend – couldn’t crack the top 10 in FP1, Lando Norris taking P12, while Carlos Sainz was P14.
Romain Grosjean in between for Haas – and P6 to P16 covered by less than a second.
Fresh off his podium on Sunday,Charles Leclerc was fifth for Ferrari, ahead of the Red Bull of Alex Albon – who complained of understeer – and the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, the four-time champ once again looking the less comfortable of the two Scuderia drivers with the team’s low-downforce set-up on the SF1000.
Kimi Raikkonen overcame a small off at Aintree – an off that Vettel replicated later in the session – to finish in P18, ahead of Robert Kubica.
George Russell was once again the lead Williams driver in P15, just one spot in front of team mate Nicholas Latifi, as the Grove team look to try and crack Q2 for the fourth race in a row once qualifying kicks off on Saturday.