Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

I was unaware of fans' jeers, says Lewis Hamilton after London no-show

I was unaware of fans' jeers, says Lewis Hamilton after London no-show

Kimi Raikkonen was pleased with his run to second place in Formula 1 qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday, feeling the Ferrari SF70H auto was "the best it has been this weekend".

"I had to make sure I got that lap in".

The Australian, who already had a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, was the slowest of the 20 cars.

"Unless a new contractual arrangement can be reached with Liberty Media, 2019 will be the a year ago that the British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone - the only viable venue for a British GP", mentioned John Grant, Chairman, BRDC.

Despite the gap in qualifying, Vettel - who felt the auto had "come alive" between Friday and Saturday morning practice - admitted he was expecting the Ferrari to be more competitive in race trim, as has often been the case in 2017. Caught out on slicks, Verstappen ran wide at Brooklands and returned slowly to the pits after a slightly comedic moment when Red Bull informed him of yellow flags at Turn 7, to which the teenager replied: "Yeah, that's because of me!"

After setting the practice pace, Bottas said: "We've started the weekend really well".

Hamilton has dominated at this event, his home country's race.

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Lewis Hamilton, who drew criticism for snubbing his fans ahead of the British Grand Prix, will nonetheless be banking on them to spur him on to a record-equalling fourth successive home win on Sunday.

Mercedes led the way and Hamilton broke the lap record with a 1:27.893 which saw him nearly a second clear of Bottas.

But Hamilton was the lone absentee of this year's crop of 20 drivers after he chose to go on holiday rather than appear in front of thousands of British fans.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was best of the rest in fifth, his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo last after suffering a suspected turbo failure in the first, wet part of qualifying.

Hamilton was bubbling with enthusiasm about his Mercedes' performance around the high-speed corners of Silverstone. I think it's because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion. "It's always the same story, but we can run the same settings in the race".

Earlier, Vettel became the first driver to trial the so-called "shield" - the FIA's third different concept aimed at improving cockpit protection.

The FIA previously tried out a metal frame known as the "halo", which is meant to stop loose wheels - or other flying debris - hitting a driver's head, but it was criticized by some drivers on aesthetic grounds.

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