Ricciardo’s troubles compounded in qualy

Date published: July 15 2017

It wouldn’t be a proper British Grand Prix without the rain coming along to spice things up a little bit, just as Daniel Ricciardo…

World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, complete with his trusty backpack, was amongst the early arrivals at cold and gloomy Silverstone on Saturday morning.

With the threat of rain to come, there was an eagerness to get out and get on with some qualifying simulation work.

The Williams FW40 caught the eye as some mini shirt collars were attached to the sidepods…

The drivers were soon ducking for cover as the rain began to fall during FP3, but not before Vettel really closed up the gap to Mercedes.

The top three were separated by less than a tenth of a second in a very intriguing session…

Some drivers did go back out for a brief run on the inters, though…

But the chequered flag came as a real blessing. A very slippery track saw Ricciardo almost lose the front end of his car to the pit wall barrier.

Hamilton climbs into his W08 ready for qualifying and the possibility of equaling Jim Clark’s record of five Brit GP poles.

Red Bull pull into the pits after a run but only one Red Bull pits…

The other, Ricciardo, is left stranded on the side of the track with a turbo issue.

Fernando Alonso, facing a 30-place grid penalty, did a four-lap run at the start of qualifying and then parked his car. He ventured out for another out-and-in lap run before heading back in for slicks. He was quickest in Q1!

Jolyon Palmer made it out of Q1 at home but his charged ended in the second qualifying segment. He finished P11 on the day.

The fans braved the rain for qualifying day.

Hamilton delighted the home crowd with a fifth Silverstone pole as he equalled Jim Clark’s record.

More to follow…

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