Massive crash for Hartley; Stroll annoys England fans

Date published: July 7 2018

Brendon Hartley walked away from a huge crash in final practice for the British GP, lucky that his STR13 didn’t flip as he hurtled through the gravel after a suspension failure.

Look who’s back, back again…

McLaren’s new powers-that-be, Gil de Ferran and Andrea Stella, watch on from the pit wall as Stoffel Vandoorne put in the first lap of the session but did so extremely slowly. Perhaps a data run given the flo-vis all over his MCL33.

Gil de Ferran and Andrea Stella

Club corner got a minor addition overnight to stop the drivers running wide.

Nico Hulkenberg is one of several drivers running new engine parts this weekend after his Renault power unit failed at the Austrian GP. Fernando Alonso took a new engine prior to FP3.

Nico Hulkenberg

Brendon Hartley’s day started as per normal…

It didn’t end that way…

The start of the incident as his suspension broke…

The footage…

Sebastian Vettel followed up his Friday P1 with a fourth placed finish. He did just 8 laps.

Lewis Hamilton, and his gold helmet, topped the timesheet with a 1:26.722, 0.09s up on Kimi Raikkonen’s best.

Shortly before qualifying started, Toro Rosso confirmed Brendon Hartley would not be able to compete. He is ok, but the car isn’t…

It also emerged that Vettel’s limited running in FP3 was due to a strained neck. He was fit enough to take part in qualifying, though.

Q1 was red flagged after just a few minutes as Lance Stroll crashed out at Brooklands. The delay meant qualifying would over-run into England’s huge World Cup clash against Sweden.

It was yet another Q1 session to forget for Williams as Sergey Sirotkin joined Stroll in the gravel trap moments later. He was also placed under investigation for not returning to the pit lane in red flag conditions.

Joining Stroll and Sirotkin out of Q1 were Stoffel Vandoorne and Carlos Sainz, the latter saying that he was caught in traffic.

Heading into Q3, Hamilton was the man to beat – but only a tenth separated himself and Vettel.

Out in Q2: Hulkenberg, Perez, Alonso, Gasly, Ericsson.

Vettel silenced the home crowd after putting himself on provisional pole with a 1:25.936 – 0.057 seconds quicker than Hamilton.

But Hamilton engaged ‘Hammer Time’, pipping Vettel by 0.44 seconds with Raikkonen only 0.098 seconds away himself!