Yes, Romain Grosjean crashed in the pit lane

Date published: July 12 2019 - Jamie Woodhouse

Romain Grosjean crashes in the pit lane during FP1 in Silverstone.

Romain Grosjean provided us with one of the most bizarre crashes in Formula 1 history after hitting the barrier at the pit exit.

Here is how Friday practice unfolded around Silverstone…

Can’t grumble about these seats can you?

George Russell has the home-race bug…

Romain Grosjean provided us with one of the most bizarre crashes in Formula 1 history.

Kimi Raikkonen brought out the red flags for the first time in the session when his Alfa Romeo pulled up at Luffield. It was a suspected engine failure for the Finn.

For the first time this season the threatened rain actually arrived…

Pierre Gasly set a scorching lap late on to take P1 – a confidence boost for the struggling Frenchman perhaps?

The light went green for FP2, the sun was cracking the flags but as we saw this morning, rain is never too far away.

Alex Albon gave us a demonstration of the STR19’s versatility as both a racing car and a lawn mower.

Move over Alex, Seb can do it better…

With under an hour to go Bottas was schooling the field with an eight-tenth advantage over Verstappen.

50 minutes to go and Grosjean finally emerged from the garage. Meanwhile Hamilton and Leclerc turned up the pressure on Bottas.

Bottas was left confined to the garage as the session ticked under 30 minutes remaining, a “car issue” was all the Silver Arrows were revealing. Further investigations suggested it was an issue with a spark plug.

Sadly a bigger issue came Daniel Ricciardo’s way after his R.S.19 shut down and ground to a halt. Out came the VSC.

With race simulations taking priority, Bottas held on to finish P1 in FP2. Those simulations suggested that the Silver Arrows were comfortably leading the pack.

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