British GP: FP1, FP2 & FP3 Update

An update from the Bulls' local race in Silverstone as Daniel and Max take to the tarmac in Northamptonshire for the British Grand Prix.

Silverstone is one of the best-attended races of the season and the crowd is one of the most knowledgeable and intensely passionate. The campsites are packed, the grandstands are full and the support for home teams in just massive. The drivers love it, the team feels the same way and come rain or shine, the British Grand Prix is a standout moment in any F1 campaign.

Add to that the improvement we're experiencing with the car, the run of podiums for Daniel and the knowledge that Max is due a big result, and there's every reason to believe that this weekend will be a good one.

A cool track greeted the Bulls for the first session of the British Grand Prix today as they left the garage for Free Practice One

Max took the RB13 for a 25 lap run that saw him finish with a fastest time of 1:29.604, while Daniel completed 19 laps and clocked a fastest time of 1:29.942.

Mercedes' Valterri Bottas logged the fastest time of the session with a 1:29.106.

Free Practice Two saw the Bulls get more laps under their belt, with Max completing 32 circuits with a fastest lap of 1:29.098, and Daniel 35 laps with a fastest of 1:29.586.

Valterri Bottas once again recorded the fastest lap of the session with a 1:28.496.

A rain affected Free Practice Three saw Daniel in P6 with a 1:29.612 and Max in P8 with a 1:29.904. Topping the time sheet was Lewis Hamilton with a 1:28.063.  

Recapping his day, Max said: "It was good fun to drive today, the gusty conditions are typical here at Silverstone and it is the same for everyone so you just have to get on with it. This year's new cars felt quicker through the fast corners and more enjoyable to drive, I knew it would be different but this is nice to see. The Ferraris went a bit quicker in the second session and I think we didn't have a great one, we still have a bit of work to do as I think we can get closer to the guys ahead and also improve our race pace.

"We can find some improvement in car balance as I feel it changed for the worse between practice one and two, so we will go away and look into that now. There was a bit of a drop off on the Supersoft but I think that was expected, the softs however seem to be holding up ok, even so I think a one stop race is optimistic. No issues so far, I'm happy about that." 

Daniel added: "Today was an ok Friday. We learned a lot but there is certainly some time to find, judging by the performance last week we can definitely improve in the high speed and we haven't quite optimized the car yet. The conditions were tricky with the low track temperature and the wind, I had quite a moment at Maggots and Becketts at one point and it felt like the wind blew me across the track. Tyre-wise, I think most people are happier with the soft at the moment and that's the trend. The supersoft is a bit quicker but it doesn't seem to last as long so I think most of the race will be run on the soft tyre.

"I'm still confident that we can fight for a podium on Sunday but we need to make a few improvements to make that happen. Mercedes are very fast but I think if we get everything right we can be challenging Ferrari tomorrow. Qualifying should be a good fight."