British GP: Valtteri Bottas goes fastest in rain-hit FP1 session

Valtteri Bottas went fastest in the first practice session of the British Grand Prix weekend, but it all proved rather a washout in truth.

The Finn will certainly take being fastest around Silverstone come qualifying on Saturday afternoon but he won’t be reading anything into Friday lunchtime’s performance, with the session hit by several showers.

Indeed, the track was wet in some places and dry in others, meaning the teams could not really commit to either dry or wet tyres, and that meant that running was scarce for the British fans packed in the grandstands.

Bottas would go quickest, with Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz within a second of his 1:42.249, but really hardly anyone set a competitive or representative time.

Indeed, half the field didn’t even set a full lap time such were the ever-changing conditions and, of course, the fear of sticking the car in the wall at this early stage when practice doesn’t matter massively outweighed getting out there and setting a time.

A pretty quiet first hour of running, then, and many will hope for a bit more excitement in FP2 later this afternoon.

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