Formula 1 stays at Silverstone for the middle part of the latest triple-header with the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Here’s how to watch qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 at the end of Friday practice after team-mate Valtteri Bottas, fresh from confirming his new deal at the F1 world champion for 2021, topped FP1.
While Mercedes dominated the timesheets once again at Silverstone, after Hamilton won a dramatic British GP last weekend crossing the finish line on three wheels, there was plenty of drama off track revolving around Racing Point.
On Friday morning, Sergio Perez was ruled out of this weekend’s F1 race due to a positive COVID-19 test meaning stand-in replacement Nico Hulkenberg continues to drive for the team alongside Lance Stroll.
After that, the long-awaited FIA decision on Racing Point’s copying hearing was released; with the Silverstone-based team given a 15-point deduction to its F1 world constructors’ championship tally and a 400,000 Euros fine after the governing body upheld Renault’s protest against its brake ducts.
Back on track, Sebastian Vettel endured a disappointing end to FP2 following his recent struggles for Ferrari as he suffered a major engine problem which forced him to pull off track with fluid leaking from his car.
Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi also stopped at the side of the track with a suspected power unit issue, which ultimately red-flagged the final few minutes of the afternoon practice session.
Behind the Mercedes duo, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo jumped into third place in FP2 ahead of former team-mate Max Verstappen for Red Bull, with Racing Point pair Stroll and Hulkenberg in fifth and sixth respectively.
What time does qualifying for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix start?
Qualifying for the 70th Anniversary GP starts at 2pm local time (2pm BST), using the regular Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout session format.
Date: Saturday 8 August 2020
Start time: 2pm local time – 2pm BST
How can I watch qualifying?
In the United Kingdom, every F1 practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, with qualifying coverage starting at 1pm BST.
Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of qualifying for the 70th Anniversary GP at 7.30pm BST. Autosport will be running a live text coverage of qualifying.
What’s the weather forecast for qualifying at Silverstone?
Sunshine and cloudy conditions are forecast throughout Saturday at Silverstone with a small chance of rain throughout the day. Temperatures are expected to see highs of 26 degrees Celsius, which is set to be five degrees cooler than FP2 was held in.
70th anniversary GP FP2 result
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||0.831s|
|5||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||0.895s|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Racing Point/Mercedes||1.140s|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1.312s|
|11||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||1.354s|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1.929s|
|20||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||2.349s|
Video: “F1: 70th Anniversary Grand Prix preview” (The Independent)