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Lewis Hamilton loses his London fans ahead of British Grand Prix 2017?

Lewis Hamilton loses his London fans ahead of British Grand Prix 2017?

Alonso was already guaranteed to start at the back after a series of changes to his Honda engine resulted in a 30-place grid drop.

Vettel was fourth fastest in the second practice session, behind Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, after an experimental transparent screen was removed from the vehicle in the morning.

Silverstone held the very first F1 race back in 1950, and though in later years hosting duties were shared with Aintree and Brands Hatch, today Silverstone remains the British Grand Prix's official home.

His absence and the backlash it prompted from some fans and sections of the British media was an unexpected slice of luck for rival Vettel, who was widely expected to be represented as the villain of the traditional "soap opera" coverage of the F1 race weekend.

Some form of cockpit protection is set to be introduced next season, with the shield, which was run for the first time yesterday, having emerged as the preferred option over the halo concept that was trialled previous year. That was a reference to his qualifying third in Austria last week, which meant he started eighth following a gearbox penalty for the same reason as Bottas has his rather than eighth.

Brazilian driver Felipe Massa missed the second half of the 2009 season when driving for Ferrari.

He trails Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by 20 points while Valtteri Bottas, his Mercedes team-mate who won the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend, is behind the Briton by only 15 points. Hamilton then cut down to 1m 29.069s, again on softs, before Bottas replied with 1m 28.827s and Raikkonen improved to 1m 29.395s.




The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo had gone faster than their Ferrari counterparts in the morning, but they were behind the Italian constructor in the second session.

He also became the first man to reel off three successive poles at the British race since 1996 world champion Damon Hill.

Hamilton was right on Bottas's tail in both sessions, which were affected by cold conditions and wind.

The device is created to protect the driver's head from flying debris and is an alternative to the Halo and Aeroscreen devices tested previous year.

"Forward vision is not very good".

Red Bull were the only team who opted for intermediates and it paid off as they set the pace. It's probably because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion, plus you get quite a bit of downwash down the straights pushing the helmet forwards. It is now the FIA's preferred option over the "canopy" and the "halo".


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