F1 Racing: 2022 British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit; Practice 1

Can Lewis Hamilton and his Silver Arrow win again!

British Grand Prix

Good morning, bonjour Canada! Welcome to the 2022 British Grand Prix. We are once again back in Britain for the 10th race of this 2022 F1 season. We have green pastures here in Silverstone on a wet track and fog in the air.

After a week’s lag, we are back in Europe where the next six races will take place.

Leading the championship leaderboard we have Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen ahead by 46 pts with a total of 175 pts.  Teammate racer Sergio Perez follows with 129 pts and in 3rd is Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc with 126 pts. 

In the Constructors “team” leader board, with 304 pts in the first place, we have Red Bulling Racing. Followed by Ferrari in 2nd with 228 pts and Mercedes in 3rd with 188 pts.

Track Facts 

  • It is titled Silverstone Circuit
  • The Circuit length is 5.891 KM.
  • The number of laps in the upcoming race on Sunday is 52
  • The first Grand Prix 1950.
  • The race distance for Sunday is 306.198 KM.
  • The lap record is 1.27.097, held by Max Verstappen (2020)
  • Two DRS Detection Zone
  • 20 corners, 10 left and 10 to the right

This weekend, the 10th race of the season, the 2022 British Grand Prix will be held over 3 days of pure speed.

Today, (Day 1) we will see Practice 1 (FP1) for 60 mins, followed by Practice 2 (FP2) for another 60 mins.

On Saturday (Day 2), we will see the final practice (FP3), which will take 60 mins followed by Qualification “Q1, Q2 & Q3. More on Qualifications tomorrow with “Race Day” on Sunday.

FP1 overview

Practice 1 is underway in wet and foggy conditions! I see that the team’s cars are being fitted with intermediate tyres and Pirelli has distributed the hardest tyre compounds.

The “Red Prancing Horse” teammates Leclerc and Sainz look to get back in the win column after 6 winless races.

Fan-favorite Lewis Hamilton getting an upgrade on his car along with other teams Alpine, Team F1 Haas, Williams, and Vettel in his Aston Martin. 

This is one of the fastest tracks on the planet with fast corners and apex kerbs.

(The use of the word “kerb” is to describe a part of the race track where the corners are fast.  It helps the drivers to slow down and stay within the limits of the track.  If not, the stewards of the track will give warnings and if needed, penalties. Kerbs can cause plenty of damage underneath the car if not taken properly when racing. Each track has its specifications within the rules, the size of kerb and height “apex.”)

We hear the wind picking up and it could get tricky out there in managing the fast corners.

We have Bottas leading the session for now, but Hamilton has set the fastest “first sector.”  

So far so good as we have no incident but as I say that “Lance Stroll, the Canadian driver from Aston Martin goes right into the gravel by Copse corner and a red flag comes out.  Time is winding down by the seconds and the session is now over.

The top three on the timesheet, are Bottas from Alfa Romeo in 1st with a time of 1:42.249.  Followed by Hamilton with a time of 1:42,781 and 3rd Carlos Sainz with a time of 1:42.967.

Stay viewed for FP2 in less than 2 hours, until then!


“The conditions are greasy, they are not fully interred, only turns 6 and 7 is fully inters”  Carlos Sainz, Ferrari

En Sorgini is a F1 Analyst for GTA Weekly News

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