Gasly tops FP1 as Grosjean crashes in pits - FP1 report

12-07-2019 11:11 | Updated: 12-07-2019 11:58
by Joseph Tyrrell
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Gasly tops FP1 as Grosjean crashes in pits - FP1 report

Pierre Gasly surprised everyone in the closing stages of FP1 to top the standings, but it will be Romain Grosjean who takes the headline for a bizarre pit lane crash!

Not a good day for Grosjean

With the pressure mounting on Romain Grosjean he reverted back to his old package for this weekend. However, it was a bad start to the day for Grosjean, who as he was exiting the pit lane he spun and crashed into the pit lane barrier. His front lane shattered over the pit lane forcing a virtual safety car.

Later in the session the Frenchman spun out following a period of rain and he finished the session down in P19.

Some good news for Pierre Gasly

No one saw this coming at the start of the session. Pierre Gasly has struggled so much this season and it looks increasingly likely that he'll be replaced. However, he got some rest bite as he topped the timesheet in FP1. He went 0.4s quicker than Valtteri Bottas on his final lap to secure top spot in FP1.

Valtteri Bottas led for most of the session but his time of 1:27.629 was not enough for him to top the standings as Gasly pulled off a surprise result. His teammate Lewis Hamilton looked to be joining him at the top of the leaderboard but late fast laps from the Red Bull pair helped them go above.

Ferrari were fifth and sixth respectively after keeping their cards close to their chests.

Further down the field

Nico Hulkenberg finished in seventh place with Daniel Ricciardo in eighth as Renault marked their authority on the midfield battle for the British Grand Prix. Alex Albon and Carlos Sainz completed the top ten.

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