Valtteri Bottas starts ahead of Lewis Hamilton for F1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in his efforts to claw back lost ground in the championship battle, with the latter looking to win a fourth consecutive race this season.
The Finn won the opening race of the season in Austria but has had to play second fiddle ever since, with Hamilton reeling off victories in the Styrian, Hungarian and British Grands Prix, giving himself a 30-point buffer in the drivers’ championship following his own misfortune at Silverstone last weekend.
Bottas was on course to finish second in the British Grand Prix and limit the gap to 12 points, only for a late puncture to drop him all the way out of the top 10, leaving him with a lot of work to do to get back into the championship fight.
However, the real upset came behind the two Mercedes as stand-in Nico Hulkenberg secured third place for Racing Point in only his second weekend back in the sport, beating Max Verstappen who had to make do with fourth.
Hulkenberg’s effort was made all the more impressive given that teammate Lance Stroll could only muster sixth, behind the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo, and it proved another day to forget for Ferrari as Charles Leclerc was beaten to seventh by the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly, with Sebastian Vettel down in 12th after failing to make it out of Q2.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
When is it?
The F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 9 August.
What time does it start?
The race will begin at 2:10pm BST, with the chequered flag set to drop shortly before 4pm.
How can I watch it?
All European races will be held behind closed doors, meaning that the only way fans will be able to see the action is on television.
In the UK, Sky Sports continue to hold the exclusive rights for F1, with Channel 4 only able to show the British Grand Prix live each season.
If you’re not a Sky customer you can purchase a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
Here’s how Sky and Channel 4 plan to show the British Grand Prix:
Free practice 1: 10:30am – 12:50am BST – (Sky Sports F1 + Sky Sports Main Event)
Free practice 2: 2:45pm – 4:45pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky Sports Main Event)
Free practice 3: 10:45am – 12:10pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One)
Qualifying: 1pm – 3:35pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One)
Race: 12:30pm – 5pm BST (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky One)
Highlights: 6:30pm - 7:30pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 6:30pm - 9pm BST (Channel 4)
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1 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1min 25.154secs
2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:25.217
3 Nico Hulkenburg (Ger) Racing Point 1:26.082
4 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:26.176
5 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:26.297
6 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:26.428
7 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.534
8 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:26.614
9 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:26.669
10 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:26.778
11 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Renault 1:27.011
12 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:27.078
13 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:27.083
14 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:27.254
15 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:27.455
16 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:27.882
17 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:28.236
18 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:28.430
19 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:28.433
20 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:28.493