British GP 2024 Free Practice 1 – Norris tops times with Tsunoda and Piastri OUT

Follow all the F1 action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers take to Silverstone for FP1 at the 2024 British Grand Prix

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Welcome to Total-Motorsport’s live F1 coverage of the British GP 2024 Free Practice 1 session. Held at the iconic Silverstone Circuit, as we reach the midpoint of an exciting Formula 1 season. Teams will use the FP1 session to gather vital data and refine their setups ahead of Sunday’s race. Stay with us as we bring you real-time updates and insights from the track.

The British Grand Prix, along with the Italian Grand Prix, is one of only two permanent fixtures on the Formula 1 calendar. This year marks the 75th British Grand Prix and the 58th race held at Silverstone, which also celebrated the championship’s 70th anniversary with an additional round in 2020. 

Established in 1942 as a Royal Air Force airfield, Silverstone has hosted Formula 1 races since 1950, where Nino Farina claimed the inaugural victory driving an Alfa Romeo. The track spans 5.861 kilometres, making it the fifth longest on the calendar, and is renowned for its challenging corners like Maggotts, Becketts, and Chapel, which impose substantial lateral forces exceeding 5G.

Historically, Ferrari are the most successful team at the British Grand Prix, boasting 18 wins, 16 pole positions, 20 fastest laps, and 59 podium finishes. McLaren and Williams follow with 14 and 10 victories, respectively. Among drivers, Lewis Hamilton leads with eight wins at his home race, seven pole positions, and 13 podium finishes.

Stay tuned to Total-Motorsport.com for all the live action from the 2024 British GP with the initial practice session at Silverstone as we reach the midpoint in the season.


FP1 Results: Norris tops times

Lando Norris and McLaren seem as though they’re taking their fine form into the British GP after the 24-year-old topped the charts in a 1-3 finish for the team, with Lance Stroll splitting the two papaya cars.

But how did it shape up everywhere else?

Here are your FP1 results.

FP1 ENDS: Norris fastest from Stroll

Lando Norris found the time on the softs to go faster than any other man in an encouraging sign for McLaren at the start of the 2024 British GP weekend. His 1:27.420 was good enough to beat Lance Stroll by 0.134.

Then came Oscar Piastri in third (0.211) and Max Verstappen in fourth (0.309) back, although the defending world champion was running the medium tyre.

Yuki Tsunoda’s FP1 running was ended after just 10 minutes when he lost the rear of his RB car and spun off into the gravel at the exit of the Luffield corner to send him for an early shower before Piastri suffered a hydraulic failure with six minutes left on the clock.

An otherwise clean and professional session saw two scary moments from Lance Stroll through Maggots and Becketts when he found himself in Charles Leclerc’s way before Isack Hadjar forced Lando Norris into a huge lock-up, although the Red Bull youngster quickly apologised.

Scary moment for Charles Leclerc!

Charles Leclerc goes flying into the incredibly quick Copse corner but finds Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin caught in a bad spot. The Monegasque aborts his lap and complains over the radio.

There wasn’t really much he could do, it was unfortunate timing on the very busy Silverstone track.

Six minutes to go: Piastri OUT of FP1

The pit entry is closed with Oscar Piastri’s stricken McLaren stuck there as his crew rush up the pit lane to collect his car.

A hydraulic issue is the cause of the DNF for the Australian but thankfully it happened at the end of the session and not the start.

Seven minutes to go: Piastri with a big issue

Oscar Piastri is crawling back to the pit lane with a hydraulics issue on his McLaren car, but he might not even make it there! He’s moving at a snail’s pace, you could walk faster at the moment.

11 minutes to go: Times tumble

Lando Norris goes fastest overall with a 1:27.420 to lead Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin in second by 0.134. Oscar Piastri slots into third and then comes Max Verstappen.

14 minutes to go: Doohan raging

Jack Doohan, in Pierre Gasly’s Alpine, gets very annoyed at some drivers going slowly through Brooklands. He’s had some limited running after an issue with his car saw him have to sit in the pits for a bit.

20 minutes to go: Not too much happening

Drivers are keeping their cars away from the gravel and walls and slowly improving their times through FP1 at the British GP but there is nothing ‘box office’ so far in a very professional session.

Oscar Piastri leads the board with a 1:27.631 on the soft tyres to beat Max Verstappen, on the mediums, by 0.093 and George Russell by just over a tenth. Norris is the next nearest soft runner, who is in fourth, around two tenths back from his McLaren teammate.

28 minutes to go: Rookies’ update

We have four new drivers stepping in for FP1 at the 2024 British GP in the forms of Oliver Bearman, Jack Doohan, Isack Hadjar and Franco Colapino so how are they all getting on as they bid to impress their respective teams?

Bearman, who tasted F1 experience at the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP, currently leads the quartet with a 1:28.660 for Haas. Then comes Colapino in the Williams, who leads Doohan’s Alpine and Hadjar’s Red Bull, although Hadjar hasn’t had the chance to push yet.

30 minutes to go: Ferrari on top in Silverstone

Carlos Sainz now leads the timing boards with a 1:27.925 to beat Lewis Hamilton by 0.118 with both cars running the hard tyres in cold conditions. George Russell trails the duo by a very slender 0.003 to his Mercedes teammate.

Max Verstappen is a solid 0.445 off the pace at the moment, although there is a lot of lap time to unlock throughout the weekend.

40 minutes to go: Lando Norris skips off track

Lando Norris goes very wide at the exit of The Loop (Turn 5), showing how low the grip is for the drivers at the moment because usually that isn’t a type of corner an F1 would bat an eyelid at.

42 minutes to go: GREEN FLAG

The session gets back underway with the grid losing around eight minutes of running so they’re all quickly out on track with just the two Haas’ in the garage at the moment. It’s still really cold, so cold that some drivers are spotted weaving to get some extra temperature into their hard and medium compunds.

Lance Stroll reports his brakes now feel okay.

50 minutes to go: Mercedes 1-2

George Russell leads Lewis Hamilton at the top of the FP1 times after 10 minutes of running with Mercedes looking likely to take some good momentum into the weekend five days after winning the 2024 Austrian GP.

Russell’s 1:28.888 is 0.147 faster than his teammate, whilst Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are within a tenth of Hamilton.

50 minutes to go: RED FLAG

Yuki Tsunoda loses his car and gets stuck in the gravel at the exit of Luffield with what appears to be rear-locking.

Beached in the gravel, that’s his afternoon over and a very frustrated Tsunoda climbs out of his stricken RB.

56 minutes to go: Brief yellow flag

The yellow flag is very brief thrown before being withdrawn a very second. There doesn’t seem to be any problems or debris on track so it could have just been a test to make sure everything is working okay.

57 MINUTES TO GO: Stroll into the pits

Lance Stroll heads into the pits after reporting a brake-by-wire issue. That’s not the start that Aston Martin wanted as they kick off their 2024 British GP.

“Brake pedal is very long,” bemoans the Canadian. “I think there’s an issue. Yeah, it’s BBW fail.”

FP1 BEGINS: It’s a very busy track

13 cars are out on track within two minutes as everyone rushes to the Silverstone circuit to make use of this one hour session.

Lando Norris is warned the grip could be like the preseason tests in February, that’s how cold it is in the United Kingdom right now.

FIVE MINUTES TO GO: FP1 gets underway at 12:30 UK time

Join us for all of the LIVE updates from the opening session of the 2024 British GP as well as any news and reaction to unfolding events at Silverstone.

Three more talented youngsters in FP1

Oliver Bearman will run the first session of the weekend for Haas in an extraordinary week for the young Brit that saw him win in Formula 2 and land a full time drive at Ayao Komatsu’s team for 2025.

Franco Colapino will step in at Williams after a promising start to life in F2 for the Argentinian and Jack Doohan will take the wheel of Pierre Gasly’s Alpine as he looks to stake his claim to replace Esteban Ocon from 2025.

Sergio Perez misses FP1

Sergio Perez will sit out of FP1 as Isack Hadjar runs in his Red Bull seat as part of their mandatory driver development program.

FP1 is the “least” important session of the weekend and mainly consists of making sure the car is in the right shape and balance for the track before drivers then chase performance through FP2 and FP3.

Welcome to the blog for FP1 at the 2024 British GP

Max Verstappen enters the race looking for his second consecutive win at Silverstone so will he be able to kick off the weekend the right way with Red Bull?

Find out with LIVE updates from Total-Motorsport.com.

British GP 2024 Pirelli Tyre Info

Pirelli’s selection of the hardest compounds, the C1, C2, and the C3, underscores the demanding nature of Silverstone. The front axle endures significant strain, especially the left front tyre due to the predominance of right-hand turns. The unpredictable English summer weather adds another layer of complexity, requiring teams to be adaptable to rapidly changing conditions. Last year, a majority of drivers opted for a one-stop strategy, with the Soft compound playing a surprising role.

Tyre choices for the 2024 British GP | Pirelli
Tyre choices for the 2024 British GP | Pirelli

Where to Watch the F1 2024 British GP

Sky Sports F1 is the home for live Formula 1 racing in the UK. The channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2024 British GP, including practice, qualifying, and the race itself. Meanwhile, F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action from Silverstone across ESPN.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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