Gasly on top after opening Silverstone practice

SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom (AFP) – Pierre Gasly topped the times for Red Bull ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in yesterday morning’s opening free practice ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

The Frenchman, taking advantage of a probable ultra-light fuel load, clocked his best lap in one minute and 27.173 seconds in the final minute of the session to outpace the Finn by half a second.

Bottas, who is 31 points adrift of his teammate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ world championship, had looked likely to be quickest until Gasly delivered his best lap in drying conditions following a brief shower.

Max Verstappen was third, eight tenths down on his teammate, ahead of fourth-placed defending five-time world champion Hamilton and Charles Leclerc in the leading Ferrari.

Hamilton was the only driver in the top 10 to run on medium compound tyres.