USGP | Lewis Hamilton tops FP1, Brendon Hartley makes F1 debut

Lewis Hamilton topped the mixed conditions start to the US Grand Prix weekend.

Changing conditions welcomed Formula One to Austin, Texas as the teams trialled fresh Pirelli intermediates on a drying COTA track. Initially topped by Valtteri Bottas, but later Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes took the initial benchmark.

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Japanese GP | Sebastian Vettel tops FP1 red flagged for Sainz

Sebastian Vettel tops first free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The beauty of the 2017 aero regulations came out on top in opening practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. Highlighting the planted nature the high downforce gives, only teasing what qualifying will show tomorrow through the swooping esses. With Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel topping the opening timesheet from title-rival Lewis Hamilton, as Carlos Sainz brings out the red flags for after crashing at the hairpin.

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Malaysian GP | Max Verstappen tops delayed rain hit FP1

Max Verstappen tops the opening timesheet in FP1 for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

As rain fell over the Sepang International Circuit and the opening session was initially indefinitely postponed, Max Verstappen rose to the top. Edging his Red Bull team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, by seven-tenths of a second in drying conditions that retained enough moisture for intermediate tyres to be needed throughout. 

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Singapore GP| Daniel Ricciardo sets pace in FP1

Daniel Ricciardo sets the opening pace at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The evening sun may still have been beaming down over the Singapore streets, but the Red Bull was shining as Daniel Ricciardo posted the fastest time in First Free Practice for the Singapore Grand Prix. Setting a new absolute lap record for the Marina Bay Street Circuit, with times only set to continue to fall as night creeps in.

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British GP | Hamilton tops final practice as rain arrives at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton tops the final practice session at the 2017 British Grand Prix.

Silverstone sunshine went missing as Lewis Hamilton went fastest ahead of qualifying, edging Sebastian Vettel in overcast conditions at the British Grand Prix. With just 0.032 seconds separating the title-rivals, before rain fell to switch the programs. Catching out few drivers, and Max Verstappen’s engineer.

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Austrian GP | Hamilton leads Verstappen in Red Bull Ring FP1

Lewis Hamilton sets the pace in opening practice at the Austrian Grand Prix.

With a time already three-tenths faster than 2016’s best offering, Lewis Hamilton laid down the pace in opening practice. Bettering the efforts of the opening pace-setter, Max Verstappen, as plenty of drivers found themselves spinning at the Red Bull Ring.

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Azerbaijan GP | Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in FP1

Max Verstappen tops the first free practice session at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Back in Baku, and back on top came Red Bull as Max Verstappen topped the times from team-mate Ricciardo to better the efforts of soft tyre running Sebastian Vettel. 

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