Angry Grosjean "completely blocked" by Hamilton in Q3

There are some that moan all the time- Mercedes boss rebuffs fuming Grosjean

Angry Grosjean "completely blocked" by Hamilton in Q3

In an effort to swell the F1 audience, the new owners of the series took over Trafalgar Square in London to showcase the cars and the stars of the track on Wednesday night.

"I had no indication from the team that there was anyone coming, and I think I just got away without blocking him, but I need to look at the footage".

"Unless a new contractual arrangement can be reached with Liberty Media, 2019 will be the past year that the British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone - the only viable venue for a British GP", mentioned John Grant, Chairman, BRDC.

"It had quite a lot of distortion and I got a bit dizzy and there was a lot of downwash coming off the back of my helmet and pushing my head forward, so we made a decision to take it off".

"(It's) the home of motorsport", Hamilton said, "such an incredible, intense weekend".

How often Hamilton will race at Silverstone in future is unclear. A loose headrest cost him an nearly certain win in Baku. While there was just 0.078 seconds separating the two, the Finn seems intent on preserving his momentum after an impressive victory in Austria last time out. The German leads Hamilton by 20 points in the title race with 11 races to go. We'll see where everyone stands after Sunday's race.

"Our target will be to let him fight back in the best possible way in Silverstone".

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The three-time world champion's absence raised a few eyebrows and he was subsequently bombarded with questions during the official press conference on Thursday (13 July). He has three wins this year and two runner-up finished.

Home favourite Lewis Hamilton was beaten to top spot by his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in both practice sessions for the British Grand Prix yesterday.

The McLaren of Fernando Alonso had started well but was booted out before the third corner while teammate Stoffel Vandorne finished 12th after receiving a penalty.

Success has been elusive, however, with Ferrari failing to win a race in 2016 and Vettel making more headlines for angry radio outbursts.

Behind this quartet, Hulkenberg sprang suddenly up to fifth in a big boost for Renault on 1m 29.480s, leaving the Red Bulls of Ricciardo and Verstappen in sixth and seventh places on 1m 29.612s and 1m 29.904s respectively.

The remaining 15 drivers all started the second part of qualifying on dry tyres.

The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) has mentioned that the increasing costs of hosting the race could well see no annual F1 event at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, any longer.

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