Join us for that in two weeks' time!
So after the 10th Singapore GP, we'll take out leave and head home to prepare for the next race, the 19th and, for the time being, last Malaysian Grand Prix,
Nice work guys.
But they managed this weekend and this race superbly, especially that 2.4s stop for Daniel.
This is always one of the toughest races of the season due to the schedule and the heat and the humidity.
Tag Heuer 'Don't Crack Under Pressure Award'. Today we're going to hand it to the boys in the garage.
We're all pretty delighted with that second place though. More points in the bag, our 11th Singapore podium finish and our 143rd overall.
So there we have it. Terrible day for poor Max. Good day for Daniel, though we get the distinct impression that he's not completely overjoyed with that result.
The order at the end of two hours: 1 HAM. 2 RIC. 3 BOT. 4 SAI. 5 PER. 6 PAL. 7 VAN. 8 STR. 9 GRO. 10 OCO. 11 MAS. 12 WEH.
Carlos Sainz is a career-best fourth place.
Valtteri Bottas is third for Mercedes.
And Daniel Ricciardo takes his third second place in a row in Singapore and his fourth consecutive podium finish here.
The time is up. The 2-hour mark has passed and the flag comes out. Lewis Hamilton wins the Singapore Grand Prix!
Daniel has cleared any threat from BOT. The gap is now 4.7s.
HUL has retired. Looks that earlier problems has done for his Renault.
Looks like HAM made a mistake on that lap 1:49.543. Daniel fastest lap 1:46.999. The gap is now 1.7s.
The tough thing for Daniel now is that he'll have to keep BOT at bay as well as try to attack HAM.
SC in at the end of this lap.
It's a long circuit and the field was spread so hard to find a gap to send out the recovery vehicle until the pack is closed up.
It's taking a long time to close up the pack to make it safe for ERI's car to be recovered.
Order under the SC: 1 HAM. 2 RIC. 3 BOT. 4 SAI. 5 PER. 6 PAL. 7 VAN. 8 STR. 9 GRO. 10 HUL.
HUL has pitted and their an air pressure problem somewhere on the car. He's sitting in the pit box and the crew are pumping away like the car's a deflating balloon.
Daniel is obviously silent on that issue.
HAM is questioning the need for the SC and asking why a VSC wasn't used.
Lap 38 and we're under SC. MAS has pitted for new tyres.
We have a third safety car! ERI has crashed.
Daniel responds with a purple lap of his own 1:49.354 on lap 34.
HAM goes purple on the next tour - 1:49.453. Widens the gap to 9.5.
Another fastest lap for Daniel - 1:50.994. Another tenth chipped out of HAM's lead, 8.5s now.
But it's beaten by those following - the track is improving now.
Race fastest lap for Daniel - 1:52.285.
1 HAM. 2 RIC +8.7. 3 BOT +16.0 TO RIC. 4 HUL. 5 SAI. 6 PER. 7 PAL. 8 VAN. 9 STR. 10 GRO.
HAM pits now - ultras, 2.5s.
Ultrasofts in a 2.4s stop for the Honey Badger. HAM is still out there on inters.
Daniel has pitted too.
MAS has pitted and has opted for Ultrasofts. We've hit the crossover point it seems.
Daniel now a whopping 11.4s ahead of BOT.
Daniel is responding to HAM's pace. Both in the 2m1s bracket now. They're the only drivers operating at that level. The gap is 3.0s.
HAM is pushing on - purple laps from the leader. 2:01.989 on lap 16 to open a 2.3s gap to Daniel.
Pretty damp still in others though. The crossover still looks a way off.
Looks like the track is drying quickly in some sections.
HAM holds the lead, Daniel is still P2.
About to go racing again. Daniel on new inters in P2.
SC in at the end of this lap.
It's pretty much
stopped raining out there...
Daniel has pitted
Well, it wouldn't be the Singapore Grand Prix unless we had multiple Safety Car periods.
Dany Kvyat has crashed!
1 HAM. 2 RIC. 3 HUL. 4 PER. 5 PAL. 6 BOT. 7 VAN. 8 SAI. 9 OCO. 10 MAG.
HAM responds and goes a second quicker again. The gap is up to 5.2 now. HUL is a distant third - 9.5s behind Daniel.
Daniel has reduced the gap to HAM to 4.0s. Just over a second quicker than the Mercedes on that lap.
Daniel is now 5.0s behind HAM and 5.6s clear of HUL.
Daniel holds P2 behind HAM.
We're racing again!
Out are VET, VER and RAI.
1 HAM. 2 RIC. 3 HUL. 4 PER. 5 BOT. 6 PAL. 7 VAN. 8 OCO. 9 SAI. 10 MAG. 11 KVY. 12 ALO. 13 STR. 14 MAS. 15 GRO. 16 ERI. 17 WEH.
The upshot is that HAM leads under the SC, with Daniel in 2nd place!
It looks like Vettel spun after the start and lost his nosecone when he hit the wall.
Obviously the SC has been deployed.
RAI got a superb start and not looked like he might take the lead but VET came across and squeezed Max, Max adjusted and hit RAI.
And immediately there's chaos! Max has collided with RAI. VET has lost his nosecone. It's a mess.
Seconds to go now...
RAI says there is a lot of spray "it's very difficult to see, even at this stage". GRO reports that the "visibility is terrible".
The formation lap is underway.
HUL, ALO, VAN, PAL, PER and OCO are on full wets.
Tyre news: The top 6 are all on intermediate tyres, including Max and Daniel.
16-20: 16 MAG. 17 MAS. 18 STR. 19 WEH. 20 ERI.
11-15: 11 PAL. 12 PER. 13 KVY. 14 OCO. 15 GRO.
From 1-10: 1 VET. 2 VER. 3 RIC. 4 RAI. 5 HAM. 6 BOT. 7 HUL. 8 ALO. 9 VAN. 10 SAI.
Let's have a look at the grid...
5 mins to go now.
And how much the artificial light will reflect in the rain and whether that will have a significantly adverse affect on visibility.
What's most important is how visibility is affected by the rain under lights.
We've been coming to Singapore since 2008 and in all that time - nine editions - we have never had a wet race.
Which means we're heading into uncharted territory here.
Just hearing that this rain is likely to last for half an hour.
Definitely going to a wet track to start - even if the rain abates
The laps to grid were largely dry, but as the national anthem started, another shower began.
Another arrived about half an hour ago but it quickly stopped.
There have been intermittent showers since early this afternoon when we woke up.
Good evening and welcome to the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. We're just 15 minutes away from the formation lap and...
That's our lot from quali here at Marina Bay. We'll be back tomorrow for live coverage of what's shaping up to be a really fascinating race. Join us then...
The top order in Quali then: 1 VET (1:39.491). 2 VER (1:39.814). 3 RIC (1:39.840). 4 RAI. 5 HAM. 6 BOT. 7 HUL. 8 ALO. 9 VAN. 10 SAI.
"Is your race pace better than Ferrari's?" The answer from Dan: "Yep."
Daniel's saying he'll accept a little bit of defeat today but that he still think the team will get victory tomorrow.
Daniel will start in the top 3 here for the fourth time.
Max takes his third P2 in quali and is set for a second career front-row start!
VET takes pole of the Singapore Grand Prix.
But he loses out in S3 and he has to settle for third as Max sets time of 1:39.814.
Daniel's goo through the first two sectors....
1:39.491 for VET....
VET quickest of all through S1...
Final runs starting - Max in P2, Daniel in P3 - both a bit over a tenth down on VET.
VET, Max and Daniel the only driver sub-1m40s at the moment.
After the first runs we have: 1 VET (1:39.669). 2 VER (1:39.814). 3 RIC (1:39.862). 4 RAI. 5 HAM. 6 BOT. 7 ALO. 8 VAN. 9 HUL. 10 SAI.
But he's outdone by VET - 1:39.669!
Max into P1! Provision pole for the Dutchman – 1:39.814!
Max exits the pit lane, Daniel follows soon after. VET between them.
Pit exit open - this is it folks, Q3 starts.
Eliminated are: 11 PAL. 12 PER. 13 KVY. 14 OCO. 15 GRO.
RAI is third ahead of VET, HAM, VAN, HUL, BOT, ALO and SAI.
Max has slightly improved at the top - 1:40.332. Daniel takes P2 - 1:40.385. Hardly anything between the Red Bulls. That's how they finish Q2...
Flag is out.
ALO jumps to P8 with a lap of 1:41.442.
ALO in P11 is currently just 0.135s behind 10th placed PAL.
RAI has opted to go out again, as has HAM. Max now on track too and Daniel. VET now heads out. All the top 10 going for another run.
Here we go, final Q2 runs starting...
In the drop zone as we head into the final runs: 11 ALO. 12 PER. 13 KVY. 14 OCO. 15 GRO.
The current order: 1 VER (1:40.379). 2 VET (1:40.529). 3 RIC (1:40.776). 4 RAI. 5 HAM. 6 VAN. 7 BOT. 8 HUL. 9 SAI. 10 ALO.
And Daniel takes P3 with a lap of 1:40.776.
Boom! Max into P1 - 1:40.379. VET is P2...
Max and Daniel's times to come in...
VET takes an early P1 with a time of 1:40.529.
Daniel quickly follows.
Q2 is underway.... and Max is on track.
Also through are: 6 HAM. 7 PAL. 8 KVY. 9 HUL. 10 BOT. 11 RAI. 12 VET. 13 PER. 14 OCO. 15 GRO.
At the top of the Q1 chart: 1 MAX (1:41.010). 2 Daniel (1:42.063). 3 ALO. 4 SAI. 5 VAN.
So at the end of Q1 out go: 16 MAG. 17 MAS. 18 STR. 19 WEH. 20 ERI.
One minute to go.
Top 8 staying their garages now.
In the drop zone: 16 ERI. 17 MAG. 17 WEH. 18 WEH. 19 STR. MAS is outside 107%.
The order with three mins to go: 1 VER. 2 RIC. 3 HA, 4. BOT. 5 RAI. 6 VET. 7 PER. 8. OCO. 9 VAN. 10 GRO. 11 ALO. 12 HUL. 13 KVY. 14 SAI. 15 PAL.
Max isn't settling for P3 - he's had another go and posted a time of 1:42.010 to re-take P1. That's only five hundredths of a second ahead of Daniel.
Yep he hit the wall hard in sector 3.
Rear right, but he's back into the pit lane.
Looks like a puncture for MAS.
HAM splits the Red Bulls - P2 for him, 1:42.884.
That's a challenger to Daniel and one the Aussie accepts. He edges past into P1 - 1:42.846.
But Max is in the final sector and he blasts past that time to set a new benchmark of 1:43.031.
ALO takes P2 from VET. His lap is 1:44.120. But then VAN takes top spot! 1:44.008.
VET into P2 - 1:44.680.
GRO has used the escape road at Turn 7.
Eyes down - the first come from RAI and KVY and the Ferrari driver takes P1 with a lap of 1:44.060.
Long old lap this... Still waiting for a time to come in.
Anyway, here we go - green light. Q1 is upon us.
There's an added variable today, an oil residue at the entrance to Turn 20.
So we're hoping he can replicate the lightning quick pace he displayed yesterday.
Daniel, though, didn't complete his quali sim as he had a brush with the wall and returned to the garage for checks.
Max was quickest in final practice, edging Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by seven hundredths of a second,
but we're focused now on the headline act - qualifying.
It's properly dark now and Singapore is fulfilling its role of stunning backdrop with aplomb. We can just about hear Ariane Grand performing elsewhere at the track...
Well almost. We're a bit late to join you as we were wolfing down lunch, which consisted of a Cornetto and a bit of another Cornetto. Don't judge us.
Hello and welcome back to the Marina Bay Street Circuit and it's Quali time!
Max has gone out again, but it's just precautionary, to check that everything is now OK.
The order: 1 VER (1:41.829). 2 VET (1:41.901, +0.072). 3 HAM. 4 ALO. 5 VAN. 6 RIC (1:42.517). 7 HUL. 8 BOT. 9 RAI. 10 PER.
Well that was an eventful few minutes.
Whoah more drama! Max has slowed right down. It looks like there is a problem! GP tells him to bring the car very slowly back to the pits.
e's heading back to the pit lane.
Daniel has clipped the barriers.
Max retakes P1 - 1:41.829.
HAM has slotted in between Max and Daniel with a lap of 1:42.425. Max now P2 and Daniel P4 with their times from the first half.
Max and Daniel on track now.
VET has shaved 0.018 of his time. The time to now beat is 1:41.901
12 minutes remaining.
ALO pops up with a decent lap – 1:42.612 – to claim P4.
Neither Daniel nor Max on track again as yet...
And a PB in S3 nets him P1 - 1:41.919. That's 0.330 up on Max.
VET going for a quick one - purple in sectors one and two...
19 mins left in the session. It's going to get crowded out there now
The order as we get under way again: 1 VER. 2 RIC. 3 VET. 4 BOT. 5 HUL. 6 PER. 7 SAI. 8 OCO. 9 RAI. 10 HAM.
Two minutes until we re-start at 1841 local.
Marshals busy sweeping up the debris.
He's managed to make it back to the pit lane but there's damage to the rear of his car.
Looks like Marcus Ericsson has crashed.
We have a red flag.
Just over halfway through the session and the order is: 1 VER (1:42.249). 2 RIC (1:42.517). 3 VET. 4 BOT. 5 HUL. 6 PER. 7 SAI. 8 OCO. 9 RAI. 10 HAM.
Daniel improves to 1:42.517 to take P2, seven tenths clear of VET.
And Max takes P1 - 1:42.249, that's 0.988 quicker than VET.
Daniel jumps to P2 with his first timed lap: 1:43.547, +0.310 to VET.
Max on track now.
More coming in now: PER jumps to P2 with a lap of 1:44.031. +0.794 to VET. OCO slots into P3.
22 minutes in and just nine times on the board.
Nice and relaxed in our garage at the moment with both Daniel and Max biding their time.
RAI back into P2 with a time of 1:44.176 - 0.939 behind VET.
HAM now takes P2 with a lap of 1:44.230, 0.993 behind VET. It's ultras all round at the moment.
VET now moves into P1 taking a full second out of RAI's time.
RAI was ninth in FP2, even though he did managed to get in a quick run.
RAI takes P1 with a time of 1:44.271. Ferrari had an oddly muted dat yesterday. After VET finished in P2 in the early session he failed to get in a quali sim in the evening and ended up 11th.
BOT is the first man to put a time on the board - 1:45.222 on ultrasoft tyres.
And yep, just a quick look around. He's back in the garage now.
Daniel on track now - soft tyres on for this quick exploration.
FP3 gets the green light and we're off and running at the Marina Bay Circuit.
Daniel's FP2 table-topped yesterday was a 1:40.852. That was 1.732s quicker than the fastest ever lap of Singapore - set by Nico Rosberg in Q3 last year.
Let's see how quick the drivers can get round this 5km circuit today.
Right, two minutes to go before the pit exit light turns green.
At the head of that Red Bull 1-2, Daniel was seventh tenths of a second quicker than third-placed Lewis Hamilton.
The Aussie topped the FP1 timesheet a tenth ahead of Sebastian Vettel and then went very quick indeed in FP2 to beat Max by over half a second.
In the middle of all that excitement it almost went unnoticed – though not at RS Towers – that Daniel aced both practice sessions yesterday.
We also had Renault announcing they're going to borrow Carlos Sainz from Red Bull for 2018, leaving Jolyon Palmer without a seat for next season.
We had McLaren and Honda divorcing, McLaren moving in with Renault and Honda hooking up with Toro Rosso.
Unless you've been living in a cave for the past 24 hours or so (which might the case if you're from Shaanxi province in China, where people do still in caves), you'll know that yesterday was a day of big news in F1.
The final practice session gets underway at 6pm local, which means it'll still be daylight for this session. Well. twilight, as sunset will occur at around 7pm.
Good evening everyone and welcome to Singapore where we're about 12 minutes away from the start of FP3.
We can't wait. See you in two weeks' time.
Excellent recovery for the Red Bulls after those penalties, which leave us in good shape for the next race, under the floodlights - in Singapore.
So, as the tifosi invade the track to salute VET's podium, we'll take our leave.
Honourable mention thought to the pit crew for that epic 2.2s stop to put Daniel in touching distance of RAI. Great work there.
We'll get this over with nice and early and hand him our man-of-the-match awards. Nicely done, Badger!
Daniel, though, undoubtedly delivers the driver of the day - P16 to P4. Quick, aggressive, surgically precise.
Getting his excuse in early there? ;-)
VET is on the radio saying that something was wrong with his car in the final 15-20 laps and he was up and down on engine power.
Max has recovered from his early woes to finish in 10th place, taking a hard won point.
Mercedes utterly dominant. HAM finishes 36.3s ahead of championship leader Vettel.
Hamilton wins the Italian Grand Prix. BOT is second and VET takes third... 4.0s ahead of Daniel.
Purple again for Daniel - 1:23.361. 1.1s quicker than VET. 4.6s behind.
Max is under investigation for that move on MAG.
5 laps to go now - 5.7s between RIC and VET.
Daniel continuing to set purple times. 1:23.675 on lap 47, The gap to VET is now 6.2s
Magnussen fights back and Max protects the line. MAG is forced to cut the chicane and is not happy.
He's in the points. Red Bulls marching on.
Meanwhile, Max has been steadily working through the pack and he's just muscled his way past MAG to claim 10th place.
Daniel - fastest race lap so far 1:23.748. A second quicker than VET again. The gap is down to 8.7s.
Right, the Badger is now 11s behind VET but he's lapping a second quicker than the Ferrari. 11 laps remaining. Gonna be tight but it is game on.
Boom! Daniel blasts past RAI. Clinical. P4.
PB in S2 and S3. He's now 1.5 behind RAI.
Daniel sets the quickest S1 so far.
Daniel pits. Mega quick! 2.2s stop by the boys. Nice work to get him out just behind RAI. 2.6s the gap.
Max is now in P14 and starting to chase down SAI. The Spaniard in 9.9s ahead.
Daniel is now 8.1s ahead of VET and 20s clear of RAI.
PER in now. It's a slow stop for softs. 4.1s. Daniel still circulating in P3.
HAM pits, softs on and he emerges in P2.
That puts Daniel into third on the road.
VET pits from P3. Softs on.
Max pits again. Supersofts on this time for the Dutchman.
More importantly he's 21s clear of RAI who has already pitted. The Honey Badger is flying!
Further ahead Daniel is now 14.3s behind VET and has built a 7.6s gap to PER.
RAI passes OCO for P6. Both have already made a pit stop.
Further back, Max is now in P16.
Daniel now lapping as quickly as the Mercedes. In the mid 1m25s.
Simon tells Daniel that "now is the time to push" and the Aussie obliges, green sectors all the way.
That puts Daniel into P4.
Daniel is now in P5, 0.9s behind MAS.
Simon tells Daniel "Massa's alone now". Daniel's response? "I like 'em vulnerable".
Daniel just 0.2s behind MAS now.
Daniel has passed PER, nice move! Up to P6 now as the stops unfold.
OCO int the pits now. Hew takes softs as well.
RAI took soft tyres during that stop.
Max has passed GRO.
He rejoins in P11. \
RAI into the pits.
Meanwhile Max has closed a 4.0s gap to GRO at the back of the field. Just half a second behind the Haas now.
Daniel in DRS range of Checo now.
Daniel takes another half second out of PER.
Daniel is now just 1.7s behind PER. At the front HAM is 3.1s clear of BOT and a whopping 8.0s ahead of VET.
No further action in the Max/Massa incident.
Daniel's like a stealth badger - quietly and effortlessly picking off rivals as the laps tick away. P9 from P16 on the grid and now 3.6s behind PER.
VET passes OCO at the start of lap 8 to take P3.
1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 OCO. 4 VET. 5 STR. 6 RAI. 7 MAS. 8 PER. 9 RIC. 10 MAG.
Daniel is now up to P12.
And that incident with MAS is under investigation by the stewards.
Max in the pits - new nosecone, new tyres.
VET has passed RAI too.
BOT has passed STR and now as he crosses the start line he passes OCO to take P2.
Oh no! Max has tangled with MAS and he's sustained a front-right puncture!
Daniel is up to P14.
The order – 1 HAM. 2 OCO. 3 STR. 4 BOT. 5 RAI. 6 VET. 7 MAS. 8 VER. 9 PER. 10 MAG.
Daniel has held his 16th place.
Max is up to 8th place from P13 on the grid!
The Italian Grand Prix is go!
The formation lap is underway.
Right we're almost ready for the off.
16-20: 16 RIC. 17 PAL. 18 VAN. 19 ALO. 20 GRO.
11-15: 11 ERI. 12 WEH. 13 VER. 14 HUL. 15 SAI.
So, from 1-10 we have: 1 HAM. 2 STR. 3 OCO. 4 BOT. 5 RAI. 6 VET. 7 MAS. 8 KVY. 9 MAG. 10 PER.
It means that after all the sanctions have been applied, Max will today start from P13 and Daniel from P16.
and they've also been helped by penalties elsewhere.
Max qualified in P2 and Daniel in P3 yesterday, which went a long to mitigating the damage of those drops...
Most importantly of course, Daniel took a 20-place penalty for using additional power unit elements, and Max took the same drop for the same reason.
Right, there's been quite a lot of grid movement overnight due to penalties, so let's detail that for you.
The place is absolutely jam-packed. The massive banners are flying, the flares are going off and the grid is wreathed in smoke.
We've also got a typically amazing atmosphere at Monza.
Today we have blazing sunshine, 25˚C ambient and 34˚C on track.
Yesterday was almost a wash-out, though we eventually had a qualifying session 2hrs and 40mins after the scheduled start time.
And what a difference 24 hours makes.
Good afternoon and welcome to Monza for live coverage of the Italian Grand Prix.
That's out lot from what was a marathon qualifying session. We'll be back tomorrow with live coverage of the Italian Grand Prix. See you then.
We'll find out just how the grid gets shaken overnight.
Massive result for the team, but of course it's tempered by the knowledge that both will take grid penalties tomorrow.
Max is second in Quali and Daniel third.
So, Lewis Hamilton takes the all-time pole record with that phenomenal lap in very tricky conditions,
Max is P2 in Quali with a time of 1:36.70s and Daniel takes P3 with a time of 1:36.841.
Noooo.... HAM takes it and it's a massive lap - 1:35.554.
Daniel into P2. HAM....
P1 for Max 1:36.702!!
Max purple in S2 33.4.
Max beats it! 30.7s.
OCO sets the quickest S1 so far.
Ferrari seem to be struggling in these conditions. VET in P8 and RAI in P9. 2 mins to go.
Max's last lap isn't an improvement.
4 mins left on the clock.
HAM retakes P1 - 1:36.913.
1 RIC. 2 HAM. 3 VER. 4 OCO. 5 BOT. 6 STR. 7 MAS. 8 VET. 9 VAN. 10 RAI.
Five mins to go.
P1 for the Honey Badger!
But Daniel gets past him! 1:37.143!!
And HAM takes P1 - 1:37.237.
BOT takes P2.
Max improves to 1:37.737.
OCO splits the Red Bulls.
HAM. BOT and VET yet to complete their laps.
Daniel into P2 - 1:38.107.
Max takes P1 - 1:37.782.
The first run could determine pole here. Th conditions are getting worse.
Max sets off on a flying lap.
Max and RAI on the same piece of track looking for a clean run. Max passes the four-time champ to claim the position he thinks best.
It's green and Q3 is underway.
It'll be back to full wets for Q3 we think. Heavy rain now.
Q3 is due to start in 2 mins.
It's raining hard now.
Eliminated though are: 11 PER. 12 HUL. 13 ALO. 14 KVY. 15 SAI.
The top 10 in Q2: 1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 VER. 4 VET. 5 STR. 6 RAI. 7 RIC. 8 MAS. 9 VAN. 10 OCO.
Daniel improves at the last moment - 1:37.313. P7 and through to Q3. Max is through in P3 1:36.113.
1 minute to go.
Daniel is in P9 at the moment.
Just under 4 mins to go: 1 VET. 2 HAM. 3 BOT. 4 RAI. 5 VER 1:37.739. 6 STR. 7 HUL. 8 RIC 1:38.109. 9 MAS. 10 OCO.
VET pushes him to P2 with a best time so far of 1:36.223.
But HAM behind to feel the benefit of inters and jumps to P1 with a time of 1:36.447.
Daniel is P3.
Seems they're working for some and not others.
He's on inters.
VET takes P1 and then improves to 1:36.787.
That appears to be the way to go at the moment as HAM, on inters, slots into P2 with a time of 1:38.116.
Max takes P1 with a time of 1:37.739. That was set on full wets.
Spin for VAN. He saves it and continues.
GP tells Max that there is an increasing risk of rain in this segment.
Green light, Q2 begins...
Eliminated though are: 16 MAG. 17 PAL. 18 ERI. 19 WEH. GRO did not take part of course after his early crash.
Max is through in P4 with a time of 1:37.344. Daniel is through in P7 with a lap of 1:38.304.
BOT tops the order with a last gasp lap of 1:35.716.
VET on inters moves to P3.
Whoah! RAI almost released into the path of a Force India in pit lane. He narrowly avoids a crash and also leaves the pit lane with a small fire on his front right brake.
Daniel is matching that move. He's in P6 at the moment on 1:38.304, but he's gone green one tyre choice.
VET has gone out on intermediate tyres.
Daniel is the last across the line - 1:38.912. That puts him in P7. Max currently P2 after an improvement to 1:37.344. HAM is P1 1:36.981.
The track is clearly a lot better.
VET moves past that - 1:38.225.
Max takes P1 - 1:38.557.
At the moment HAM's 1:40.128 is the P1 time.
12 mins to go in Q1. Max says the conditions are better now than 2hrs40m ago.
Daniel wait for the traffic to abate and heads out now.
Max is first on track.
Pit exit open!!
In fact it's so long that Marcus Ericsson can't pull out of the Sauber garage as his way is blocked!
Huge queue at the pit exit...
We'll find that out in 10 minutes.
if the conditions hold
Something about Lewis being in P1, Grosjean goring off and that was it really. There are 13 mins left on the Q1 clock so plenty of time to get laps in...
Now, can we even remember what happened two and a half hours ago....
The news that Q1 will re-start at 1640 appears on the big screens and massive roar goes up from the grandstands.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we are going to have a session.
Could it maybe, possible, somehow be... time for Quali?
Whisper it... the weather seems to be clearing a little. There are vehicles on track brushing away some of the water and the safety cars is out on what looks like a much improved track surface.
And while we've been watching that, Race Contol have announced another 15-minute delay. Zzzzzzzzz...
That involved steaming into the Mercedes garage and trying to get a shot of suspension geometry - causing much consternation!
Everybody's getting a bit silly now. Daniel has just nicked a TV camera and gone on his own shoot.
Well they haven't called time on Quali just yet... another 15-minute delay.
Further info at 1600. Which is when we think Race Control will call it for today.
Sorry about... nodded off there for a moment. No news is... bad news. Next update at 1545.
The SC is heading out at intervals to test the conditions but the verdict seems to be consistent - it's bloody wet out there.
So, at the moment, we're in a holding pattern.
Race Control has to go through the procedure though and they'll allow all the time they can until the light begins to get too poor.
It's still raining steadily here though and to our eyes the conditions do not look to be improving by any significant margin.
A small change of language in the latest announcement. "Further information at 1530. 10 minutes warning will be given before any re-start."
This is beginning to have the feel of those past 'Quali on a Sunday' weekends...
And we're delayed again - next information at 15.15.
and in 2010 when another massive storm brought torrential rain.
Prior to that it was Australia in 2013. Quali has been held on Sunday in Japan a couple of times in relatively recent memory - in 2004 when Typhoon Ma-On brought horrendous weather
The last time that happened? The 2015 US Grand Prix when torrential rain made it impossible to have the session on Saturday.
And there have been even trickier sessions - where we've had quali on Sunday morning.
Quali for the 2009 Brazilian GP, for example, took ended almost three hours after the scheduled start time thanks to torrential downpours.
We have had this kind of delay during Quali sessions before of course.
no announcement, really. The session is delayed again by 15 mins, with further info now set to comes at 3pm local time.
And the announcement is....
That's local time of course.
Race Control now saying "further information will be issued at 14.45".
The session has been delayed by a further 15 minutes.
The re-start has been delayed. Next information at 14.30.
Then SC is on track again, doing a track inspection.
Grosjean has a little swear and says "I told you it was too dangerous".
Red Flag. Gropsjean has gone off at Turn 1.
BOT isn't the only one missing that chicane - KVY, PER, HUL, PAL also give it a miss.
BOT has overshot the first chicane. He weaves his way through the barriers and continues.
First order of the day: Get a lap in. So it's already busy on track. And the rain is intensifying again!
And in the meantime we'll just focus on Quali, and where the Red Bulls can get to during the one-hour session which is...
It's all far too complicated for us mere mortals to work out, so we'll leave those calculations to the stewards overnight.
The good news for us is that Daniel and Max announced theirs first so their penalties will be applied first, which could be beneficial.
It's also being reported that Pascal Wehrlein is having the engine changed in his Sauber, so there'll be penalties for him.
Nico Hulkenberg will get a 10-place grid penalty for fitting a new MGU-H to his power unit while Jolyon Palmer takes a new turbocharger and MGU-H for a 15-place sanction.
And now we can add to the list the Renault drivers.
Daniel and Max are going to take PU-related penalties (with an eye to Singapore). Fernando Alonso is going the same.
Little bit of news ahead of Quali: we have more grid penalties for tomorrow.
It is still raining, but it's not as intense now. The Safety Car is currently have a mooch around to test the conditions, but at the moment it looks like we'll have a session.
After heavy rain this morning led to a shortened FP3 the rain has eased off a bit in the last hour so the track looks a bit better than earlier.
And the good news is that the weather has improved slightly.
Hello, and welcome back to Monza where we just under a quarter of an hour away from Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix
That's it then. A very short and very soggy FP3 is done. We'll be back in a couple of hours for Qualifying for the Italian GP. See you then.
Daniel and Max had a look around, got a sense of how the track is behaving but sensibly didn't want to risk too much this close to Quali.
So that's it. Just seven times set. 1 MAS 1:40.6690. 2 STR 1:40.888. 3 HUL 1:41.491. 4 SAI. 5 PAL. 6 ERI. 7 KVY.
But they both head back to the pits.
Chequered flag. RAI and VET still on laps.
Raikkonen on track now. Two minutes left in the much-abbreviated session.
MAS' next lap nets him P1 - 1:40.660.
MAS takes P3 behind HUL and SAI – 1:42.196. Four minutes remaining.
HAM has returned to the pits after his first taste of the conditions.
HUL takes over in P1 - 1:41.491.
KVY straightlines the first chicane.
Just three times on the board - for SAI, ERI and KVY. HAM now heading out on track.
It's pretty treacherous out there, though. Lots of nervous moments.
SAI has improved to 1:41.515.
10 minutes remaining.
SAI sets the first lap – 1:42.973.
Daniel and Max back into the pit lane after that quick look around.
And we're off! Daniel and Max are first out, followed by SAI and HUL. Exploratory mission underway.
They'll be first out on track.
Obviously, it's full wets for the boys.
Daniel trundling down the pit lane to take up position at the exit. Max follows. Two and a half mins to go.
Well, wonders will never cease. "Session will start at 11:44".
They've going to have another look in a couple of minutes but not expecting any change.
Well, the SC has been around for a look again and there's no change in the conditions. In fact, we'd hazard a guess that they've deteriorated.
We'll keep you posted as to how things develop in Monza, but for the moment we'll sit back with a cup of tea, a pack of biccies and watch the weather... back soon hopefully
But, it's just too wet out there at the moment.
In yesterday's practice sessions everybody pretty much avoided running during the wet spells, so this morning would provide useful data,
It's a tricky one for the teams as obviously if this kind of weather persists they would like to get some wet weather running in ahead of Quali.
And there we have it: the message from Race Control comes through. "Start delayed indefinitely due to weather conditions'.
Five mins to go until the session start.
The latest forecast from the FIA's met team suggests the rain will continue until the scheduled end of FP3, but will lessen in intensity towards the end.
So we have a suspicion that there might be a delay.
But there are large amounts of standing water everywhere and some pretty deep puddles at kerb points around the circuit.
Race Control posts the message that the track test has been completed. Just waiting on a verdict now.
The safety car has been pounding around for a while and has just returned to the pit lane and the medial car is having a look now.
Not sure, but that's what it's doing and it has been the case for much of the morning.
Is 'chucking it down' a proper meteorological term?
That's not guaranteed at the moment because it is absolutely chucking it down here at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
...if we have a final practice session.
Good morning and welcome to Monza, for live coverage of final practice for the Italian Grand Prix.
That's it for us here in Spa then. We'll back next weekend when we'll be live at another legendary circuit - Monza, home of the Italian Grand Prix. Join us then. RS out!
Daniel Ricciardo. Yep his nose clean, no mistakes, no drama, worked his way up and made a perfect move on Bottas to claim another podium. Great drive.
Quick and easy choice for our Tag Heuer Don't Crack Under Pressure Award this time...
We're off the podium to celebrate another great Daniel podium and to commiserate with Max over what might have been.
And the rest of the field: 11 STR. 12 KVY. 13 PAL. 14 VAN. 15 MAG. 16 ERI. 17 PER (RET). ALO, VER, WEH DNF.
The top 10: 1. HAM. 2 VET. 3 RIC. 4 RAI. 5 BOT. 6 HUL. 7 GRO. 8 MAS. 9 OCO. 10 SAI.
The others of course were 1st in 2014 and 2nd last year.
It's also the third podium of his career at Spa.
That's Daniel's sixth podium finish of the season.
And Daniel Ricciardo take third!!
Lewis Hamilton wins the Belgian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel is second...
Daniel now 2.2s clear of Raikkonen. Three laps to go.
1.2 between HAM and VET. Daniel is 4.5 behind VET and now 1.5s ahead of RAI. BOT is +1.5 to RAI.
Five laps to go: 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 RIC. 4 RAI. 5 BOT. 6 HUL. 7 GRO. 8 MA. 9 OCO. 10 SAI.
1.2s between Daniel and RAI now. BOT a second down on RAI.
Daniel is now in P3 a second clear of RAI and 1.9 ahead of BOT. Eight laps to go.
HAM has held his lead - barely. VET made a good move on the long straight but HAM defended well.
Great move by Daniel to pass BOT on the Kemmel Straight. The Finn was also ambushed by RAI on the inside.
Daniel is third! He's got past BOT. RAI also passes this countryman.
SC in at the end of this lap.
So the order under safety car: 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 BOT. 4 RIC. 5 RAI. 6 HUL. 7 MAG. 8 GRO. 9 MAS. 10 OCO. PER has dropped to P16.
VET has also taken ultrasofts.
Daniel has taken on ultrasofts.
More softs for HAM.
HAM and VET pit.
RAI (P5) pits. So to do HUL (P6) and GRO (P7).
There's debris everywhere on the run to Eau Rouge. SC.
Force India team-mates OCO and PER clash! PER has a puncture.
HAM now leads VET by 1.9s. BOT is +5.8 to VET and Daniel is +14.9 to BOT. Daniel just under 14s clear of RAI.
ALO has retired from the race.
RAI has passed HUL for P5. RAI is now 13s behind Daniel.
Midway through the race the order is: 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 BOT. 4 RIC. 5 HUL. 6 RAI. 7 OCO. 8 PER. 9 GRO. 10 MAG.
VET is now 1.3s behind HAM. BOT is 6.0s behind VET and Daniel is 14.3 behind BOT.
RAI takes his penalty and resumes in P6. Daniel moves up to P4. He's 14.2s behind BOT.
The penalty stands though.
Kimi's response is: "What do you mean!? He was at the side of the road."
The Finn is not happy either. His race engineer Dave Greenwood tells him he's got the penalty, for not slow when the yellows were out for Max's stop on track.
That's good for Daniel, who is currently just 2.1s behind RAI.
and RAI has also just been handed a 10-second stop/go penalty for failing to slow for yellows.
Correction, BOT is still ahead of RAI.
But RAI has jumped BOT in his stop. The order now is: HAM, VET, RAI, BOT, RIC, HUL, SAI, OCO, PER, GRO.
RAI now pits. Softs on and he resumes in P4 ahead of Daniel.
Daniel is in P5 after his stop.
RAI doing a good job of holding HAM up as VET pits.
BOT has also pitted. He's behind Daniel now.
RAI (P3) is under investigation for possibly failing to slow under yellows,.
Lap 11: HUL pits from P6 behind Daniel.
The pit stops begin at the end of lap 10 as OCO, GRO, and ALO take on new tyres.
Looks like the issue arrived as he exited the Bus Sto0p on the previous lap. He went through the gears on the run to La Source and as he hit sixth the power just dropped.
He's shaking his head in dismay. "Unbelievable. I can't believe this," is Max's verdict.
He's grinding to a halt on the Kemmel Straight. Disaster for Max - and the tens of thousands of Dutch fans in the grandstands.
He's saying he's losing power.
Oh no! Max is slowing
But WEH has just pulled into the Sauber garage and retired.
11-20: 11 PER. 12 GRO. 13 PAL. 14 MAS. 15 SAI. 16 STR. 17 KVY. 18 VAN. 19 ERI. 20 WEH.
1-10 – HAM, VET, BOT, RAI. VER, RIC, ALO, HUL, OCO, MAG.
PAL the big mover at the back. He was in P20 at the start and claimed seven places on lap one!
ALO is the big mover in the top 10. He moved from P10 to P7, lost the place to HUL and has just taken it back with a great move into Les Combes.
The front of the field remains in grid order as they flood out of La Source. HAM, VET, BOT, RAI, VER, RIC.
And everybody does stay out of trouble.
And we're away!
VER in P5, RIC in P6.
Here we go. Very short run to La Source at the start. The trick is to stay out of trouble...
Formation lap underway.
Tyre news - Front 14 on ultras. STR, MAS, ERI, KVT and VAN on Supersofts and WEH on Softs.
Max starting from P5 in front of the huge army of Dutch fans who've helped give us a record crowd this afternoon. Daniel starting from P6.
Weatherwise, we're in good shape. Just a 10% chance of rain this afternoon and at the moment it's 22˚C in the air and 34˚C on track.
Five mins to go until the formation lap.
However, at the moment PAL is still in the pits.
19-20: 19 KVY (20-place penalty additional PU elements). 20 VAN (60 place penalty additional power unit elements, 5 place gearbox penalty).
16-18: 16 MAS (5 place penalty, yellow flags). 17 ERI (5 place gearbox penalty). 18 WEH (5 place gearbox penalty).
From 11-15: 11 GRO. 12 MAG. 13 SAI. 14 PAL (5-place gearbox penalty). 15 STR.
From 1-10: 1. HAM. 2 VET. 3 BOT. 4 RAI. 5 VER. 6 RIC. 7 HUL. 8 PER. 9 OCO. 10 ALO.
The grid: a lot of movement overnight as people took various penalties.
Plenty to tell you before the off, so we'll get straight to it.
Hello and welcome to Spa-Francorchamps, the beast of the Ardennes, for live coverage of the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.
Right that's our qualifying done. Max and Daniel on row three - a fascinating race in prospect. Join us tomorrow for live coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix.
The full top 10: 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 BOT. 4 RAI. 5 VER. 6 RIC. 7 HUL. 8 PER. 9 OCO. 10 PAL.
That's HAM's 68th career pole. That equals the all-time pole record of Michael Schumacher!
Meanwhile at the top, HAM takes pole with a lap of 1:42.553. He's 0.198 ahead of VET in P3. BOT takes P3 ahead of RAI.
Daniel will start alongside his team-mate in P6, with a lap of 1:43.863.
Max sets a time 1:43.380 to take P5. That's just over a tenth behind the fourth-placed Ferrari of RAI.
And it's fifth and sixth for the Red Bulls.
RAI and BOT follow. Max and Daniel now head out. Here we go...
Three mins to go now. HAM heads out for his final run. Yet to set a time are PER, OCO and HUL.
PAL has stopped on track at Turn 15.
Daniel slots into P6, 0.147 behind Max. Lap of 1:43.925 for the Honey Badger.
Max is currently P5 behind BOT and VET with a time of 1:43.778.
RAI takes P1 with a time of 1:43.270, but HAM immediately usurps him with a lap of 1:42.907.
Daniel heads out.
Max on track now. Daniel still in the garage.
Q3 about to start.
Max through in P4 with a time of 1:43.940. Daniel into Q3 – 1:44.224.
The top 10 ahead of Q3: 1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 RAI. 4 VER. 5 VET. 6 RIC. 7 PAL. 8 PER. 9 HUL. 10 OCO.
Out though go: 11 ALO. 12 GRO. 13 MAG. 14 SAI. 15 VAN.
And it's HUL who makes the move. His final run pushes him into Q3 in P9, with a time of 1:44.988.
Chequered flag. More times to come.
VET and RAI also sticking with what they've got.
Max and Daniel sitting it out with a couple of minutes remaining now.
Vandoorne has yet to set a time.
In the drop zone at the moment are: 11 HUL. 12 MAG. 13 GRO. 14 SAI. 15 VAN.
Hamilton is currently P1 with a lap of 1:43.539. RAI is P2 ahead of BOT, Max, VET and Daniel.
Max takes P4 at the start of Q2 with a time of 1:43.940. Daniel in P6 again with a lap of 1:44.224.
Unfortunate for the Finn who has been setting the pace for most of the weekend.
RAI again reporting vibration but this time he's told he'll just to make it through the session as best he can.
Q2 underway. Max and Daniel on track already, along with HAM, VET, RAI and BOT.
MAS briefly bumped SAI to P16 but the Toro Rosso driver crossed the line moments later and set a time of 1:45.374 to vault to P9.
Out though go: 16 MAS. 17 KVY. 18. STR. 19 ERI. 20 WEH.
That's it, Q1 over and Max goes through in P3 with a time of 1:44.535. Daniel through in P6 with a lap of 1:45.114.
Top 8 in the garage now. 1 minute to go.
In the drop zone at the moment are: 16 MAS. 17 KVY. 18 STR. 19 ERI. 20 WEH.
Five minutes remaining.
RAI has headed back to the garage, he was unhappy with the rear of the car and was told the team had detected an anomalous high-frequency vibration.
Current order: 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 VER. 4 RAI. 5 BOT. 6 RIC. 7 OCO. 8 VAN. 9 ALO. 10 MAG.
Daniel is in P6 - 1:45.114.
Max's first lap puts him third, 0.26s off Vettel's pace. 1:44.535.
Max and Daniel both on circuit now. Slightly earlier than is the norm in Q1. Ultras on.
But he's now usurped by VET - 1:44.275.
HAM setting the early pace. 1:44.316 for the Mercedes man.
Right, enough of all that, we have a green light and Q1 is underway.
Well, we say we went across, but truth be told we couldn't really get anywhere near the centre of i - it was just too packed. Amazing to see.
We went across to the Fan Zone earlier and it was just awash with Max-supporting Dutch fans.
Currently the heli is lingering over shots of the absolutely jam-packed grandstands.
A little bit of news: Felipe Massa is set to take a 5-place grid drop tomorrow after a yellow flag infringement this morning.
Welcome back to Spa-Francorchamps, where we're just about 5 minutes away from the start of qualifying.
We'll be back in a couple of hours with live coverage of qualifying. Join us then.
And Daniel is in P6, behind BOT, with a time of 1:45.286.
Max is in P4 with that time of 1:45.034.
And that's it. No change at the top. RAI is quickest followed by VET and HAM.
16 MAS. 17 MAG. 18 KVY. 19 WEH. 20 ERI.
Behind Daniel in P6 we now have: 7 PAL +0.205 to Daniel. 8 PER. 9 SAI. 10 ALO. 11 HUL. 12 OCO. 13 GRO. 14 VAN. 15 STR.
Longer runs on ultras now for the guys who's done their quali sims.
minutes to go.
15 minutes to go.
1 RAI 1:43.916. 2 VET +0.197. 3 HAM +0.198. 4 VER +1.118. 5 BOT +1.314. 6 RIC +1.370. 7 PAL. 8 ALO. 9 HUL. 10 SAI.
BOT splits the Red Bulls with a time of 1:45.230. Max now in P4, Daniel in P6.
VET now moves to P2 - 1:44.113 and HAM takes P3 with a time of 1:44.114.
RAI blasts past Max into P1 on ultrasofts. The gap to Max is 1.118s. That's substantial. 1:43.916 for the Finn.
Max nicks P1 from Daniel. 1:45.034. That's 0.252s ahead of his team-mate. Cue jubilation among the orange horde.
P1 - 1:45.286. That's 0.136s clear of RAI's supersoft pacesetter.
Meanwhile, with the track clear again, Daniel is winding up for a quick lap on ultras.
"Engine problem...I've lost the power. Lost the power guys," says Dany.
That's halfway down the Kemmel Straight. He just slowed and pulled over.
Looks like KVY has stopped between Turns 4 and 5.
Not sure what that's for yet.
There are yellows on sectors 1 & 2 and DRS has been disabled.,
Daniel on track again now. Ultras on.
7-10 are PAL, ALO, HUL and SAI. All times also set on supersofts.
Half and hour in and it's RAI from VET now, with HAM in P3 ahead of Daniel, Max and then BOT. All those times set on supersofts.
Daniel made a small improvement to 1:45.859 and is now back in the garage, as is Max.
RAI improves: 1:45.422. That puts him into P1 ahead of HAM.
The current order: 1 HAM 1:45.480. 2 RAI 1:45.583. 3 VET 1:45.737. 4 RIC 1:45.923. 5 VER 1:46.107.
P4 for Max after his first timed lap – 1:46.107, 0.184s behind Daniel.
Daniel takes P3 – 1:45.93 on supersofts.
Max heads out now. Supersofts on.
RAI slots into P2 - 1:45.583, also on supersofts.
Daniel is back out on track now.
HAM takes P1, also on supersofts: 1:45.480.
He's quickly pipped by BOT, also on supersofts. The Finn's time: 1:45.480.
SAI sets the fats lap (granted their are only two on the board). The Toro driver's time is: 1:47.620 on supersofts.
ALO is on track on inters at the moment, while just ahead MAS is using ultrasofts. Fairly different philosophies there then...
Daniel and Max keeping their powder dry at the moment.
All quiet now.
It's not wet out there, but there was an amount of rain overnight and it was damp this morning. Current air temp of 20˚C and track of 23˚C.
Max completes his installation lap, which was done on intermediates.
He's soon followed by Max.
And we're off. Green light and Daniel is an early adopter. On track within the first couple of minutes.
Right, two minutes away from a green light here. We'll make a quick cuppa and be right back.
And of course they're nice barbarians
It's actually a bit like the opening scene of Gladiator - where the Romans are confronted by a misty forest full of barbarians - except here they're all dressed in orange.
No Ewoks, but 80,000 absolutely bonkers Dutch fans, all going properly mental in support of Max Verstappen.
Live from what resembles the forest moon of Endor but without the Ewoks to bring you the best of FP3.
And hidden away in a tiny bunker in the undergrowth is the Race Station.
Yes indeed, the summer break is over, the beach of far behind us and instead we're in the deep woods of the Ardennes, at mighty Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.
And.... we're back in the room.
Over and out ;-)
but as far as the RS crew are concerned it's over and out for the summer break. Beach time awaits and we'll be back on August 26, from the Belgian Grand Prix.
There is the small matter of the last in-season test and we'll bring you news from that on the website in midweek...
So that's our lot from Hungary and that's our lot for the next few weeks.
It wasn't the easiest race to manage given what happened but they stayed focused and the long first stint for Max and the pace on fresher softs at the end sealed P5. Good job!
Just one thing remains to do and that's award our Tag Heuer 'Don't Crack Under Pressure' award and this time out we're going to award it to the guys on the pit wall.
The order after 70 laps: 1 VET. 2 RAI. 3 BOT. 4 HAM. 5 VER. 6 ALO. 7 SAI. 8 PER. 9 OCO. 10 VAN.
And Max Verstappen finishes in fifth place - just 0.3s behind Hamilton.
And in fact Mercedes did invert the positions: Valtteri Bottas finishes third ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Sebastian Vettel wins the Hungarian Grand Prix! Kimi Raikkonen is second.
As that might allow Max to pounce.
It's all settled at the front now. VET 1.3 ahead of RAI and RAI 1.8 ahead of HAM. Unlikely now that HAM will hand back third.
1 VET. 2 RAI. 3 HAM. 4 BOT. 5 VER. All covered by 11s.
Max now just 1.3s behind BOT. Closing in!
Good effort from the Scot after being drafted in yesterday in place of the unwell Felipe Massa.
Meanwhile at the back of the field Paul Di Resta has been forced to retire from his first GP in almost four years. Technical problem and he's told to box and stop.
Max does as he's told and the gap quickly drops to 3.8s.
Max is now just 4.4s behind BOT. GP tells the Dutchman to "push up behind" the Finn.
Max is now 5.4s behind BOT.
Max now 7.6s behind BOT.
BOT is told that HAM will let him retake third place if the Briton can't get past RAI.
Max is closing the gap to new P4 man BOT. There's just 10s between them now.
HAM is now just 1.8s behind RAI.
So HAM is now free to chase down the Ferraris. 46 laps down.
The Finn almost pulled over and stopped off line in Turn 1 to let HAM sweep through.
BOT has let HAM past.
Max sets the fastest lap of the race: 1:20.490. He's 14.6s behind HAM. Miles clear of anyone else at the moment too. Closest car behind with a stop done is ALO, 35s back.
He's rejoined in P5 behind HAM and ahead of VAN.
Max pits at the end of lap 42. He's serving his time penalty and then takes on softs.
BOT now 1.7s behind RAI.
Ferrari obviously wanting RAI to act as a bulwark.
Raikkonen protesting that his team is putting him under threat from Bottas by not allowing to pass Vettel.
Raikkonen clearly being held up by a slower Vettel who is having handling issues.
This is getting interesting - at last.
ALO passes SAI for P6!
Max stays out. He leads VET by 10.2s and at the moment is lapping quicker.
RAI is not happy. He tells his team "I had the speed to stay out". He clearly thinks he's going a lot quicker than Vettel at the moment.
Close between VET and RAI. The Finn almost got out ahead of his team-mate after his stop but the German holds his lead - just.
Max is leading the race! He does need to stop, though.
RAI pits from the lead.
RAI leads the Hungarian GP. VET drops to P3. BOT sets the race fastest lap.
He's looking to undercut Max.
HAM pits on the next lap. Softs. Emerges behind BOT.
BOT pits at the end of lap 30. First of the front runners to do so. Softs on. He rejoins in P5 behind HAM.
Max is relatively comfortable in P4 at the moment, though HAM has closed to 1.2s behind. RAI is closing on VET though. That gap is just 1.1s now.
VET is complaining that his steering is "hanging to the left" and "it's getting worse".
GRO has stopped at Turn 9. He pitted and it looks like there was a crossed wheel nut. That might be the reason he's pulled over.
The gaps at the front have stabilised. VET 2.6s ahead of RAI and 6.4 clear of BOT. Max is 2.7 behind BOT and 2.1 ahead of HAM.
1 VET. 2 RAI. 3 BOT. 4 VER. 5 HAM. 6 SAI. 7 ALO. 8 PER. 9 VAN. 10 OCO.
Max, in P4, is now 1.8s behind BOT and 1.8s ahead of HAM.
VET is now 2.7s ahead of RAI.
1 VET. 2 RAI. 3 BOT. 4 VER. 5 HAM. 6 SAI. 7 ALO. 8 PER. 9 VAN. 10 OCO.
And Max has been hit with a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision with his team-mate!
He comes under pressure from HAM but resists.
We're racing again and Max tries to get past BOT in Turn 1. He can't make it stick.
SC in this lap.
Good starts too from SAI (P9 to P6) and PER (P13 to P8).
So Max has risen to fourth.
Under the SC: 1 VET. 2 RAI. 3 BOT. 4 VER. 5 HAM. 6 SAI. 7 ALO. 8 PER. 9 VAN. 10. OCO.
Anyway, the disappointing result is that Daniel is out of the race.
It looked like Daniel might have clipped by someone else as struggled for control, but it seems not.
That is not good. The incident is under investigation by the stewards.
Max locked up slightly and ran into the left side of Daniel as they went through the corner.
Daniel made a good start and got past HAM in Turn 1. That put him alongside Max, on the outside, as they went to Turn 3.
"Someone hit me," he says. He certainly tangled with Max in Turn 2 but there was more contact afterwards with someone else.
And it's disaster for Daniel! He's been hit and he's stopped at the side of the track after Turn 3.
And we're away!
KVY (P16) and DIR (P19) starting on softs. Everyone else on super-softs.
Formation lap underway!
HUL drops to 12th after a 5-place gearbox penalty and KVY was penalised 3 places for impeding Lance Stroll during qualifying.
16-20: 16 KVY. 17 STR. 18 WEH. 19 DIR. 20 ERI.
11-15: 11 OCO. 12 HUL. 13 PER. 14 GRO. 15 MAG.
1-10: 1 VET. 2 RAI. 3 BOT. 4 HAM. 5 VER. 6 RIC. 7 ALO. 8 VAN. 9 SAI. 10 PAL.
5 to go before the formation lap so let's have a look at the grid, which has changed a little overnight.
There's a lot of lateral movement as cars change direction quickly on this twisty little track and couple with the extreme temps, well, it remains to be seen how that affects anyone starting on used supersofts.
The feeling yesterday was that this was looking like a one-stopper but that might change given these temps.
It's properly boiling out there.
And yes, they appear to have moved the sensor and the readout is now 55˚C. That seems more accurate.
We say very warm because it's a scorcher here in Budapest. It's 31˚C in the air. The screens are showing the track temp as 37˚C but the feeling is that it's considerably warmer where the sun is strongest.
Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to the Hungaroring for live coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
So Max through in P5 and Daniel through in P6. It's pretty tight there at the top of the order, so it looks like we might be in for a pretty exciting Hungarian Grand Prix. Join for that tomorrow.
RAI improves though to displace BOT! 1:16.444 for the Ferrari Finn. That's a Ferrari one-two.
Both Red Bulls lose time in S2 and though Daniel makes a small improvement to 1:16.818 it's not enough to improve his position. He stays P6. Max qualified in P5 with his opening time of 1:16.797.
HAM's final flyer is only good enough for P3 at the moment. 1:16.707. Can the Red Bulls beat that?
The order after the first runs: 1 VET 1:16.276. 2 BOT 1:16.631. 3 VER 1:16.797. 4 RIC 1:16.876. 5 RAI 1:16.878. 6 HUL. 7 ALO. 8 VAN. 9 HAM. 10 SAI.
HAM had a disastrous first run. He went well wide at Turn 4 and he's in P9 ahead of SAI who didn't set a time.
Boom! Max into P3. He's 0.079 ahead of Daniel. Wow, that is tight!
Max starting his first flying lap.
He's followed by BOT. Daniel is P3 with a time of 1:16.876. First Red Bull into the 1m16s.
VET again sets the pace early on - 1:16.276.
HAM and VET the only drivers in that 1m16s bracket at the moment. Max just shy of three hundredths of making that mark.
Through to Q3 are: 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 VER. 4 RAI. 5 BOT. 6 HUL. 7 RIC. 8 ALO. 9 VAN. 10 SAI.
Out though go: 11 PAL. 12 OCO. 13 KVY. 14 PER. 15 GRO.
And that works for HAM. He takes P1 on that run with a time of 1:16.693! No positional improvement for BOT.
The bulk of the top 6 have stayed in the garages. Mercedes the exception with HAM (P3) and BOT (P5) on track at the moment.
HUL jumps to P6 with a time of 1:17.655. That pushes Daniel to P7 at the moment.
The order with 7 to go: 1 VET 1:16.802. 2 VER 1:17.028. 3 HAM 1:17.194. 4 RAI. 5 BOT. 6 RIC 1:17.698. 7 ALO. 8 VAN.
Max again takes P2 - 1:17.028. Just 0.2s behind VET.
Max starting his first flying lap now.
P5 for Daniel after that lap of 1:17.698.
Daniel on his first flyer now.
VET lays down an early and impressive Q2 marker with a time of 1:16.802. The first man into the 1m16s bracket this weekend.
At least we think he's had sim time!
Very solid performance by Di Resta – 1:19.868 despite never having driven a 2017 car outside the sim.
Eliminated along with MAG are P17 STR, followed by WEH, DIR and ERI.
Both men lapped in 1:19.095 but the Mexican makes Q2 by dint of setting the time first.
Spare a thought though for Kevin Magnussen. The Haas driver is ruled out in P16 despite setting an identical time to Force India's 'Checo' Perez.
Q1 done. At the top its VET with that time of 1:17.244 followed by Max two hundredths back. Third is RAI ahead of HAM and Daniel.
In the drop zone are: 16 MAG. 17 STR. 18 ERI. 19 WEH and 20 DIR.
Top 9 all in the garage now. Looks like they feel safe with laps better than the 1:18.479 set by P9 man VAN.
but then Max vaults to P2! 1:17.266. That's just two hundredths of a second behind VET.
Daniel returns the favour to Max - pushing his team-mate out of P4 as he improved to a time of 1:17.702
The order with 7 mins left is: 1 VET 1:17.244. 2 RAI 1:17364. 3 HAM 1:17.492. 4 VER 1:17.887. 5 RIC 1:17.924. 6 BOT. 7 VAN. 8 HUL. 9 ALO. 10 PAL.
Max pushes Daniel out of fourth spot with his first flyer 1:17.887.
Max on track now.
Daniel takes P4 with a time of 1:17.924. On supersofts.
Daniel on track now.
Di Resta is on the board - 1:22.289. Feeding himself in slowly here. Sensible chap.
HAM takes P1 with a time of 1:17.905. The top time from FP3 was VET's 1:17.017.
BOT and HAM the first men out on track.
Q1 is underway.
So an exciting Quali session in prospect. We're 3 mins away from Q1 now.
And the good news is it's almost good to go. Final tweaks being done now.
Meanwhile, down in our garage, plenty of work has been going on to get Daniel Ricciardo's car ready for the session after he suffered a hydraulic issue in FP3.
But he's been given the all clear by the FIA and so he'll drive alongside Lance Stroll today.
Paul's last grand prix was the Brazilian GP of 2013 when he drove for Force India.
So much so that he will not drive any more this weekend's and so he will be replaced by Paul Di Resta.
Big news here too: we mentioned during FP3 that Felipe Massa, who had been unwell yesterday, was feeling ill again during this morning's session.
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That's our lot from the Hungaroring for the moment. We'll be back for Quali in a couple of hours, see you then!
11 SAI. 12 OCO. 13 KVY. 14 PER. 15 GRO. 16 MAG. 17 MAS. 18 STR. 19 WEH. 20 ERI.
The full order: 1 VET. 2 RAI. 3 BOT. 4 VER. 5 HAM. 6 VAN. 7 HUL. 8 RIC. 9 ALO. 10 PAL.
Daniel meanwhile finishes in P8 after that hyrdaulics issue. His time a 1:18.714.
Next, in P4 is Max with a time of 1:18.194. +1.177 to VET and 0.240 ahead of HAM who is in P5.
Kimi Raikkonen is second on 1:17.492 and Valtteri Bottas is third – 1:17.914.
So, Sebastian Vettel goes quickest in FP3 with a time of 1:17.017.
Could Paul Di Resta be about to make and F1 comeback with Williams?
He's been ill since yesterday and has been to hospital for checks. He was cleared to drive this morning but he's clearly not better.
He's stopped running as he is feeling unwell.
Elsewhere, it looks like Felipe Massa's morning is over.
And Max claims another spot. He improves to 1:18.194 and passes Hamilton to take P4.
Max jumps ahead of Daniel. P5 for the Dutchman now - 1:18.592.
Max is in P6 but is out on track now.
10 mins remaining. VET still at the top of the timesheet ahead of RAI, BOT, HAM and Daniel.
Word from the garage: suspected hydraulics issue for Daniel.
And RAI also finds pace. 1:17.492 for him. 0.475 off his team-mate.
VET ups the pace again. 1:17.017 for the German now.
BOT has bolted on supersets and climbed to P3 behind RAI. 1:17.914. Just under nine tenths off VET.
Hmmm now it seems he's saying he had a power failure and everything switched off.
It's at Turn 9. He's parked up and telling Simon that the car is "stuck in fifth".
Whoah!!!! Daniel has stopped on track!
Max is currently P5.
HAM in P4 and BOT in P6 have set their best times so far on Soft tyres.
Daniel has improved to a time of 1:18.714. That's 0.924 off VET.
Just past the halfway mark now. 1 VET 1:17.790. 2 RAI. 3 RIC. 4 HAM.
Daniel in P4 with his first lap in anger - 1:18.849 on supersofts. A second off VETat the moment.
So VET on top at the moment with that 1:17.790. That's 0.646 clear of Rubens' '04 marker.
Badger alert! Daniel finally heads out of the garage.
Daniel, meanwhile, has been out on track for a look but has retreated to the garage and has not yet completed a lap.
20 mins gone and the order is: 1 VET 1:17.790. 2 RAI +0.119. 3 VER +1.073 (1:18.863). 4 BOT. 5 HAM. 6 HUL. 7 OCO. 8 KVY. 9 PAL. 10 MAS.
That lap of 1:18.436 was set by Rubens Barrichello in a Ferrari in 1st Qualifying in 2004.
Max into P1 - 1:19.012. Granted, it is only the second time of the morning, but it's still just 0.6 off the fastest ever lap of this circuit.
Max on track now. On supersofts.
The pit lane is open. FP3 is underway. Let's see how everybody's final prep goes and what kind of grid we might see this afternoon.
We always get high track temps in Budapest but its exacerbated these days by the fact that the track was surfaced last year. It's smoother than before but also really black, which means it heats up quickly.
Well, after a few uncharacteristically mixed and often cool days, we're into proper Hungarian GP weather now – 25˚C in the air and a whopping 44˚C on the track.
So, what's happening weatherise?
Max finished FP2 in P6.
It was a less comfortable day for Max, who initially struggled with the balance of the car, but eventually the Dutchman "changed quite a lot of things on the car and by the end of the second practice it was actually feeling quite OK
"Being top of the timesheets is always nice but we were able to replicate that pace in the long runs which gives me confidence looking ahead to the rest of the weekend and achieving a solid result in Qualifying tomorrow."
That led the Aussie to say: "I definitely feel like we have found some grip in various areas and taken a step in the right direction." And also:
In FP1 he took P1 two tenths ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and in FP2 he was just under that mark clear of Sebastian Vettel.
That's partly the story for us too. Add a car upgrade to the package and Daniel did us proud yesterday by acing both practice sessions.
Could be a good birthday for the two-time champ today too. He was 8th fastest yesterday afternoon and McLaren Honda look more competitive on this tight circuit.
2. It's Fernando Alonso's 36th birthday today, so feliz cumpleaños to him.
First up the news: 1 Renault's Nico Hulneberg, who was seventh quickest in FP2 yesterday, is set to take a gearbox penalty for the race tomorrow.
We're about 10 minutes away from the start of FP3, which gives us time for bring you some weather news and a couple of news updates.
Good morning everyone and welcome to the Hungaroring for live coverage of final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
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That's it from us here at Silverstone then. We'll be back in a couple of weeks when we'll be at the Hungaroring, just outside Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Superb fourth place for Max and a welcome return to the points.
It's been a rough few races for the Dutchman but today he put in a superb shift. Battling with Vettel through the opening phase, consolidating position, bringing it home.
Awesome stuff from Daniel but that's not to take anything away from Max.
Pretty simple: Daniel Ricciardo. P19 on the grid to P5 at the end. A battling, aggressive, calculated and brilliant drive from the Honey Badger.
Right, all that remains for us to do here is hand out our man-of-the-match award. Who are we going to choose?
1. HAM. 2 BOT. 3 RAI. 4 VER. 5 RIC. 6 HUL. 7 VET. 8 OCO. 9 PER. 10 MAS.
Incredible end to the race. GP tells Max that the team was concerned that what happened to VET might have happened to the Dutchman.
What an amazing finish.
Daniel has passed HUL too. It's fourth for Max Verstappen and fifth for Daniel Ricciardo!!
VET has dropped to P7.
HAM takes his fifth British GP win!
Max is now up to P4. Daniel is going to pass him too. VET pits.
Front left for VET as well.
This is amazing.
VET now has suffered a puncture!!!
Max pits too. He wanted to stay out.
RAI has pitted.
RAI has a puncture!!!
HUL is reporting a problem and Daniel is now a second a lap quicker than the German.
Daniel now 2.2s behind HUL. Simon tells his driver that he will catch the Renault with two laps to go.
BOT now 5s behind RAI.
Daniel is 3.4s behind HUL now.
Max closing in by half a second a lap. Five laps to go.
GP has informed VER on the radio that VET is struggling on his front tyres and told him to stay in the hunt.
BOT has passed VET for P3. Fresher tyres, bit more pace.
BOT makes a move. VET defends hard, locks up massively. Holds third. It looks like a temporary defence though. BOT has the pace.
BOT now just half a second behind VET now.
Max is reporting that his tyres are suffering badly. He has a free stop over HUL, so he could pit and change and still hold P5.
Max's lonely road goes on. P5, 10s behind BOT and 35s clear of HUL.
Daniel just 8s behind HUL now.
1 HAM. 2 RAI. 3 VET. 4 BOT. 5 VER. 6 HUL. 7 RIC. 8 OCO. 9 PER. 10 MAS.
Awesome! Daniel on new softs blasts past MAG on starting supersofts into Copse! P7, next target HUL, 10s up the road.
14 laps to go.
Boom! Daniel passes OCO into Stowe. P8.
Daniel passes PER at Brooklands on lap 35. P9 for the Honey Badger. Next target OCO.
Daniel pits - 33 laps on that opening set of supersofts. He emerges in P10 just behind PER. Game on!
BOT pits, takes on supersofts in 2.1s and her emerges behind RAI and VET. P4 for the Mercedes man.
Max lonely in P5 now - 7.8 behind VET and 22s ahead of Daniel.
BOT is about 14s ahead of VET. That's not enough for the Finn to pit and hold P2.
27 laps on starting supersofts for Daniel.
1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 RAI. 4 VET. 5 VER. 6 RIC. 7 HUL. 8 MAG. 9 OCO. 10 PER.
Daniel is up to P6 now bit he hasn't pitted yet. His times are good, the tyres are holding up so he's staying out to see what more ground he can make up.
Softs on, 2.3s. HAM emerges in the lead, just ahead of BOT.
2.5s to get softs on RAI and he rejoins in P3 behind HAM, BOT (not stops) and ahead of VET and Max both of whom have made a pit stop.
Max currently in P5 as RAI pits.
BOT is P3 at the moment, he'll obviously go longer
on those starting softs.
Daniel has passed VAN. He's now up to P8.
VET flying in P4 behind HAM, RAI and BOT (no stops) but the German is 16s off the lead.
Daniel is up to P9 and chasing VAN as OCO has made a pit stop.
Great defence by Max but the undercut worked for Ferrari there.
Max pits. 3.4s for softs. VET comes flying past as Max exits the pit lane.
Daniel passes MAS. Up to P10 now. On a roll!
Let's see if the undercut works.
VET on softs now. 2.9s stop.
VET has pitted.
Daniel is just half a second behind P10 man MAS.
1 HAM. 2 RAI +3.8s. 3 VER. 4 VET. 5 BOT. 6 HUL. 7 OCO. 8 PER. 9 VAN. 10 MAS. 11 RIC.
Daniel has passed GRO to take P11.
All of this is allowing BOT to close in.
It's a titanic battle as VET tries again and Max makes his car as wide as possible to hold third.
Max holds on and accuses VET of wanting to "play bumper cars".
Massive battle between VET and Max. Vettel tries to go down the inside into Stowe, Max holds his line, they both slide marginally off track...
Daniel blasts past STR at Brooklands. Sweet move, P12.
Daniel has passed ALO for P13.
HAM now 2.6s ahead of RAI. VER is 5.9s further back. VET just 0.8s behind the Red Bull.
Daniel is pressuring ALO for P13. He's six tenths behind the McLaren.
Daniel is working his way through the pack again. Up to P14 now.
So BOT has passed Vandoorne, Perez, Oco and Hulkenberg and he's now chasing down Vettel.
VET is pressuring Max now. BOT is now up to P5.
All the good work undone - he's back to P18.
But wait! Daniel has gone off! At Woodcote. He was trying to go the long way round a Haas and just ran out of space.
Daniel, though, is steaming through. He's up to 12 after the restart!
HAM has held his lead on the re-start ahead of RAI, VER and VET.
We're racing again.
6 OCO. 7 BOT. 8 PER. 9 VAN. 10 MAS. 11 GRO. 12 STR. 13 MAG. 14 RIC. 15 ERI. 16 ALO. 17 WEH. 18 KVY. Out are PAL and SAI.
The order at the top under the SC: 1 HAM. 2 RAI. 3 VER. 4 VET. 5 HUL.
In all of that Daniel has risen from P19 to P14. Great first lap from the Aussie.
The SC has been deployed.
SAI has gone off. KVY went off track and coming back on he collided with his team-mate. Not good.
We're away. HAM holds his lead but Max has got past VET in the first few corners. He's up to P3!
We have an extra formation lap.
Not sure we'll have a start here given where PAL's car is.
He's told to put the car in neutral and stop the car. He was set to start in P11.
PAL on the radio saying his brake by wire has failed and his pedal has gone long. He can't catch a brake.
We're almost ready to go here at the British Grand Prix, our second home race in a row.
Formation lap underway.
So Max obviously on supersofts as part of the top 10. Daniel though opts for supersofts. BOT set his best Q2 time on softs so he starts on those.
Tyre news: Bulk of the grid will start on supersofts. However, starting on softs are: BOT, MAS, STR, MAG, ERI and WEH.
We're just 2
minutes away from the formation lap now.
And from 16-20: 16 MAG. 17 WEH. 18 ERI. 19 RIC. 20 ALO.
From 11-15: 11 PAL. 12 KVY. 13 SAI. 14 MAS. 15 STR.
From 1-10 we have: 1 HAM. 2 RAI. 3 VET. 4 VER. 5 HUL. 6 PER. 7 OCO. 8 VAN. 9 BOT. 10 GRO.
All a bit confusing? Then let's take a look at the grid.
That boosts Max to the back of the second row for today's start.
There was also a gearbox penalty for Valtteri Bottas so he drops to ninth place from his P4 in Quali.
We've taken the opportunity to change some bits on the PU and that's handed Daniel another 10-place penalty but he holds P19 on the grid.
However, due to a swathe of penalties for Fernando Alonso (30 places), Daniel was set to start in P19.
After quali he ended up in P20.
It's been a pretty busy period for us since Quali yesterday with number of PU elements being changed on Daniel's car after that turbo issue in Q1 yesterday.
We're around 12 minutes away from the formation lap.
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And how much fun Daniel can have from P20. Not a great day for him today but so much overtaking to do tomorrow and that's what he's happiest doing!
That's our lot from qualifying, we'll be back tomorrow for the race when we'll see what Max can do from P5 on the grid...
The top 10: 1 HAM. 2 RAI. 3 VET. 4 BOT. 5 VER. 6 HUL. 7 PER. 8 OCO. 9 VAN. 10 GRO.
And Max Verstappen qualifies in P5 for the British Grand Prix. 1:28.130 for the Dutchman, seven tenths clear of P6 man HUL.
Massive lap from HAM - 12:26.600. Pole position, 0.547s ahead of RAI who steals P2 ahead of VET, whose final lap was scrappy. BOT is P4.
Chequered flag. Times to come though...
If anyone can it may be the stewards. HAM is under investigation for possibly impeding GRO.
Here we go then, final runs. Can anyone stop HAM landing his fifth Silverstone pole position?
The order before the final runs: 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 BOT. 4 RAI. 5 VER. 6 HUL. 7 PER. 8. OCO. 9 GRO. 10 VAN.
P5 for Max. 1:28.301. That's over six tenths clear of sixth-placed HUL.
HAM sets the early benchmark with a first-run time of 1:27.231. VET is in P2 with a time of 1:27.430. BOT is P3 ahead of RAI. Max ending his first flyer now.
Eliminated after Q2 are: 11 PAL. 12 KVY. 13 ALO. 14 SAI. 15 MAS.
1 HAM 1:27.893. 2 BOT. 3 VET. 4 RAI. 5 HUL. 6 VER. 7 OCO. 8 PER. 9 GRO. 10 VAN.
That's it! Max is through to Q3 in P6. That time of 1:29.431 was his best of the segment.
Max currently in P4 with as time of 1:29.431.
Chequered flag, but plenty of times yet to come.
RAI takes P1 with 1 minute to go, but VET goes quicker. 1:28.978 for the German.
Max is out on track again for his final run off this segment.
Three mins to go and in the drop zone at the moment are: 11 PER. 12 GRO. 13 PAL. 14 MAS. 15 SAI.
HAM in P1 now 1:29.097. Max has improved too. He's in P5 with a time of 1:30.252.
Hard to know what the best strategy is - wait it out and let the conditions improve more or keep pounding around in case the heavens open again.
There are 10 mins left in the session.
HUL moves to P1 1:31.085.
The conditions are getting better and better. RAI is now in P1 with a time of 1:31.145. Chunk of time being chewed out now.
Max takes P1 early in Q2 with a time of 1:33.917. But he's ousted soon after by GRO, 1:32.172.
Max straight into the action and this time he's on supersofts.
Q2 is underway.
Q2 will start at 13:30 local.
Through to Q2: 1 ALO 1:37.598. 2 VER 1:38.912. 3 HAM. 4 HUL. 5 BOT. 6 OCO. 7 VET. 8 VAN. 9 RAI. 10 SAI. 11 PAL. 12 KVY. 13 MAS. 14 PER. 15 GRO.
Eliminated after Q1 are: 16 STR. 17 MAG. 18 WEH. 19. ERI. 20. RIC.
Max is through to Q2 in P2 with a time of 1:38.912.
Daniel though is out and in P20. So disappointing.
And lo and behold he track has improved to the degree that he jumps from 20th to P1 with his one and only flying lap of Q1!!
But he scraped through to get the chance of a flyer.
Amazing! ALO was so tight on time to make it across the line before the chequered flag.
ALO on track now.
Max still in P1. Daniel has dropped to P13.
ALO has yet to set a time.
In the drop zone with 1 minute to go: 16 VAN. 17 STR. 18 WEH. 19 PAL. 20 ALO.
3 mins to go. Max takes P1 with his next flyer! 1:38.912. Looks like the track is improving quickly now.
Max meanwhile is on track and is currently in P9 with a time of 1:43.166.
PER, BOT, and OCO also improve and Daniel is now in P5.
6 mins to go. HAM takes P1 from Daniel. The time is 1:41.296.
At least in some areas of the track.
We're up and running again, but it looks like the weather has worsened.
The session will re-start in 2 mins.
His RB13 is being moved away from the track edge by marshals, but with the red flags displayed all cars have to return to the pit lane.
Daniel is talking about maybe having a turbo issue.
It's at Luffied, Turn 8. He's out of the car and we have a red flag.
Daniel's stopped on the side of the track!
But Max is dislodged by HUL.
Daniel takes P1 with a time of 1:42.966. Max in P2 with 1:43.166.
As you might expect it's inters all the way at the moment.
Cars stream out pit lane onto the circuit. Everyone's looking for a banker in case the conditions worsen. Max and Daniel are among them.
Q1 is underway.
Valtteri Bottes will also suffer the same penalty.
Remember also that whatever position Daniel qualifies in today he will start five positions further back on the grid due to a penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
Where are we at for this session? Daniel finished FP3 in P6, but Max was in P8 as he did not manage to get a supersoft quali sim in before rain fell.
That 90% looks like becoming 100%. There's rain falling here and the umbrellas are up in the grandstands.
10 mins to go now before the start of Q1.
It's still cold, grey and overcast and, wait for it... we have a 90% chance of rain for this session.
Welcome back to Silverstone for live coverage of Qualifying.
That's it from us at the RS for the moment. We'll be back in a couple of hours with live coverage of Quali. Join us then.
HAM is quickest 1:28.063 with VET in P2 0.032 behind. BOT is P3, with RAI in P4. P5 goes to HUL. RIC is P6, GRO is P7, Max is P8. MAS in P9, VER in P10.
That's it then. FP3 done and Daniel finishes in P6 with a supersoft time of 1:29.612. Max finishes in P8 with a time of 1:29.904 set on softs.
ERI has a spin too and goes off track in Turn 17.
Treacherous out there.
On the exit of the final corner he caught a bit too much kerb. They're slick with rain and it sent him into a spin. No damage luckily and he's on his way again.
Daniel has had a spin!
Daniel trying out the conditions too.
Max is on inters.
Max on track now.
VAN has a look, tiptoes around and comes back to the pits.
VAN takes to the track on intermediate tyres,
From 11-20: 11 ALO. 12 OCO. 13 MAG. 14 PAL. 15 PER. 16 KVY. 17 SAI. 18 WEH. 19 ERI. 20 STR.
All of the top 10 times with the exception of Max's were set on supersofts.
The Top 10 with 13 mins to go: 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 BOT. 4 RAI. 5 HUL. 6 RIC. 7 GRO. 8 VER. 9 MAS. 10 VAN.
The Red Bulls are currently in P6 (Daniel - 1:29.612, supersoft) and P8 (Max - 1:29.904, soft).
VET just three hundredths behind, with BOT in P3.
HAM's 1:28.063 is still the benchmark with 15 mins to go and that's not like to change now.
And there we go. He's back to the pits now. The rain is coming down now.
He's already had a little off in Turn 7.
Can't imagine he will be for long though.
Max on track now, but it seems there is drizzle in some parts of the track. Max is on supersofts.
Umbrellas up here at Silverstone. A few at least.
Daniel has headed back to the garage.
Daniel is chipping away at his lap time - down to 1:29.612 now but he's still in P6.
Looking at a team monitor, it seems rain is expect in the next few minutes.
Daniel, on supersofts, improves to 1:29.644. He moves past Max but stays P6 as HUL has taken P5.
1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 BOT. 4 RAI. 5. VER. 6 RIC. Top four on supersofts. Daniel on track now.
VET chases him. P2 – 1:28.095, +0.032.
HAM has switched to supersets and makes the expected advance - 1:28.063. Thats 1.2s quicker than his 2016 pole time.
20 mins in: 1 HAM 1:28.747. 2 BOT 1:28.827. 3 VET 1:29.259. 4 RAI 1:29.395. 5 VER 1:29.904. 6 RIC 1:29.922. 7 OCO. 8 VAN. 9 PER. 10 ALO.
Max and Daniel both in the garage now.
Daniel's first time is in 1:29.922. He's currently in P6. Max has improved to 1:29.904.
So Mercedes on softs at the moment, Ferrari on supersets and the Red Bulls on softs.
Everyone else yet to set a time.
The order: 1 BOT 1:28.827. 2 HAM. 3 VET. 4 RAI. 5 VER. 6 SAI. 7 ERI. 8 WEH. 9. OCO.
Max's time set on soft tyres.
Max into P5 with his first time of the morning - 1:30.098. Daniel on track now.
Max is on track now for his first taste of the conditions.
BOT, who is also set for a 5-place gearbox-related grid drop tomorrow, takes P1 –
VET into P2 on supersets 1:30.191. A scrappy lap from the German especially in the final sector.
HAM, on soft tyres, takes P1 with a time of 1:29.544.
Daniel back in the garage now.
And we have Daniel out on the medium tyre for his first look.
FP3 is go.
At Silverstone, though, there's so much energy going through the tyres in those high-speed corners that getting heat into the tyres over the long lap isn't usually an issue.
The track temp is a good 12-14˚C cooler than it was yesterday afternoon so that's likely to affect things.
So if it's dry at the start expect to see a lot of early activity.
As mentioned, it's grey, cool and overcast here with 15˚C in the air and 20˚C on track. There's also a reported 80% chance of rain for this session.
That is, of course, if the weather holds.
And the times are likely to fall again today.
We've already broken past last year's pole time with Valtteri Bottas setting an FP2 P1 of 1:28.496 and pole in 2016 being 1:29.287.
All week Daniel's been like a kid in a candystore, with the candy being the circuit's high-speed corners and the prospect of taking them on in 2017-spec cars.
But that could be a product of getting set for another blast around Silverstone.
He looks chipper enough in the car at the moment though.
The big (and bad) news is that Daniel has had to have an unscheduled gearbox change, so he's going to take a five-place grid hit tomorrow.
We're about nine minutes away from the start of FP3 here.
Anyway it wouldn't be a proper British Grand Prix unless we could have a good moan about the weather.
But that qualifies as sunny here, right?
We say sunny but what we really mean is cold, grey and overcast.
Good morning and welcome to sunny Silverstone for live coverage of final practice for the British Grand Prix.
Stependous stuff from the Aussie and you can tell he enjoyed it. He's massively pumped up and almost vaults out of the car in parc ferme.
We're not even going to wait to award our Don't Crack Under Pressure award. It goes to Daniel for that awesome defence.
Not quite sure what Daniel was saying on the radio. I think it sounded a bit like: "yeahahahaharrrrrrrghhwwoooooooooooahhhhh!"
Get in. A superb defence.
And Daniel holds off HAM! That's 3rd place for the Honey Badger!
It's knife edge stuff.
Simon tells Daniel to "get your elbows out, this is for the podium".
But Daniel fends off the assault.
HAM is attacking!
BOT is now 1.3 clear of VET. Daniel is still 1.1 ahead of HAM.
5 laps to go - Daniel is 1.3s ahead of HAM.
1 BOT. 2 VET +2.3. 3 RIC +6.3 to VET. 4 HAM +1.4 to RIC. 5 RAI +12.7 to HAM. 6 GRO. 7 PER. 8 OCO. 9 MAS. 10 STR.
Simon Rennie is on the radio to Daniel: "Let's get through this traffic and then stretch your legs again," he says.
Daniel just 2.3s clear of HAM now.
Nothing between Daniel and HAM - 1:07.730 for Dan on the last lap and HAM just five hundredths of that. We're on lap 58 of 71.
Daniel responds - 1:07.983. HAM pushes hard - 1:07.840. 3.0s now the gap.
HAM has closed on Daniel by a large margin. Traffic for the Honey Badger?
RAI puts in the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:07.680.
1 BOT. 2 VET +3.2. 3 RIC +7.2 to VET. 4 HAM +3.2 to RIC. 5 RAI + 6.7 to HAM.
VET's race engineer Ricardo Adami has just informed his driver that there might be rain towards the end of the race.
Daniel rattling out the PBs - 1:080.36 last time out. That keeps HAM at 4.5s distant.
MAS finally pits. The last of the top 10 to do so. He rejoins in P9.
1 BOT. 2 VET +4.3. 3 RIC +4.1 to VET. 4 HAM +4.0 to RIC. 5 RAI +8.9 to HAM. 6 MAS no stop. 7 GRO. 8 PER. 9 OCO. 10 STR.
Meanwhile, SAI has been told to box as the team needs to retire his Toro Rosso. Shame.
RAI has been passed by BOT and that's the cue for RAI to pit for supersofts. He rejoins in P5 behind HAM.
Looks like BOT had a slightly slow stop. Front right not clean on.
HAM is complaining that he has too much front wing on. He's not happy with the balance.
Kimi Raikkonen leads the Austrian GP, but he has yet to pit.
BOT pits from the lead. Supersofts on.
Daniel puts in a PB - 1:08.359, couple of tenths up on HAM.
Daniel's last lap was a 1:08.583 and HAM a 1:08.530.
L39. 1 BOT. 2 RAI +19.8. 3 VET +6.2 to RAI. 4 RIC + 4.6s to VET. 5 HAM +4.1 to RIC.
The order at the moment is: 1 BOT no stop. 2 RAI no stop. 3 VET one stop. 4 RIC one stop. 5 HAM one stop.
Supersofts for both RIC and VET.
VET now pits.
Ultrasofts on for HAM. He pitted from P5 and stays there
MAG has hit problems. He can't shift gear and his power steering has gone. He's headed to the pits
1 BOT. 2 VET +7.5. 3 RIC +4.5 to VET. 4 RAI. +6.4 to RIC. 5 HAM +1.0 to RAI. 6 GRO. 7 PER. 8 OCO. 9 MAS. 10 STR.
No further action on the BOT start. He just reacted supremely well.
RAI holding HAM at bay at the moment... and successfully backing the Mercedes driver up a bit.
HAM swarming all over the back of RAI's Ferrari now.
Daniel now 9.0s off the lead, stable at 3.6s behind VET and 6.6s clear of RAI.
HAM now just 1.2s behind RAI.
HAM is in P5 at the moment 2.6s behind RAI. However, he's complaining that his rear supersoft tyres are taking a beating.
HUL pits for Soft tyres.
1 BOT. 2 VET +4.7. 3 RIC +3.2 TO VET. 4 RAI. 5 HAM. 6 GRO. 7 PER. 8 OCO. 9 MAS. 10 STR.
KVY has been handed a drive-through penalty for causing that Turn 1 collision. BOT meanwhile may have made a jump start. The stewards are looking the incident.
Both Williams cars in the points. MAS in P9 from P17 on the grid and STR in P10 from P18.
1 BOT. 2 VET. 3 RIC. 4 RAI. 5 GRO. 6 PER. 7 HAM. 8 OCO. 9 MAS. 10 STR.
RAI has also passed GRO for P4.
Also.... BOT is under investigation for a possible jump start.
Max didn't lose a front wing after all but he has stopped. Waiting for developments.
KVY braked too late and clattered into ALO who hit Max.
Looks like Max got a bad start and dropped back all the way to where KVY and ALO.
The order: 1 BOT. 2 VET. 3 RIC. 4 GRO. 5 RAI. 6 PER. 7 HAM. 8 OCO. 9 SAI. 10 MAS.
KVY and ALO in the pits. Looks like they collided.
Max is cruising back to the pits. He's lost his front wing.
RAI has dropped to P5.
Daniel is up to third. He passes RAI in Turn 3.
And we're off and away. Max has been hit!
The formation lap is underway.
Tyre news: HAM, STR, MAG, HUL, WEH are on supersofts. MAS and PAL start on softs. Everyone else will start on ultrasofts.
And from 16 back we have: 16 PAL. 17 MAS. 18 STR. 19 ERI. WEH will start from the pit lane after an engine change.
From 11 to 15 we have: 11 HUL. 12 ALO. 13 VAN. 14 KVY. 15 MAG.
From 1 to 10 we have: 1 BOT. 2 VET. 3 RAI. 4 RIC. 5 VER. 6 GRO. 7 PER. 8 HAM. 9 OCO. 10 SAI. HAM drops from P3 to P8 due to a gearbox change.
There has, of course, been some movement overnight.
Let's look at the grid.
The air temperature is currently 28 and the track temp is 44.
We had blazing sunshine this morning but in the last couple of hours the clouds have gathered over the circuit and while it's still sunny and hot, it is looking more changeable.
Most interesting news is that we have a 60% chance of rain for the race.
Hello and welcome back to the Red Bull Ring where we are 15 minutes or so away from the start of the Austrian Grand Prix.
That's our lot here from Qualifying at the Red Bull Ring. Join us again for the race tomorrow.
Still a solid quali from the Red Bulls.
I think he'll feel he had the chance to rise up the order and may have lost concentration momentarily after GRO stopped.
Max had an off there at the end of that session, losing control in Turn 8.
HAM will drop five places so Daniel is set to start in P4 and Max in P5.
BOT takes his second career pole position ahead of VET, HAM, RAI, RIC, VER, GRO, PER, OCO and SAI.
GRO has stopped on track! That's it, yellows out.
Just him and OCO on track at the moment.
Daniel on track for his final run.
4 mins to go.
Max marginally improves to 1:04.983. Still P6.
Big slide for Max but he's recovered. He's pushing hard.
1 BOT 1:04.251 2 VET 1:04.293. 3 HAM 1:04.424. 4 RAI 1:04.779. 5 RIC 1:04.896. 6 VER 1:05.110.
Daniel improves with a time of 1:04.896. Still P5. Max was back in the garage briefly but is out again now.
Daniel drops to P5 as RAI sets a time of 1:04.779.
Daniel takes P4 with an opening time of 1:04.997. Max is P6 at the moment with a time of 1:05.110. Not quite a quick as his Q2 best.
BOT immediately in control again wth an opener of 1:04.251. VET into P2 four hundredths behind and HAM is P3.
Q3 begins! Max is the first on track, immediately followed by Daniel.
Through to Q3: 1 BOT 1:04.316. 2 VET 1:04.772. 3 HAM 1:04.800. 4 VER 1:04.948. 5 RAI 1:05.004. 6 RIC 1:05.161. 7 GRO. 8 PER. 9 SAI. 10 OCO.
Out though go: 11 HUL. 12 ALO. 13 VAN. 14 KVY. 15 MAG.
Daniel improves - 1:05.161. That puts him into P6 and he's comfortably through.
Max currently P4 and in the garage. Daniel P7 and on track still.
Chequered flag. Plenty of time to come in though...
Three mins remaining in Q2.
1 BOT 1:04.640. 2 HAM 1:04.800. 3 VET 1:04.823. 4 VER 1:04.948. 5 RAI. 6 GRO. 7 RIC 1:05.355. 8 PER. 9 SAI. 10 ALO.
Daniel improves to 1:05.355 but he stays in P7.
Max take P4 with a time of 1:04.948. Daniel is P7 with a time of 1:05.449.
That's 1.5s quicker than HAM's old fastest ever lap of the track, set in Q2 last year.
BOT goes even quicker - 1:04.640.
HAM posts a lap of 1:04.800.
VET joins them.
Q2 underway. Sticking to their time-honoured strategy, both Mercedes are out on track straight away.
Those through to Q2: 1 HAM 1:05.064. 2 RAI. 3 VET. 4 SAI. 5 BOT. 6 VER. 7 RIC. 8 GRO. 9 PER. 10 KVY. 11 OCO. 12 MAG. 13 ALO. 14 HUL. 15 VAN.
Max through in P6 1:05.779. Daniel through in P7 1:05.854.
From 16 back out go: 16 PAL. 17 MAS. 18 STR. 19 ERI. 20 WEH.
At the end of Q1 it's a bit of a disaster for Williams with both MAS and STR eliminated!
BOT too set his PB in Q1 on supersofts. He's comfy in P5 ahead of Max.
RAI pops in a good one too to take P2. After setting his opening time on supersofts he's moved to ultras now. VET still sitting on his sufersoft time in P3 now.
SAI jumps to P3! 1:05.675. That's a pretty great lap from the Toro driver.
Four mins remaining. In the drop zone at the moment are: 16 SAI. 17 PAL. 18 STR. 19 WEH. 20 ERI.
BOT has taken P3 from Max - 1:05.760. That's just under two hundredths quicker than Max.
Eight mins to go the order is: 1 HAM 1:05.238. 2 VET 1:05.585. 3 VER 1:05.779. 4 RIC 1:05.854. 5 PER. 6 BOT. 7 OCO. 8 MAG. 9 ALO. 10 RAI.
Max now moves to P3 - 1:05.7709. Daniel is in P4 1:05.854.
MAG has had a suspension failure! He's limping back to the pits.
VET's P1 time of 1:05.585 was set on supersofts tyres as was RAI's P5 time.
Max is in P6 at the moment with a time of 1:06.258.
But he's quickly usurped by VET - 1:05.585.
Daniel takes P1 on ultrasofts 1:06.066.
MAG is setting the early pace here. He finished in P7 in FP3 and is in P1 in Q1 with a time of 1:06.143.
Mac and Daniel on track now.
So Max and Daniel were P5 and P6 respectively in FP3. What can they manage this hour? Remember that HAM is set to take a five-place penalty.
Q1 is go.
Three mins to go here until Q1. The track temperature is a toasty 45˚C and the air temp is 29˚C.
Welcome back to the Red Bull Ring, where we're live for qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Until then, it's over and out from the RS.
So P5 and P6 for the Red Bulls. Solid stuff so far. Join us again in a couple of hours when we'll be back from qualifying.
From 11 back: 11 OCO. 12 HUL. 13 VAN. 14 PAL. 15 ALO. 16 STR. 17 MAS. 18 PER. 19 ERI. 20 WEH.
1. VET 1:05.092. 2 HAM 1:05.361. 3 BOT 1:05.515. 4 RAI 1:05.611. 5 VER 1:05.784. 6 RIC 1:05.896. 7 MAG 1:05.936. 8 GRO 1:06.015. 9 KVY 1:06.279. 10 SAI 1:06.284.
So as clutch of car stop on the grid to make practice starts we have a final FP3 order...
But despite not being too happy Max jumps ahead of his team-mate. P5 for the Dutchman - 1:05.784.
Daniel meanwhile has taken P5 and is into 1m05s territory. 1:05.896 for the Honey Badger.
Max is on the radio and doesn't seem happy with how his car is handling - "locking front, understeer, a lot more," he says.
Just six cars in the pits now. Busy on track and given the shortness of the layout it will be hard to get a clean lap with all the traffic.
Three mins to go.
Daniel and Max on track now.
He's in the pits now and judging by the look of the brake assembly on the front right as the wheel is removed it looks like that was the problem.
Looks like he didn't get out of second gear on the limp back to the pits.
Well that was odd. On the run to Turn 3 his car seemed to just lock hard all of a sudden. A load of brake dust and he skids into the escape road.
Big moment for HAM. He's gone off at Turn 3. He's running pretty slowly back to the pits.
11 PAL. 12. ALO. 13 MAG. 14 OCO. 15 GRO. 16. PER. 17 MAS. 18 STR. 19 ERI. 20 WEH.
The order with 10 mins to go: 1 VET. 2 HAM. 3 BOT. 4 RAI. 5 VER 1:06.015. 6 RIC 1:06.180. 7 SAI. 8 KVY. 9 HUL. 10 VAN.
But the German gets by quickly this time and takes P1. Purple across the board to record a lap of 1:05.092. He's 0.269 clear of HAM, with BOT in P3.
VET keeps coming across a slower HAM at the end of his laps...
15 mins to go.
But he's slow in S3 and doesn't improve. Looks like the time is definitely in his car though.
And again in S2 - 28.7.
VET sets a new purple S1 time of 16.6s.
Max and Daniel in the garage now.
He's just 0.023s ahead of VET.
HAM is now up to P1 – 1:05.361.
Longer runs on the ultrasoft at the moment for Max and Daniel. Max in the early 1m09s bracket at the moment. GP tells him the pace is good.
Max and Daniel on track again now.
All those time coming on ultrasoft tyres.
We're at the half way mark. The order is: 1 VET 1:05.384. 2 BOT 1:05.726. 3 HAM 1:05.929. 4 VER 1:06.015. 5 RAI 1:06.038. 6 RIC 1:06.180.
RAI has moved ahead of Daniel. He's a bit over a tenth ahead of Daniel.
BOT takes P1 - 1:05.726. But then VET bypasses everyone with a lap of 1:05.384.
HAM jumps to P1 with a time of 1:05.929. But he's complaining of a vibration with the tyres.
Max and Daniel in the garage at the moment. BOT sets the fastest S1 so far, 16.7, but then VET goes marginally quicker.
VET splits the Red Bulls. P2 with 1:06.036 on ultrasofts.
BOT on track now on ultras. His first lap puts him in P4 behind Max, Daniel and KVY. BOT +0.540 to Max.
No problems on that lap for Daniel - 1:06.180. Just 0.165s behind Max now. Max's P1 time is: 1:06.015.
Daniel's just had a bit of a lock-up into Turn 4. He's P2 though, 0.474 down on Max. Also on ultras.
And Max jumps to P1 with a lap of 1:06.387. He's on ultrasofts.
With Carlos' car out of the way, drivers take to the track once again.
He's being pushed off track but the marshals.
He's told to make a setting change and re-start, but looks like it's not happening.
His race engineer tells him to stay where he is at the moment while they look into it.
Whoops, Carlos Sainz is also on track but he's not going very far. He's stopped on track and over the radio says "engine, engine".
HAM is on track at the moment.
The big news overnight is that Lewis Hamilton has been forced into an unscheduled gearbox change and will therefore take a 5-place grid penalty for the race.
That means a single hour in which to finalise prep for this afternoon's qualifying session and to sort out your approach to the race.
Now then, we have a green light for FP3!
But we agrees the pastures are good, but the pastries are really, really good.
Funny, but spell check just corrected a mis-typing of pastures to pastries...
The mountains, the pastures, it's all ridiculously picturesque.
OK, yes, we're a little bit biased as it's one of our two home races but without doubt, this circuit is one of the most beautiful we visit all season.
Good morning and welcome to the glorious Red Bull Ring!
Join us then. RS over and out.
We'll be back in two weeks' time from our second home, The Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria.
That's it from us here in Baku, where we have to admit, we're positively drained after that race.
Why? For staying out of trouble, keeping his head down, doing the times and capitalising amid the chaos. Nice job, fella!
Tag Here Don't Crack Under Pressure Award to Daniel.
which is why, naturally, we're going to present our...
Daniel a little nonplussed perhaps to taken that win but that's what it's all about...
Looks like Pierre Wache, our Chief Engineer of Performance Engineering, is going up on the podium with Daniel.
Amazing race, amazing result.
He's also the youngest driver to score a podium in a rookie season at 18 years and 239 days.
Stroll meanwhile is the first Canadian to feature on the podium, we believe, since Jacques Villeneuve in 2001 in Germany.
And all Daniel can do is giggle!
Its the team's 53rd grand prix victory.
His first since Malaysia 2016.
That's Daniel's 5th career win.
But your winner is.... DANIEL RICCIARDO!
STR is third ahead of VET and HAM. OCO is P6 ahead of MAG, SAI, ALO and WEH.
BOT gets STR across the line!!
Daniel Ricciardo wins the Azerbaijan Grand Prix!!!
HAM is inside DRS range of VET.
2 laps to go! Daniel 2.3 ahead of STR and 7.5s ahead of BOT. BOT is just 2.2 off STR now.
3 laps to go. Daniel in P1. 6.1 clear of STR. 9.4 to BOT. VET is P4 2.6 behind BOT. HAM in P5, 1.3 to VET.
BOT now 4.4 behind STR. 4 laps left.
HAM is asking Mercedes to back up BOT up into VET if he's not engaged in a fight. But he's told that BOT is chasing STR.
5 laps to go. Daniel is now 11.7s ahead of BOT. 6 ahead of STR.
Daniel is now 14.5s ahead of BOT. 8 laps to go.
1 RIC. 2 STR. 3 BOT. 4 VET. 5 HAM. 6 OCO. 7 MAG. 8 SAI. 9 ALO. 10 WEH.
VET has passed OCO and now HAM does the same.
PER has retired.
1:45.397 for Daniel on lap 41. 1:44.612 for BOT. That's good pace from Daniel. 16.4 the gap.
Daniel in clearer air now. 1:45.308 on lap 40. The gap is now 17.2 with 10 laps remaining.
BOT now the fastest man on track - 1:44.933 the last lap. Daniel's last lap 1:48.824. The gabs is down to 18s.
BOT in P4 is 20.0 behind Daniel. 12 laps to go.
OCO and a resurgent BOT pass MAG.
Daniel currently 4.6s ahead of STR and 18s ahead of MAG.
VET passes ALO to ake P5. VET is 21.4 behind Daniel at the moment. HAM also passes ALO.
1 RIC. 2 STR. 3 MAG. 4 OCO. 5 ALO. 6 BOT. 7 VET. 8 HAM. 9 SAI. 10 GRO.
VET rejoins in P7, just ahead of HAM.
Daniel Ricciardo leads the Azerbaijan Grand Prix!
Meanwhile VET has been handed a 10-second stop and go penalty!
HAM told to pit because a loose head restraint. He pits and drops to P8.
1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 RIC. 4 STR. 5 MAG. 6 ALO. 7 SAI. 8 OCO. 9 BOT. 10 GRO.
MAS pits. He retires with a broken damper.
HUL has damage! Front right hanging off. He's stopped at Turn 8.
MAS clearly has a car problem. It's three abreast as he's passed by MAG and HUL.
MAS definitely had a problem and STR went past him, but as MAS tried to hold station, Daniel went past the Brazilian down the inside and held it together under braking to pass STR.
Daniel has passed STR and MAS!! Awesome move from the Honey Badger! He's into P3.
MAS thinks he has a car issue!
SC in this lap.
Here we go then. RAI and PER on track and joining the pack. The SC leaves the pit lane and the field follows.
Great repair work by both crews.
Looks like PER and RAI will rejoin the race!
5 mins until the re-start.
Just to recap. We've completed 22 laps in Baku and the order under the red flag is: 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 MAS. 4 STR. 5 RIC. 6 HUL. 7 MAG. 8 ALO. 9 SAI. 10 GRO.
The race will resume at 18.15 local.
The incident between VET and HAM is under investigation.
Also in all that mess VET and HAM collided as HAM backed the field up under the SC it seems.
Daniel has really profited from that mess. He's now up to P5, behind the two Williams cars of MAS in P3 and STR in P4.
So that's both Force Indias out and RAI out.
Spoke too soon - looks like they're trying to get both going again.
Looks like it's over for both.
OCO has a right rear puncture, as does RAI.
It's all go here!
RAI has suffered a puncture from the debris.
PER and OCO clashed as MAS pressured VET.
Everybody is attacking VET! MAS gets past PER and tries to pass VET. VET holds his line again and keeps P2.
Daniel is now in P9 having got ahead of MAG.
Will PER line up for another shot at VET?
SC in at the end of lap 19.
HAM is complaining that the VSC should have been deployed. He's also saying the SC is too slow and that keep temperature in the tyres is too hard.
Everyone's being directed through the pits while that debris is cleared it seems.
Looks like RAI's car shed something and there are marshals on the track, so the SC has come out again.
Whoah another SC!
HAM escapes ahead.
He's got the power down the straight to pull ahead but VET protects the line and stays ahead through the first corner.
PER is attacking VET.
SC in at the end of lap 16.
1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 PER. 4 RAI. 5 MAS. 6 OCO. 7 STR. 8 HUL. 9 MAG. 10 RIC.
He's wheeled back into the garage and his race is over. Such a shame.
Max is in the pits as well. But in his case the visit is not temporary.
A flurry of stops on lap 13. HAM, VET, PER, RAI, MAS, OCO, STR all take the opportunity to change tyres.
SC deployed! Looks like it's for KVY's stranded Toro.
Replays show a puff of smoke emerging from the back of VER's car on the long straight.
STR has got past him now.
He's down to P7 and has been passed by RAI, MAS and OCO.
"Here we go again," he says.
He's not happy with the engine.
Max is dropping back!
KVY has stopped at Turn 12. Looks like his race is over too.
Daniel now just 1.3 behind SAI.
If it wasn't for bad luck the poor lad would have no luck at all.
Looks like PAL's race is run. He's headed to the pits and is being told to switch off when he arrives.
"Understood," is the response and Daniel gets his head down and sets off after SAI who is five seconds up the road. P15 for RIC at the moment.
Daniel has made a pit stop. Debris in the brake ducts has been cleared and Simon Rennie tells him he's now clear to race.
HAM now has a 2.6s lead over VET. PER is in P3 with Max 0.6 behind the Force India.
Max is a bit worried about his car and GP tells him he might have some debris lodged in the radiator duct. It's being monitored.
Re the BOT/RAI incident. From replays looks like BOT got on the kerbs on the inside in Turn 1, and skidded into RAI. BOT has had a new front wing and nose. P20 now.
The order after lap one – 1 HAM. 2 VET. 3 PER. 4 VER. 5 RAI. 6 MAS. 7 OCO. 8 STR. 9 RIC. 10 HUL.
KVY goes off track and as he rejoins SAI takes evasion action and spins.
Action-packed start! There's contact between BOT and RAI and BOT has putted for repairs.
The race is on!
Formation lap underway.
Tyres News: With the exception of VAN, GRO and ERI, who are starting on Softs, everyone else will start on supersoft tyres.
Three minutes to go now.
And VAN take a 35-place penalty for the same reason.
ALO has a 40-place penalty for sundry PU elements.
SAI drops from P12 to P15 due to a 3-place penalty for causing a collision at the last race.
FROM 11-15: 11 KVY. 12 MAG. 13 HUL. 14 WEH. 15 SAI. 16 GRO. 17 ERI. 18 VAN. 19 ALO. 20 PAL.
From 1-10: 1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 RAI. 4 VET. 5 VER. 6 PER. 7 OCO. 8 STR. 9 MAS. 10 RIC.
There's been a bit of movement - mostly due to PU penalties for McLaren.
Seven minutes to go until the start, so let's have a quick look at the grid for this afternoon's race.
But it is hot here. At least it feels very hot. The air temp is 27˚C but due to 71% humidity it feels considerably hotter. Track temp is 49˚C.
Not some something you see every day.
Actually, wait a minute, we've also just seen Kevin Magnussen being attacked with a leaf blower.
And watched Will.I.Am have his lunch, but now we're all set for the main event of the weekend - the race.
We'e just been watching Mariah Carey attempt to take over as Safety Car driver for the weekend.
Hello and welcome to the Baku Street Circuit, where we're live for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
OK, that's it from us here in Baku. We'll be back tomorrow in the RS for love coverage of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. See you then.
So the top 10 order: 1 HAM 1:40.593. 2 BOT 1:41.027. 3 RAI 1:41.963. 4 VET 1:41.841. 5 VER 1:41.879. 6 PER. 7 OCO. 8 STR. 9 MAS. 19 RIC 1:43.414.
HAM the only man below 1m41s.
But pole position goes to Lewis Hamilton with a simply blistering lap. Four tenths to the good over BOT in S2 and then a stunning 24.4s final sector for a lap of 1:40.593.
Max takes P5 with a time of 1:41.879.
Here we go then....
BOT and HAM behind Max.
Here we go... Max is first in the queue. One minute until the re-start.
But it is a long track so every chance to get some clean air.
So, with 3:33 left on the clock there will be time for another run. It's going to get crowded out there though.
That's a rare error from the Honey Badger.
Daniel clipped the wall and damaged the rear left.
Daniel lets loose a fairly long expletive. Simon says "understood".
3:33 left on the clock.
Daniel has stopped on track!
But he's managed to use the escape road and he carries on.
VET has had a spin at Turn 2!
And sure enough, BOT takes provisional P1 with a time of 1:41.274. HAM is P2 with 1:41.428. Max is P3 now and Daniel is in P6 with a time of 1:43.414.
Max into P1 with his first run - 1:42.261 - but it looks like everybody is heading for a second lap.
Here we got then. Q3 is go. The battle for pole is on.
Out at this stage are: 11 KVY. 12 SAI. 13 MAG. 14 HUL. 15 WEH.
RAI is P5 and Daniel is through in P6 in 1:42.215. Also through are P7 STR followed by PER, MAS and OCO.
VET takes P3 (1:41.911) and Max goes through with a lap of 1:41.961.
So, HAM tops Q2 with a blistering lap of 1:41.275. BOT jumps to P2 in the final laps with a time of 1:41.502.