F1 2017: Sebastian Vettel Tests New 'Shield' Front Protection System At Silverstone

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2017

Vettel's good fortune - in escaping a heavy sanction for his "road rage" attack in Baku and profiting from Hamilton's difficulties - has enabled him to enlarge his advantage, but without winning a race.

It was Hamilton who again set the pace from the start in Q3. Like Mercedes, Ferrari has fitted both its cars with new engines this weekend which it hopes will deliver a significant power boost.

"Obviously I have watched closely the incident that he had which I think broke everyone's heart to see that kind of thing happen", Hamilton said Friday, via ESPN.

"I think it opens room for mess in qualifying and the rules is pretty clear. It was already one of the very best circuits in the world, but with this vehicle and the speed we are able to carry through the corners, it's just phenomenal", said Hamilton.

Speaking to Reuters at the British Grand Prix, the Scot also felt Mercedes title contender and triple champion Lewis Hamilton was wrong to stay away from Wednesday's major promotional event in the capital. We started on the right foot straight from FP1 and we've built up from there.

After trying the FIA's new Shield cockpit device on his Ferrari in a brief run in the morning, Vettel abandoned the experiment complaining that it affected his vision.

Vettel, who declared that Bottas was "un-human" if he had reacted to the lights out to deliver his ideal start from pole position, appears to be enjoying a streak of good fortune.

And then it got wetter - and even wetter as the cars got back out on track.

"Lewis feels that is is such a tough championship battle that he needed the days off after Austria.but you can see him at Silverstone", Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said.

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"I always try to leave the best to last", the Briton told retired champion Jenson Button in post-qualifying interviews on the grid.

Vettel completed only three laps with the safety concept, which is now the governing body's preferred option over the "canopy" and the "halo".

As for the race, he said the auto had been quick in practice in race trim, adding: "I need to do it for these guys", gesturing at the crowd.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was best of the rest in fifth, his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo last after suffering a suspected turbo failure in the first, wet part of qualifying. "We still need to work".

It was also a day of mixed fortunes for McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

Only one other driver did the same - Force India's Esteban Ocon - and he was more than two seconds slower than Alonso.

Williams' Felipe Massa and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top ten.

"There are not many times in your life you have this kind of opportunity", the Ferrari driver said.

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