Hartley takes on new power unit elements for British GP

Grant SmithJul 09, 2018

Hartley's vehicle suffered a left front suspension failure as he approached a corner on one of the fastest parts of the track, causing him to spin across the tarmac runoff and slam into the wall. Traveling at around 200mph at the time, Hartley was pitched into a spin with little in the way of braking ability, and the auto became momentarily airborne as the flailing left front - only attached by a wheel tether - dug into the gravel trap underneath the front of the chassis.

Hamilton, though, responded by clocking a time of 1:26.722 - the quickest of the weekend - winding up 0.093s faster than Raikkonen, as he goes in search of a fourth straight pole position at the venue.

Hamilton, victor for the past four years at Silverstone and five times in total, topped the timesheets with a lap of one minute 26.722 seconds.

When the session restarted with 30 minutes on the clock, only five drivers had set a lap time. That left the New Zealander powerless to stop his auto flying across the gravel and into the barrier.

Hartley immediately jumped out of his vehicle and went to the Silverstone medical centre for a precautionary check-up, where he was given the all-clear to continue driving.

The red flag was immediately waved on the session and there was a 14-minute delay as marshals cleared the wreckage with Hartley's auto being craned away. Hartley has been cleared for qualifying, if the mechanics can get his vehicle ready.

"He's a bit shocked, but OK", said French team mate Pierre Gasly, whose vehicle was thoroughly checked afterwards for signs of any similar problem.

Force India's Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg, and Carlos Sainz.

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