Rosberg tops FP1 at Silverstone after gearbox change


Nico Rosberg recorded the fastest time of the first free practice for the British Grand Prix on Friday morning despite missing the majority of the session due to a hydraulic leak.

Rosberg’s best lap of 1:34.274 was enough to give him P1 by less than one-tenth of a second from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who led for much of the session in front of his home fans.

Rosberg’s session was halted after a hydraulic leak emerged on his Mercedes W06 Hybrid early on, forcing the German driver to park his car up at the side of the track.

The car was returned to the pit lane for a swift gearbox change, and the Mercedes mechanics were able to get Rosberg back out before the end of the session. He was able to post some quick lap times late on, eventually enjoying an advantage of 0.070 seconds over Hamilton.

The Toro Rosso pair of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr slotted into third and fifth place respectively in FP1, suggesting that the rookie drivers may be well poised to pick up some points this weekend.

Ferrari enjoyed something of a mixed session on Friday morning as Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished fourth and sixth respectively. However, Raikkonen was forced to pit with 30 minutes remaining due to an issue on his SF15-T car.

On-car issues were by no means restricted to just Rosberg and Raikkonen, as McLaren hit trouble during practice once again. Jenson Button managed just a handful of laps late on due to an issue on his car, whilst Fernando Alonso finished just ahead of his teammate in 17th place.

Susie Wolff’s final practice run-out of the season was productive as she finished 0.8 seconds down on the time of Williams teammate Felipe Massa, leaving her 13th overall.

Reserve drivers Jolyon Palmer (Lotus) and Raffaele Marciello (Sauber) also enjoyed another outing at Silverstone on Friday, finishing 14th and 15th respectively.

Second practice for the British Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 9am ET on Friday. For more information on our broadcasts, click here.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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