Despite being hit with a loss of hydraulic pressure during the first practice session for the British Grand Prix on Friday morning, Nico Rosberg bounced back to finish at the top of the timesheets.
The German driver produced a fine lap in the closing stages of FP1 to edge out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for first place as we prepare for another intra-team scrap at Silverstone this weekend.
Rosberg enters the race with plenty of momentum after winning three of the past four grands prix, yet it is Hamilton who may hold the psychological advantage as a bumper crowd of 140,000 fans cheers him on at his home race.
Both drivers will be hoping to get in some more running during the second practice session, which kicks off later today at Silverstone.
In a rather patchy FP1 session that saw a number of drivers suffer problems, Mercedes sent out a warning shot to the rest of the field by comfortably finishing in the top two positions once again.
With the likes of Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull all hoping to make strides forwards this weekend, though, the battle to complete the podium at Silverstone is set to rage on across all three days of running.
FP2 should see most of the teams complete both a qualifying simulation and some high-fuel race runs, which should provide a clearer picture of the pecking order heading into the rest of the weekend.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.