Another special Friday edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass comes to you today from the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Valtteri Bottas led both first and second practice sessions on Friday, but unfortunately for him the Mercedes driver required an unscheduled gearbox change. Like teammate Lewis Hamilton in Austria last week, it comes with a five-spot grid penalty and takes him out of pole contention in advance of qualifying.
This bit of news followed the two sessions and the team member press conference, as NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton catches up with a number of people on the Friday.
Those present today for the FIA press conference were Christian Horner (Red Bull), Vijay Mallya (Force India), and Claire Williams (Williams) in the first part, and then Cyril Abiteboul (Renault), Andy Cowell (Mercedes) and Jonathan Neale (McLaren) in the second part.
In case you missed Thursday’s edition or want to see it again, it’s linked here.