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- First practice under way – on 5 live sports extra at top of page
- Grosjean & Magnussen re-sign for Haas
- Second practice at 13:00
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The yellow softs, purple ultrasofts and pink hypersofts are our options.
Daniel Ricciardo, on the pinks, is quickest after 25 minutes with a 1:36.600, with Valtteri Bottas, donning the purple boots, second with a 1:36.671.
Bob McFeil: I don’t think Ferrari horse is limping, rather it’s collapsed onto the floor with a broken back.
Ged Ashton: The mistakes Ferrari have made have been diabolical. Choices between them and Vettel this weekend will be the final nail in the coffin for Ferrari’s chances of winning the drivers’ championship or constructors’ title.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have both gone a bit wide, but no real drama.
Grid penalties. They are going to affect every race from now on.
And there’s more. Fernando Alonso is also going to be starting at or near the back because of grid penalties. Anyone else?
Twenty minutes of the first session and not too much to get excited about if I’m honest. Four have set times, with Kimi Raikkonen leading the way thanks to a 1:37.063.
BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer
A difficult weekend ahead for both Red Bull teams,
with all four drivers to start at the back as a result of taking new
engines – for opposing reasons.
At Red Bull, they had to fit a new “B-spec”
Renault engine – Max Verstappen revealed that the C-spec they have used
recently “cannot run at altitude” at the Mexican and Brazilian races – and that
its power gain of about 0.15secs a lap only applies in qualifying, while it is
“the same or maybe a bit slower in the race”.
Toro Rosso have an upgraded Honda
engine, and word on the street is that it might be a significant step forward.
Often in these cases, though, an upgrade does not quite live up to the talk
surrounding it beforehand.
Another change today. Antonio Giovinazzi is in for Sauber instead of Marcus Ericsson. A sign of things to come.
Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator
With the car Ferrari have built to my mind they should be leading this championship.
Some of that you have to put that down to Lewis Hamilton and how well he has performed. I can’t think of many better seasons from a driver.
There is something not clicking for Ferrari. Vettel is not out of this fight yet. I think Hamilton is going to nick this race again.
Stephen Taylor: When Schumacher won five world championships in a row from 2000-04 and won 6 world championships in a row from 1999-2004 it was a case of a perfect storm – great driver/team and great car . Since 2008 Ferrari have had the driver in the wrong car (Alonso) or the wrong driver in Seb.
A busy, busy start to the day. And we’re under way on the track. Ninety minutes with the McLarens, Red Bulls and Toro Rossos all on track early doors.
Both Red Bulls and both Toro Rossos have grid penalties so will be making up the back two rows on Sunday.
We heard earlier on from Romain Grosjean and now his Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen gives his reaction to the news that the Haas team have the same line-up for 2019.
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Artem Markelov is fourth in the Formula 2 Championship and this is a good chance to show what he can do.
Attempt number three of 2018 for Latifi.
A few changes for FP1. Carlos Sainz has an eye infection and sits this one out, with Formula 2 driver Artem Markelov giving the home fans another man to cheer on.
Also we have Nicholas Latifi in for Force India instead of Sergio Perez and Lando Norris in for Fernando Alonso at McLaren.
Let’s get all your thoughts on all this.
A few things to talk about today…
What is going wrong at Ferrari? And… Your reaction to the driver changes.
One seat at Williams and one at Toro Rosso seems to be the only available ones left, with Daniil Kvyat set to come back in at Toro Rosso. Who should get them?
Tweet us using #bbcf1 and we will throw you in this page later on.
Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator
Antonio Giovinazzi is joining Sauber to join Kimi Raikkonen so that will be an interesting balance. He has done a couple of Formula 1 races in the past. He is exciting, but he didn’t win the Formula 2, the formula below.
All teams have a third driver. Marcus Ericsson has done a lot of seasons so he has had a good shot at it and he has proven himself to be competitive but you won’t find anyone that says he should be in discussions for Mercedes and Ferrari. It is not the end of the world if he is leaving Formula 1 to give Antonio Giovinazzi a chance.
Earlier this week you may have missed this one…
Sauber have signed Italian Antonio Giovinazzi to partner Kimi Raikkonen next season. The 24-year-old has been placed at the Swiss team by Ferrari, as he is a member of their young driver programme.
The move means Swede Marcus Ericsson loses his race seat but will become Sauber’s third driver.
Giovinazzi, who raced twice for Sauber at the start of 2017 as a stand-in for Pascal Wehrlein, said the move was “a dream come true” and “huge honour”.
Romain Grosjean may well be a relieved man this morning. He has not had the best of seasons, being 14th in the championship, but he gets to go again next season.