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Summary

  1. Highlights of practice day and behind-the-scenes at Silverstone on Friday, 14 July 2017
  2. First practice ends with Bottas fastest, Hamilton second, Verstappen third
  3. Bottas, Hamilton and Raikkonen make up the one, two, three in the second session

Live Reporting

By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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  1. Cheers everyone!

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    So, while I'm here I may as well make the most of it...

    Beer

    Thanks for following today's feed, where we went behind-the-scenes at Silverstone during practice day.

    Scroll down to catch up on all the highlights, as Mercedes dominated in the two sessions.

    Talking of sessions...

    Nah. I'd better not.

    Catch you all again soon!

  2. More views from the fans

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Also down the local are these lads from Oldham.

    Silverstone pub fans

    Paul (far right) said: "It's our seventh time here. I think it's Lewis' race to win this weekend."

    Meanwhile, Ian and Tony have made the trek up from Portsmouth.

    Silverstone pub fans

    Ian (left), talking about the uncertain future of the race in Silverstone, said: "They need to negotiate it and hopefully we'll see it continue."

    Fingers crossed!

  3. After a long day by the track...

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Where better to go than to the local pub.

    I'm in the rather picturesque Silverstone village, where a number of F1 nuts have headed for a pint (and in some cases, some nuts) following today's practice sessions.

    Silverstone village
    Matt and Daniel

    Brothers Matt, 33, and Daniel, 31, are here from Eastbourne for the race. Last weekend they were in Austria.

    Matt told me: "I'd love to see Lewis make it four in a row, but Bottas [his Mercedes team-mate] is driving well too.

    Daniel: "It's a must win for Lewis to be honest. I hope Kimi does well too. The Ferrari's have been really strong this year - it's good to be seeing competition in the sport.

    Talking about the recent decision by the owners of Silverstone to try and renegotiate its contract - putting the future of F1 in Northamptonshire at risk past 2019, Matt added: "I'd be devastated if Silverstone lost the race - this is the home of motorsport."

  4. In pictures: Friday's practice day

    Valtteri Bottas
    Image caption: Valtteri Bottas
    Daniel Ricciardo
    Image caption: Daniel Ricciardo
    Sebastian Vettel
    Image caption: Sebastian Vettel
    Carlos Sainz
    Image caption: Carlos Sainz
    Lewis Hamilton
    Image caption: Lewis Hamilton
  5. Lewis Hamilton spotted with racing driver Billy Monger

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    Lewis Hamilton has just been pictured in the paddock chatting to young racing driver Billy Monger.

    If you don't know, Billy had both legs amputated following a high-speed crash at Donington in April.

    He was spotted today in the Mercedes garage, where he spent the day meeting the team and chatting to Hamilton.

    You can read his full story here.

  6. It's not all about F1

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    The likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso aren't the only stars of Silverstone - a whole load of acts have been booked to play the main stage in the F1 Fanzone.

    Tonight there's an '80s theme with Carol Decker (pictured) from T'Pau and a Sara Cox DJ set.

    Carol Decker

    Stage manager Tanya Baker is responsible for organising the entertainment and said: "It takes a lot of planning - we start thinking about it in October.

    "We make sure what goes out on the stage is enjoyable and suitable for everybody - of all ages.

    "It's not just about people who want to watch Lewis Hamilton for hour after hour - it's for people who just want a good day out."

  7. Palmer on British GP, quad bikes and shoeys

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    Video caption: British GP: Jolyon Palmer on Silverstone, quad bikes and shoeys

    Renault's Jolyon Palmer talks to BBC radio 5 live's Tom Clarkson about the British GP, the craziest thing he's ever done and if he would do a "shoey" with Daniel Ricciardo.

  8. 'Lewis! Lewis! Over here!.... oh'

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    I wondered why all these people looked so disappointed when I walked out of the paddocks...

    Turns out they're autograph hunters.

    Silverstone
    Silverstone

    Sorry folks. Maybe I'll be famous one day.

  9. In pictures: Friday's practice day

    Hamilton at Silverstone
    Image caption: Lewis Hamilton
    Fernando Alonso
    Image caption: Fernando Alonso
    Sebastian Vettel
    Image caption: Sebastian Vettel
    Romain Grosjean and Stoffel Vandoorne
    Image caption: Romain Grosjean and Stoffel Vandoorne
    Valtteri Bottas
    Image caption: Valtteri Bottas
  10. Fans on the move after the end of second practice

    So that's it then. Second practice is over and everyone's on the move once more...

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    It's refreshment o'clock, I say. But stay with us as we'll continue to bring you what's going on behind-the-scenes.

  11. Post update

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