After a controversial incident in Baku that saw the two drivers collide and back to back races where luck has worked against him the Brit has fallen twenty points behind his rival in the battle for the title. FP1 would prove problematic for the German though, as he experienced a few spins throughout the session.
Second in the drivers ' standings, Lewis Hamilton could well take advantage of this event presented in front of his audience to fill in the gap that separates it from the leader of the championship, Sebastian Vettel. The teenager came close to hitting the back of the slow-moving Felipe Massa mid-way through the session while trying to overtake the Williams on the inside at Club.
Champions Mercedes have won 56 of 68 races since the introduction of the 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid power units in 2014, and five of nine this season. "You give it everything you've got because you want to deliver for them and the roar when you cross the line, you can nearly be sure the guy behind, they'll hear that roar and that strength at the line". "I have received incredible love from the fans every single year I come here, so we'll see". In entering the contract, BRDC agreed to pay an annual hosting fee but has been stung by the reported 5% annual fee increase which has risen from around £11.5 million in 2010 to £16.2 million for this year's race. Hopefully this is something they can get on top of quickly, as if they can't, Mercedes look poised to blow them away.
As is often the case in the early stages of FP1, the teams sought to try out new setups and add-ons.
Nico Hulkenberg wasted no time in getting out of the pits as FP2 began.
"We have Budpaest in a couple of weeks which is more car-dependent than engine-dependent and we should be really on pace and the auto will set up to get to a level of Ferrari and Mercedes". "I just wish that when I go to those grands prix there was more time to see more of the fans", he says.
Vettel and Hamilton both have 14 scoring finishes in a row.
The same bookies has Hamilton at 4-9 to qualify first, team mate Bottas at 2-1 and Vettel at 5-1.
If you want to get to the podium people start queuing at the gate opposite with a handful of laps from the end but a word of warning. He unashamedly lives a jet-set lifestyle, one most young men can only fantasise about, which just seems to antagonise his detractors.
Horner, in charge of Red Bull since 2005, told journalists that BRDC entered into the agreement in 2010 fully conscious of the terms. Marcus Ericsson was the lead Sauber at the foot of the table, edging teammate Pascal Wehrlein to 19th position.
"It was already one of the very best circuits in the world, but with this vehicle and the speed we are able to carry through the corners, it's just phenomenal, it's like the greatest rollercoaster ride ever".
It is the familiar European timings with First Practice underway at 09:00am on Friday morning, with Qualifying and the Race due to start at 13:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.