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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 13 July 2017
  2. Large fire at Corby warehouse
  3. Northamptonshire non-league football clubs learn 2017-18 fixtures
  4. Weather: Highs of 20C (68F)

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Cheers everyone!

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

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

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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!

More views from the fans

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Also down the local are these lads from Oldham.

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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.

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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!

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.

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Matt and Daniel
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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."

In pictures: Friday's practice day

Valtteri Bottas
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Valtteri Bottas
Daniel Ricciardo
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Daniel Ricciardo
Sebastian Vettel
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Sebastian Vettel
Carlos Sainz
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Carlos Sainz
Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton

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.

Are you heading here to witness all the action?

Worth reading this advice if you're heading to Silverstone this weekend.

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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
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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."

Dumfries Sheriff Court

The appearance follows an incident which resulted in a man being taken to hospital with head injuries.

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Fancy getting into motorsport?

#GetInspired

Here's Red Bull team principal Christian Horner giving you five reasons why motorsport could suit you....

Red Bull Formula 1 Team's Christian Horner: five reasons to take part in motorsport

And if you want to look into it further, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

'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.

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

Live: BBC reporter James Burridge at Silverstone

In pictures: Friday's practice day

Hamilton at Silverstone
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Lewis Hamilton
Fernando Alonso
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Fernando Alonso
Sebastian Vettel
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Sebastian Vettel
Romain Grosjean and Stoffel Vandoorne
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Romain Grosjean and Stoffel Vandoorne
Valtteri Bottas
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Valtteri Bottas

Remember to keep your valuables locked away this Silverstone weekend

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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.

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (END OF FP2)

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PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (END OF FP2) #BritishGP 🇬🇧

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🏁 TOP TEN - END OF FP2 🏁 1 BOT 2 HAM 3 RAI 4 VET 5 VER 6 RIC 📸 7 HUL 8 MAS 9 ALO 10 OCO #BritishGP 🇬🇧 #FP2

Man who died in M45 crash named

A man who died in a crash on the M45 at Dunchurch last week has been named by police as 55-year-old Mark Folwell from Northampton.

The single-vehicle crash happened on Thursday 6 July on the eastbound carriageway at about 04:30.

Peter's family said he would be "truly missed by each and every person that was lucky enough to have known him".

Chequered flag

Valtteri Bottas finishes fastest in second practice for the British Grand Prix.

Stay safe, kids...

Life down in the fan village

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Behind the safety barriers, fans can still get a taste of life in the F1 world.

Revellers can have a go at changing an F1 tyre in a pit stop challenge...

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Test their reaction speeds...

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And even wave a chequered flag...

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Who can resist?!

It's all gone a bit static

The teams are concentrating on longer runs now so the order is relatively unchanged.

For the record, the top 10 is:

1 Bottas, 2 Hamilton, 3 Raikkonen, 4 Vettel, 5 Verstappen, 6 Ricciardo, 7 Hulkenberg, 8 Massa, 9 Alonso, 10 Ocon

Here's an even better way to get a view!

They say that Formula 1 is a bit of a travelling circus as it goes from country to country and race to race over the season.

We've not spotted a big top yet, but there's still all the fun of the fair....

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Fed up of those pesky fences and barriers blocking your view?

These people have their afternoon sorted...

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Damage on the Mercedes?

Hamilton ran over the grass during that moment in the fast sweeps before the Hanger Straight and he comes on the radio to report possible damage.

Lewis Hamilton
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Calling all instagrammers

...and those who have yet to dabble in the 'gram.

Check out BBC Radio Northampton's Instagram page for more photos, videos and stories from Silverstone.

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Hamilton improves again

Lewis Hamilton increases his advantage with a 1:28.543, six tenths up on the pack.

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Hamilton's time, set on the soft tyre, was a 1:28.780 - the best of the day so far.

Times coming down

Vettel improved his time to a 1:29.850 to strengthen his grip on top spot, but he's already down to fourth after improvements for Raikkonen and Ricciardo and a new benchmark from Hamilton.

We've 10 cars with times on the board now as this 90-minute session begins to simmer.

Sebastian Vettel has just gone quickest of all with a 1:30.320 - a second or so off the pace we saw from the Mercedes this morning. It's two tenths up on what he did this morning though, and set on the slower tyre.

Alonso set for 30 grid-place penalties

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

Fernando Alonso already has a five-place grid penalty for using too many engine parts this weekend. Honda has made it clear he will have more but have so far been a bit coy about exactly what.

A little bird tells me that Honda will likely fit a whole new power-unit ahead of Saturday. That’s going to add up to a lot of nominal penalty places - 30, I reckon, although that’s to be confirmed - and a definite start from the back.

The stands are a lot fuller now

...as second practice gets into full swing.

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Silverstone
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bbc-coverageListen to 5 live commentary

A reminder that we have 5 live commentary on this session for your considerable delight.

Jack Nicholls, Tom Clarkson, Jennie Gow, Andrew Benson, they're all there, pouring out nugget after nugget of wisdom.

You can listen using the tab above.

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Go! Go! Go!

FP2 begins.

Nico Hulkenberg's Renault is the first car out.

British Grand Prix forecast
After some dry and very warm conditions in Azerbaijan and Austria things look cooler and cloudier for the British Grand Prix this weekend.

The view from the stands

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Silverstone
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Police dogs go down a storm at Silverstone

What's the only thing that can improve the excitement at Silverstone?

Dogs, obviously...

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Supt Chris Hillery, head of local policing, tweeted these pictures as the sniffer dogs made their way around the circuit this morning.

Meet the Racemaker

Events like this really depend on volunteers.

London 2012 had its Gamesmakers, and for Silverstone it's the Racemakers fielding public queries and showing spectators where to go.

Barry Schofield
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Barry Schofield from Leeds, who is 63 and retired, is one of them.

"I love big sporting events," he says.

"It's my second year doing this at the Formula 1. In the past I've volunteered at the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

"The main thing I get asked is 'where are the toilets?'

"But my favourite question was last year when someone asked where to look for the RAF Typhoon aircraft display... I just looked upwards."

Tight security at Silverstone