Lewis Hamilton insists Mercedes have "definitely made an improvement" with their car for the British GP and hailed the Silverstone track as "hair-raising" as he acknowledged his "mind-blowing" support after an encouraging Friday.
The racism row involving Nelson Piquet and Lewis Hamilton escalated on Friday as it emerged the Brazilian also aimed a homophobic slur at the seven-time world champion.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner says it is "never nice" to hear boos but insists Max Verstappen "accepts" the reaction from the British GP crowd.
Valtteri Bottas set a surprise pace ahead of home favourite Lewis Hamilton in first practice for the British GP, as rain at Silverstone delayed any findings into whether Mercedes had truly closed the gap at the front.
Carlos Sainz was fastest for Ferrari in a fiercely competitive Practice Two for the British GP, while Lewis Hamilton's boosted his home-race hopes by finishing second as Mercedes showed promise with their upgraded car.