Formula 1 returns to legendary track at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix this weekend where Lewis Hamilton will go for the top of drivers’ championship in his homeland. This is the fourth race in a crammed five weekends that forced the teams travel the globe from Canada to Azerbaijan to Austria to England.
With only couple of days to analyze the race at the Red Bull Ring, where Nico Rosberg was fined for crashing into Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the final lap, Silver arrows and other teams are preparing for another tense weekend. After the crash, Hamilton managed to hold on to a win at the Red Bull Ring, while Rosberg somehow dragged his car to a fourth-place finish. With a victory, Hamilton closed the gap behind Rosberg to just 11 points at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship. Also at Austrian Grand Prix, 18-year-old Max Verstappen used Rosberg’s accident to take the second podium place in his career. Kimi Raikkonen took the third place in Austria to equal his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel with 96 points in third place in the championship, 46 points behind Hamilton. In constructor’s championship, Mercedes has more than 100 points ahead of Ferrari who is fighting with Red Bull for the second place.
If you ask any Formula 1 driver, they’ll tell you that Silverstone is among their favorite tracks – It has real racing high-speed character and the fans are great at this circuit. The track was built on the old World War II airfield in 1948 and hosted its first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1950. Since then it went through many modifications the last one happening in 2011. The circuit is 5.89 kilometers long and it has 18 turns. Hamilton has won the past two races here, along with his 2008 victory, while Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are the rest Silverstone winners among active drivers. Jim Clark and Alain Prost still hold the all-time record with five wins of British Grand Prix each.
TYRES AND WEATHER
Tyre supplier Pirelli has decided to bring soft, medium and hard tyres to Silverstone. The hard compound has been seen just once this season so far, in Spain. Pirelli selected the hard tyres for this race because of high-speed demands of the Silverstone circuit. At least two pit stops for each driver are expected during the race, with most teams leaning heavily toward the softer compounds in their tyre selections. As for the weather for this racing weekend, the forecast is expecting a dry British Grand Prix but with clouds. The highest temperature for Sunday’s race is expected to be just 19 degrees Celsius. The race starts at 14:00 Central European Time.