F1 : British Grand Prix Preview
Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:08 pm
One of the highlights of the Calendar, Silverstone is the real home Grand Prix for many of the teams and always superbly supported. The drivers love Silverstone and this will have been one of the hottest tickets in sport with Lewis Hamilton in a car that can win.
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Once again, Saturday provided plenty of entertainment and after technical problems the previous race, Mercedes’ rivals would have been buoyed by seeing them struggle in qualifying. Errors in Lewis’ Q3 laps saw him start the race in 9th and the latter of the errors caused Rosberg to abort his final lap which left a front row lockout for Williams. Were the wheels falling off for Mercedes?
It only took one lap on Sunday to show that Mercedes were still the team to beat with Lewis having a sensational start to see him up to fourth place by the end of the lap. The Williams were still causing problems for Mercedes but a decision to consolidate points rather than cover the Mercedes pit stops meant that we would see yet another Mercedes one-two. Lewis was always close to Rosberg but with both suffering from brake issues, a full on challenge wasn’t really possible. Two slow pit stops for Hamilton did also cost him over a second which could have made a difference. With so many slow pit stops for McLaren and now a few for Mercedes, does Lewis’ driving style cause problems with the wheels?
British Grand Prix Preview
A wet final practice with potential for more rain in Qualifying could really shake the grid up for Sunday but that would just be in keeping with the season so far. With Lewis Hamilton racing in a dominant car, the race weekend will be all about him and with a shocking summer of sport so far for English fans, a win would be a very welcome result. Jenson Button has even said that this is the first time he’s actually wanted another driver to win a race as he knows he can’t.
The iconic track is a wonderful drive with fast flowing corners, a real driver favourite that can be attacked and you would say is now a must win for Lewis Hamilton. Last year, Mercedes were strong and Lewis Hamilton started on pole but this was where multiple tyre explosions happened and we saw Lewis climb back through the field to fourth. Hamilton knows he is quick here and will know that if nothing goes wrong for him this weekend, he will have the speed to beat Nico and to take the momentum back in the championship. If Nico beats Lewis, it will be a real test for Lewis to bounce back.
- Lewis Hamilton
- Nico Rosberg
- Sebastian Vettel
- Fernando Alonso
- Valteri Bottas
Lewis just has to win, doesn’t he? I think he will just be too quick for Nico and without any mechanical problems, he should end up winning with a decent margin. Red Bull should be more competitive this weekend and definitely in the end for that last place on the podium.
The British Grand Prix is live on the BBC and Sky, here are the times:
Qualifying – Green light – 13:00
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 14:30
BBC 2 – 11:55 – 14:30
Race – Lights out – 13:00
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 15:30
BBC 2 – 12:00 – 15:30
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