It’s that time of year again when the country gets excited as the best racing drivers across the globe all trek to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.
A win at Silverstone will see Lewis Hamilton equal the record number of British Grand Prix wins and draw level with fellow Brit Jim Clark, who won it in 1962.1963,1964, 1965 and 1967, and French driver Alain Prost who was victorious five times in ten years.
So on a personal level he’s had success here and the history favours Mercedes too, with the team winning the last five British Grand Prix events – with Hamilton winning the last three.
And it’s Hamilton himself who will start on pole in his home country, with the Brit finishing fastest in practice on Saturday afternoon.
Behind Hamilton, Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will start in 2nd and 3rd place respectively on Sunday afternoon.
Hamilton sits 20 points behind Vettel and needs to get his season back on track with victory here.
And with uncertainty surrounding Silverstone, with a break claise set to stop the venue hosting the race after 2019, a win for Hamilton could certainly raise the spirits with Silverstone’s owner, the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
Based in Northamptonshire, Silverstone’s been the home of British racing on a permanent basis since 1987 after rotating between Silverstone, Aintree and Brands Hatch between the years of 1955 and 1986. Silverstone’s now one of the iconic tracks in Formula 1.
A fast circuit, the average speed is around the 150mph mark, which makes it one of the fastest tracks in the Formula 1 season. Speaking of 150, there’s likely to be a whopping 150,000 spectators crammed in to watch it this weekend.
The Facts & Figures…
Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg – 1.35.548
Circuit Length: 3.66 miles
Race length: 190.32 miles
Times held at Silverstone: 71
The Previous Winners...
2016: Lewis Hamilton
2015: Lewis Hamilton
2014: Lewis Hamilton
2013: Nico Rosberg
2012: Mark Webber
2011: Fernando Alonso
2010: Mark Webber
What We Sayin’?
It’s obvious to go all out for a Hamilton win, but Mercedes’ record here means it may well be an outside bet to go with Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas at 12/1.
Daniel Ricciardo is another to have had some success in recent races but he’s a 100/1 shot for Silverstone success. However, in form, maybe he’s also worth a cheeky punt, too.
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