Can Hamilton Delight Home Fans With A Win at Silverstone This Weekend?
This weekend, many people’s attention will turn to one of the biggest motorsport weekends of the year in the United Kingdom as the Formula 1 circus rolls into town and the 10 teams and 20 drivers compete for dominance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It could also be a farewell for the circuit too, with no contract signed with FIA for the race to take place in 2020 or beyond.
All eyes will be on current World Champion and British driver Lewis Hamilton who has raced out into a lead in the Driver’s Championship on the back of some dominating performances by Mercedes this season. However, a win for Max Verstappen in the last race in Austria finally broke the German team’s stranglehold on the competition and could make the next few races crucial ones in the course of the season.
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Last time out in Austria, Max Verstappen scored a controversial win for Red Bull over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to finally break and eight race winning streak for Mercedes. The two Mercedes drivers were off the pace a little in Austria with Valtteri Bottas third and Hamilton, after experiencing problems with his car, finishing fifth after starting well down the grid.
This is how that result has impacted the Drivers and Constructors Championships.
- Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) – Mercedes – 197
- Vallteri Bottas (Fin) – Mercedes – 166
- Max Verstappen (Hol) – Red Bull – 126
- Sebastian Vettel (Ger) – Ferrari – 123
- Charles Leclerc (Mon) – Ferrari – 105
- Pierre Gasly (Fra) – Red Bull – 43
- Carlos Sainz (Esp) – McLaren – 30
- Lando Norris (Gbr) – McLaren – 22
- Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) – Alfa Romeo – 21
- Daniel Ricciaro (Aus) – Renault – 16
- Niko Hulkenberg (Ger) – Renault – 16
- Kevin Magnussen (Den) – Haas – 14
- Sergio Perez (Mex) – Racing Point – 13
- Danil Kyvat (Rus) – Toro Rosso – 10
- Alexander Albon (Tha) – Toro Rosso – 7
- Lance Stroll (Can) – Racing Point – 6
- Romain Grosjean (Fra) – Haas – 2
- Antonio Giovanazzi (Ita) – Alfa Romeo – 1
- George Russell (Gbr) – Williams – 0
- Robert Kubica (Pol) – Williams – 0
- Mercedes – 363
- Ferrari – 228
- Red Bull – 169
- McLaren -52
- Renault – 32
- Alfa Romeo – 22
- Racing Point – 19
- Toro Rosso – 17
- Haas – 16
- Williams – 0
Fastest Lap Winners (1 point awarded in each race)
- Australia – Vallteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- Bahrain – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- China – Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
- Azerbaijan – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Spain – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- Monaco – Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
- Canada – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- France – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
- Austria – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
This now sets up an intriguing race this weekend at Silverstone where Lewis Hamilton will want to bounce back in front of his own fans but in a race where he was beaten last year by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. Let’s now take a quick look ahead to the British Grand Prix.
British Grand Prix
The oldest race on the Formula 1 calendar and one of only two races to have been included in every F1 season since the Championship began (the other being the Italian Grand Prix), The British Grand Prix has a special place in the heart of many F1 fans and especially British racing fans.
Lewis Hamilton has five victories in the race and is tied alongside the legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost with that number of victories. Another win would elevate Hamilton to top position on his own and further cement his lead in the Driver’s Championship. Defeat could see his rivals claw closer to him once again.
The race has been run at Silverstone every year since 1987 but this could be the final time the track hosts the race, with no contract signed for 2020 or beyond. As such, it could be an emotional farewell to Silverstone, at least for now.
Some of the biggest names in Formula 1 history have won this race including Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Nicki Lauda, James Hunt, Damon Hill and of the current crop of drivers, both Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, alongside Hamilton, have enjoyed success here in the past.
- Silverstone Circuit
- Crowd Capacity – 150,000
- Length – 5.891 Kilometers
- Turns – 18
- Lap Record – 1.30.621 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2017)
Silverstone’s layout was altered in 2011 to include a new inward section that features a number of new corners and the Wellington Straight which leads into Brooklands. This set up has been used in every British Grand Prix since 2011. Sebastian Vettel won the last race here in 2018, finishing just over two seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Will Hamilton win at Silverstone?
The bookies certainly seem to think that the British driver will take the chequered flag first as he is a very short 8/11 to land the win in the race. Certainly Mercedes have been the dominant team and Hamilton the dominant driver, but those odds do seem a little short for a driver who finished fifth in the last race.
Of course, home advantage is a big bonus for Hamilton and with a record-breaking sixth win in the pipeline, the feeling is that the British driver will do it in front of his home fans and in truth, I can’t really argue too much against that.
I see his main challengers being his team mate Valtteri Bottas, the invigorated Max Verstappen after his win in Austria and of course, Sebastian Vettel who won here last year. Of that trio, I’d pick Vettel and Bottas to perhaps share the podium with Hamilton, with Verstappen fourth and Leclerc coming in fifth place.
The only way this could change in my view is if the notoriously fickle British weather decides to get involved and we see a wet race at some point. That could well throw these predictions into disarray and team strategy may well then be the defining factor of the race.