F1: British Grand Prix Preview
After another three week break and an FIA tribunal involving Mercedes and Pirelli, it is time for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone; a special race for most of the drivers and teams which make up the grid. Even if the British Grand Prix isn’t special for its location, the track layout is one all drivers enjoy.
Canada F1 Recap
So it was back to what looked like normality in Canada with a dominant performance and win by Vettel and Fernando Alonso improving on his poor qualifying with good race pace to pip Lewis Hamilton for second with a few laps remaining. It is unclear whether this will now become a trend as the Montreal circuit lends itself to the Red Bull’s setup but Silverstone will provide some clues as all teams will bring huge upgrades.
Since the Canadian Grand Prix, the FIA tribunal has convened over the Mercedes and Pirelli “secret” tyre test and although finding Mercedes guilty of breaching rules, they were only given a reprimand and banned from the young drivers test at Silverstone in July.
British Grand Prix Preview
It’s the British Grand Prix and two out of the three days are actually going to be dry which is a miracle in itself. The big news for Silverstone (when was the last Grand Prix that didn’t come with big news?) is that Mark Webber will be retiring from F1 at the end of the season. With this announcement and Mark’s love and record at Silverstone, it would be great to see him on the podium and maybe even on the top step.
As I’m a bit late this week, qualifying has already happened so we all know that Lewis Hamilton will be starting from pole position after a stunning lap. Rosberg locks out the front row for Mercedes followed by the Red Bulls. With huge rear tyre degradation expected during the race, it will be extremely tough for Lewis to hold off the Red Bulls to claim victory and any chance will most likely rely on Rosberg holding Vettel up for as long as possible.
After strong qualifying by both Force India’s, unfortunately Paul Di Resta’s car was found to be underweight and subsequently disqualified from qualifying meaning he will probably start from the pit lane on Sunday. It was not a good session for Lotus, Ferrari or McLaren with the highest being Grosjean who qualified eighth so even with the lower tyre degradation that Lotus and Ferrari generally enjoy, a high place finish will be hard to come by but all these cars fighting tooth and nail for every point should make for an exciting race.
- Lewis Hamilton
- Sebastian Vettel
- Mark Webber
- Nico Rosberg
- Fernando Alonso
Wishful thinking? Even with Hamilton on pole, the chances of him holding off the Red Bull’s for the whole race are pretty slim unless Mercedes have made huge strides in tyre degradation since Canada. Hamilton will not give up without a fight however and with the Mercedes generally mighty in a straight line and the Red Bull less so, a DRS pass might not be that easy.
We are in for a stunning race, there will be a huge battle for the top four and after good qualifying, Ricciardo and Sutil will be fighting hard to keep the big boys behind them to score good points. That will not be easy however and a quick start from Alonso will should set the race up perfectly.
The British Grand Prix is live on the BBC and Sky, here are the times:
Race – Lights out – 13:00
BBC 1 – 12:10 – 15:30
Sky F1 – 11:30 – 16:15
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