Lewis Hamilton and his team Mercedes will bring upgrades to Silverstone F1 Grand Prix today in the hope of making their car quicker than that of championship leader Max Verstappen of Red Bull
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Heading into today’s race at Silverstone, Max Verstappen has the opportunity to win his first British Grand Prix. The Dutchman has a comfortable 81-point advantage over his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Pérez in the championship. Verstappen took a dominant win in Austria last weekend, even making a pit stop before a successful fastest lap attempt with a few laps to go.
The 25-year-old is eagerly anticipating Silverstone and the opportunity to score his sixth consecutive victory of the season.
“Heading into another home race for us as a team this weekend in Silverstone. It’s a great track to go to and I’m also curious to see how the RB19 will perform there.
“There’s always a good atmosphere with a lot of passionate racing fans around the whole track. Austria was an incredible weekend for us and, hopefully, we can have a strong weekend again in Silverstone, with a solid and clean performance,” he said. “You never know what the weather will do in the UK, so that could mix things up.”
Verstappen has had a mixed run of form at Silverstone, taking victory in the 70th anniversary grand prix in 2020, which did not count as a British Grand Prix. He has only managed two podium finishes in the British Grand Prix. In 2021, he collided with his title rival Lewis Hamilton at Copse in a controversial incident.
Pérez finished in third place in Austria after starting on 15th position and falling foul of Formula 1’s strict track limits rules on Friday. The Mexican conceded 11 points in the championship battle and has failed to make Q3 – a qualifying split – in four races.
Despite his large deficit to Verstappen, Pérez is happy heading into Silverstone after his third podium in three races.
“In the end, we had a great weekend in Austria and it felt good to be back on the podium. I felt comfortable with the car all weekend and we had great pace from the start. The car really worked for me [last] Sunday and I was so pleased to come through the field in the way I did. I didn’t feel 100% the whole time and my team really helped me through it; from set-up to strategy we really nailed it.
“I feel confident going into Silverstone now and it’s all about repeating the process. I have taken time to rest to make sure I am ready physically because I want to keep this form going now until the summer break.”
The Silverstone circuit has been revised multiple times in it’s 75-year history, but formidable turns such as Copse and Becketts remain.
Today’s 52-lap race will be physically demanding on the drivers due to the high G-force – the amount of force drivers feel due to rapid acceleration during high-speed corners – through Abbey and Copse.
The 5.7km circuit features two drag reduction system zones on the Wellington and Hangar straights, which should encourage overtaking.
Aston Martin struggled in Austria. Their seasoned driver Fernando Alonso finished fifth ahead of his team-mate Lance Stroll after a plethora of post-race penalties were applied for track limits infringements.
Alonso is fully focused on Silverstone, where the team will run a new livery due to their partnership with Valvoline.
Mercedes will bring upgrades to Silverstone in the hope of making their W14 car quicker at Hamilton and George Russell’s home circuit.
Team principal, Toto Wolff, underlined the hard work they put in and the importance of a good result at Silverstone.
“The team has been hard at work to analyse and draw learnings from our performance. We have taken the results on the chin and will aim to recapture the momentum we had built up across previous races,” Wolff said.
It’s also our local race, with the track just down the road from the factories in Brackley and Brixworth. It’s a fast and flowing layout which creates great racing.
“So, hopefully, we can perform well and put on a good show.”