Lewis Hamilton will be looking for a much smoother finish to the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix as he goes in search of his fourth successive victory of the Formula One season.
Defending F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton had to battle a front tyre puncture on the final lap of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last time out, but he managed to keep the vehicle going and finished first ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull.
All the talk after the race was of Hamilton’s tyre failure, as well as the decision from Verstappen to pit late on in order to change his tyres in a quest to claim the fastest lap. He managed to secure the fastest lap, but had he not gone into the pits he may have won the race.
Mercedes driver Hamilton leads the way at the top of the standings with three wins from the season’s opening four races. It seems that even vehicle malfunctions are not enough to stop the 35-year-old as he goes in search of his seventh World Championship title.
After a poor start to the season at the Austrian Grand Prix, Hamilton has bounced back with wins at the Styrian Grand Prix, the Hungarian Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix. It is always pleasing for the Brit to win on home soil, so he will be determined to make it back-to-back victories at Silverstone at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix this weekend. Hamilton will learn from his mistakes – he always seems to do that – so I am backing him for a clean sweep of fastest qualifying time, fastest lap time and the winner of the race.
Verstappen, who is third on the overall standings behind the Mercedes two of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, has managed a podium finish in his last three races and he would like nothing more than to claim his first win of the campaign at Hamilton’s home venue.
At the moment, it looks like first place is out of reach and everyone is just battling it out to see who finishes behind Hamilton. That doesn’t mean the race will be a bore fest, the battle for second with the likes of Bottas, Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris will be an interesting one.
Brit Norris, who only made his F1 debut last year, has started the season well with three top five finishes, he finished third in the opening race of the season. He is a fearless driver and has a very bright future ahead of him. His aim should be to claim as many podium finishes as he can this season, and then look to challenge the top drivers in the next couple of years. Back him to grab a podium finish at Silverstone.
With the way Hamilton has bounced back from his fourth-place finish in Austria on July 5, it is very difficult to see anything other than a win for the Mercedes driver. He looks more focused this year and he wants to end this season with the same number of title wins as the great Michael Schumacher, which will put him up there as one of the greatest drivers ever.