Lewis Hamilton will be looking to record his eighth Silverstone Formula One win of his career at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
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British Grand Prix Predictions & Tips
Mercedes driver and defending F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has not been on top of the podium since winning the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 9.
Hamilton has actually only won three races this season, while current leader Max Verstappen of Red Bull has five wins under his belt and leads the standings by 32 points.
I think it’s safe to say that the race at Silverstone will come down to Hamilton and Verstappen. The Red Bull star will be looking to make it four victories in succession, while Hamilton will be hoping his home supporters will cheer him onto victory and get him back in the title race.
I have nothing against Hamilton, I am just not a massive fan of his, but I am backing him to show his champion credentials by ending his drought and getting back on top of the podium for the ninth time in his career.
Victory at Silverstone will see Hamilton move on to 99 career F1 wins.
The most interesting part of the race will be for whoever comes third and takes that final place on the podium. Normally, I would be backing Lando Norris to be up there, but for me, his head is not in the right frame of mind this weekend.
The 21-year-old was mugged in an official Wembley Stadium car park after England’s penalty shootout loss against Italy at Euro 2020. He reportedly had a watch worth thousands of pounds stolen, and he has admitted he is having trouble sleeping and is still very sore.
It would be a great story if Norris could win the Grand Prix, but the emotional upheaval he has had this week, I just think it will be too much.
I am backing Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez to claim his third podium finish of the season and strengthen Red Bull’s push for the Constructors championship.
And to make it a great day for Great Britain, I am sticking my neck on the line and going for Williams driver George Russell to finish in the top 10 for the first time this season and claim his first points ever in a Williams car.
British Grand Prix Predictions & Tips Circuit Guide
Silverstone first hosted the British Grand Prix back in 1948 and having shared it with Aintree and Brands Hatch for almost 40 years, the Northamptonshire/Buckinghamshire circuit became the sole host of the British leg of the Formula 1 calendar from 1987. The length of the track has shortened over the years, while one of the biggest changes saw officials make the entry from Hangar Straight into Stowe Corner less dangerous following the tragic deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at Imola in 1994. There have also been some additions to the circuit to accommodate MotoGP racing, but they have had no effect on the Formula 1 race. Lewis Hamilton surpassed Jim Clark and Alain Prost as the most successful driver in the history of the British Grand Prix when he won his ‘home’ grand prix for the seventh time in his career in 2020.
Location: Silverstone, Northamptonshire & Buckinghamshire, England
Number Of Laps: 52
Lap Length: 3.66 miles
Lap Record (current format): Lewis Hamilton, 1 minute 27.369 seconds (2019)
British Grand Prix Winners
|1949||Emmanuel de Graffenreid||Maserati||Silverstone|
|1950||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo||Silverstone|
|1951||Jose Froilan Gonzalez||Ferrari||Silverstone|
|1954||Jose Froilan Gonzalez||Ferrari||Silverstone|
|1961||Wolfgang von Trips||Ferrari||Aintree|
|1964||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax||Brands Hatch|
|1966||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Repco||Brands Hatch|
|1968||Jo Siffert||Lotus-Ford||Brands Hatch|
|1970||Jochen Rindt||Lotus-Ford||Brands Hatch|
|1972||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus-Ford||Brands Hatch|
|1974||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Ford||Brands Hatch|
|1976||Niki Lauda||Ferrari||Brands Hatch|
|1978||Carlos Reutemann||Ferrari||Brands Hatch|
|1980||Alan Jones||Williams-Ford||Brands Hatch|
|1982||Niki Lauda||McLaren-Ford||Brands Hatch|
|1984||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG||Brands Hatch|
|1986||Nigel Mansell||Williams-Honda||Brands Hatch|
|2001||Mika Hakkinen||McLaren Mercedes||Silverstone|
|2005||Juan Pablo Montoya||McLaren-Mercedes||Silverstone|
|2009||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||Silverstone|
|2010||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||Silverstone|
|2012||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||Silverstone|