The track drew praise from several drivers after Sunday’s British GP for encouraging competitive racing and it also benefited from the stewards allowing hard but fair racing
With the signing of a new contract to host F1 for a further five years there was a celebratory air at Silverstone. That F1 had done the right thing was confirmed in spades on Sunday, when the old airfield delivered a marvellous race. The drivers revelled in it and the opportunity for genuine racing it affords. F1’s problems in following closely have not gone away but they are negated on good tracks. Silverstone’s layout encourages a fight and several of the corner sequences give drivers the chance to come back during an attempted pass which makes for compelling action. The previous race at Austria similarly facilitated proper racing. It is no coincidence these tracks repeatedly host a great spectacle. The three men on the podium – Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc – were all in agreement: it was the circuits making the difference. Bottas was unusually and pleasingly blunt in identifying F1’s real problem. “It’s all about selection of the tracks,” he said. “I’m sure many of the track selections for the calendar are just pure political reasons and money, rather than focusing on whether it’s good for racing or not.”Continue reading...
• British Grand Prix winner increasingly comfortable with car
• ‘Every year you get a bit more comfortable within yourself’
Lewis Hamilton has expressed how at ease he is with himself and his driving after taking his seventh win of the season at the British Grand Prix. After 10 races it is the strongest opening sequence of his career and increased the Mercedes driver’s imposing lead in the world championship standings.
Having taken the flag at Silverstone the five-times world champion, who has often come into his own at this stage of the year, also ominously warned that he is now feeling hugely confident with his Mercedes car.Continue reading...
Is there anything more quintessentially British than the Grand Prix at Silverstone? A petrol-fuelled romp in the heart of the Midlands couched among country lanes and English villages, the 52-lap race is an unmissable fixture in the sporting summer. This weekend delivered excitement, nostalgia and glory, all wrapped in a neat carbon‑shaped package.
The 10th round of the Formula One world championship faced stiff competition this year, with both Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup scheduled for the same Sunday. Such clash of commitments suggests that major sporting event planners should coordinate timetables; if not for viewing numbers, at least to ease the FOMO (fear of missing out) for fans. Silverstone has the magic combination of a terrific track, fervent supporters and a proud past. It is, after all, where the first World Championship Grand Prix was held in 1950 and in many ways the British race has stayed true to its roots.Continue reading...
• ‘It’s been single most incredible feeling,’ says Mercedes driver
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his victory at the British Grand Prix by revelling in the support he received at Silverstone across the weekend.
The British driver expressed how much it had meant to him and how he had been inspired to deliver another outstanding performance for the fans at a race he said he will remember for ever.Continue reading...
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