F1 2016: British Grand Prix Preview

Formula One returns to its home this weekend with the British Grand Prix. Seven of the 11 teams on the grid are based in the UK so it is a big event on the Formula One calendar. Silverstone hosted the first ever World Championship F1 race way back in 1950 and it has been the permanent home of the British Grand Prix since 1987.

Last time out Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix following a last lap incident with his team-mate Nico Rosberg. It wasn’t the first time this season the two have come together and with such a quick turnaround there could be fireworks this weekend. Hamilton was joined on the podium by Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.

Rosberg still leads the championship although now just by 11 points.

Circuit: Silverstone
Number of Laps: 52
Circuit Length: 5.891km
Number of Corners: 18
Lap Record: 1:33.401 Mark Webber (2013)
Previous British Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 5
Most Successful Team: Ferrari (15 wins)
DRS Zones: 2    
Pirelli Tyres: Soft, Medium and Hard

For a lap around Silverstone drivers spend 66% of it at full throttle. It is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar and features fast flowing sections. For the mixture of high and low speed corners, Silverstone requires medium to high downforce.

The soft, medium and hard compound tyres have been brought to this race by Pirelli and circuit offers high levels of grip. Due to high levels of degradation Pirelli are expecting at least two pit stops per driver during the race.

Last year’s race was won by Hamilton after he switched to intermediate tyres at just the right time. Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel were also on the podium. Hamilton will be going for a hat-trick of victories having won the British Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016. As always, the weather could play a role during the race as it can range from sunshine to rain very quickly.

In Austria there were notable drives from a number of drivers. Verstappen got his second ever Formula One podium by finishing second. While Raikkonen finished third, many thought Ferrari wasted an opportunity to win the race by pitting at the wrong time. Jenson Button finished in sixth place for McLaren having started from third on the grid – their best qualifying result for quite some time. Romain Grosjean returned to the points for Haas finishing seventh while Pascal Wehrlein got his first ever F1 point in tenth place for Manor.

All eyes will undoubtedly be on the Mercedes pair this weekend – with tensions running high can they race cleanly or will they self-implode again?


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