Lewis Hamilton can have fun a record-stretching seventh British Grand Prix win on Sunday however the Formula One chief shall be doing not one of the normal crowd-surfing after what often is the weirdest dwelling race of his life.
The second triple-header of a pandemic-hit season shall be in entrance of empty grandstands and behind closed doorways at Silverstone, celebrating 70 years because the first world championship grand prix was hosted there in May 1950.
The windswept circuit will host two races on successive weekends for the primary time, the second because the anniversary race, however Hamilton’s military of flag-waving followers must cheer from afar.
“The British Grand Prix is one of the best grand prix, notably due to the followers, the hundreds that flip up and actually create the spectacle,” the six-time world champion stated after successful in Hungary. “So it’ll be super-weird.”
Mercedes have been dominant to date, with Hamilton now on for a hat-trick of wins after victories in Austria’s Styrian Grand Prix and Hungary. Teammate Valtteri Bottas gained the opener on the Red Bull Ring.
The pair have additionally been alone on pole to date and Silverstone’s lengthy and quick lap will go well with their automotive, however crew boss Toto Wolff is taking nothing for granted.
“We’ve had a good begin to the season: we resolved the problems that troubled us on the primary weekend, gained three out of three races and scored a good quantity of factors,” stated the Austrian.
“But the primary three races have additionally highlighted one other essential issue: the significance of reliability in this shortened season.”
“We’re certainly one of solely two groups which have completed all races with each vehicles this yr and we all know how rapidly a DNF (no-finish) could make a lead in the factors disappear.”
Hamilton is 5 factors away from Bottas however 30 forward of third-placed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who has been on the rostrum in the final two races.
“We know the areas we have to work on and with Silverstone being a dwelling race near the manufacturing unit, that is excellent news,” stated the Dutch teenager.
“I feel we are able to hopefully get a good outcome there, traditionally it has been a fairly good observe for the crew, and it is one I actually get pleasure from driving.”
Racing Point, with a manufacturing unit throughout the street, might be Mercedes’ closest rivals with their automotive a shut copy of the one Hamilton drove to the title final season.
They can anticipate to be protested once more by Renault afterwards, with a stewards’ resolution on the legality of the automotive not anticipated till August.
Ferrari, 17 instances winners in Britain, have slumped to fifth general and the primary high-speed circuit of the season could convey extra ache.
“We know that from a pure competitiveness standpoint it is going to be tough, however we have to concentrate on buying one of the best data attainable in order that we are able to develop our automotive in the suitable course,” stated sporting director Laurent Mekies.