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FORMULA 1 | BRITISH GRAND PRIX | F1 TIPS
We return to Silverstone this weekend for the British Grand Prix where after an intense battle throughout the first lap of the race last year, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton controversially made contact with each other. This sent Max into the barriers and out of the race, with Lewis then going on to win the race which kept him in the championship fight. We are set for 52 laps around this historic 5.89km circuit which plays host to plenty of high-speed corners, so it is vital that teams perfect their setups in order to get the maximum performance out of their cars.
Charles Leclerc will be looking to reignite his season after managing only a best result of 4th place in the last 4 races of the season which included 2 DNFs. In contrast, his championship rival Max Verstappen is flying, claiming victories in 5 of the last 6 races. Despite this, Leclerc has a fresh power unit at his disposal without having to worry about any grid penalties at a track that is tipped to suit Ferrari. They have also reportedly brought in some handy upgrades ahead of this weekend. Meanwhile, don’t forget about Sergio Perez who is quietly sitting in 2nd place in the drivers championship, and will be looking to make up for his DNF in Canada.
Mercedes have also been working tirelessly on their car after a more promising performance in Canada. They are said to be bringing in more upgrades which will no doubt excite the home crowd who will be getting behind the all British driver combination in Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. It is also a home race for Lando Norris and McLaren, who would’ve hoped to be more competitive up to this point in the season. Rather than competing with the top teams, Maclaren find themselves in a mid-pack battle with Alpine, who looked very quick in Canada. Fernando Alonso amazingly put his car on the front row in qualifying, while Esteban Ocon managed 6th in the race.
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Fernando Alonso started on the front row in Canada and had it not been for some poorly time pit stops, he may well have finished far higher than he did. A key takeaway from Canada is the Alpines are genuinely one of the quickest cars for straight-line speed which could be a key factor going into Silverstone.
His teammate Esteban Ocon has franked this, being very solid with 2 top 6 finishes so far this season. Media reports are suggesting that more upgrades are to be had with Alpine too, which Alonso will only benefit from. Furthermore, the word from the Alpine camp is that they are “more consistent” than fellow rivals McLaren, giving us all the more confidence. The two-time world champion is gradually starting to find his form, and this week might just be opportunity to prove he is still one of the best drivers the sport has seen.
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The struggles are continuing for the McLaren’s, with both cars unable to finish in the points last time out in Canada. With all the talk and speculation surrounding Daniel Ricciardo’s performances this season and his future in the sport, the pressure is mounting on the Australian to deliver some solid results.
Unfortunately, he has only managed to score 15 points this season in what is becoming a disappointing season for both the team and drivers. They will be determined to turn things around in their home race at Silverstone, but expect them to again struggle keeping up with the other mid-pack teams, who have shown more pace over the last few weeks.
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Lewis Hamilton secured just his second podium of the season in Canada, with the Mercedes car seemingly making some decent progress in their quest to compete with the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull.
We know Lewis will give it everything this weekend at his home grand prix, however the pace of the car is not quite there yet and while him and George Russell secured 3rd and 4th last time out they didn’t really challenge for the lead. Considering that Perez retired from the race in Canada and Charles Leclerc started from the back of the grid, it would take something quite special from Lewis to get himself on the podium again.
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