Verstappen wins the race, Hamilton the title

Max Verstappen won the opening lap battle against Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton to set up the victory in Mexico while Hamilton wrapped up the title despite his P9 on the day.

Vettel lined up for what could be his last stand in the championship on pole position while Hamilton, champagne on ice to celebrate his fourth World title, was third.

Verstappen separated the protagonists on the grid – and the Dutchman was the only one of the three to come through the opening lap scrap unscathed.

Vettel got a great start but Verstappen pulled alongside him to have the better line. As the two tussled, Hamilton tried to take advantage only to get caught out in it all. Bits of Vettel’s bodywork saw him pit for a new nose while Hamilton had to come in for new rubber as his W08 suffered a puncture. They were P19 and P20 after the first lap.

Hamilton asked Mercedes if they believed Vettel “hit me deliberately?” The stewards looked at the two drivers, and Verstappen, and ruled “no investigation necessary.”

After his lap 1 antics Verstappen had a rather quiet afternoon in Mexico as he built up an eight-second lead over Valtteri Bottas – and lapped Hamilton on lap 22 of the 71-lap grand prix – before his one and only pit stop.

The Red Bull racer continued on unchallenged as he stormed to his third Formula 1 race win, beating Bottas to the chequered flag by 20 seconds and lapping everyone up to and including fifth place.

Kimi Raikkonen, who dropped to seventh on the opening lap, recovered to finish third with his final pass of the day being a leapfrog of Esteban Ocon in the pits.

As for Vettel and Hamilton, the Ferrari driver had an easier time working his way through the traffic and was running fourth with 12 laps reamining while Hamilton had only just made it inside the points in tenth place.

Mercedes put the Brit’s concerns to rest as they informed him that Vettel had to finish second in order to stand any chance of keeping the championship alive. Asked if P2 was possible for the Ferrari driver, Mercedes replied: “Negative.”

With 23 seconds separating Vettel and Raikkonen, the German said: “Mamma mia! That’s a little bit too much.” Vettel finished in fourth place while Hamilton was ninth after a late battle – and contact – with Fernando Alonso.

Esteban Ocon was fifth ahead of Lance Stroll as F1’s youngsters shone in Mexico City. They finished ahead of Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen and Hamilton.

Alonso, who had an early battle with Romain Grosjean that resulted in a five-second time penalty for the Haas driver and also contact between the two drivers, was tenth.

Five drivers did not reach the chequered flag. Daniel Ricciardo, who started P16 due to engine penalties, had a great start as he climbed to seventh only to retire the car on lap 6. Nico Hulkenberg retired on lap 25 with an ERS issue. Renault told the driver: “Stop the car Nico. The car is not safe. Not safe. Get out quickly.”

Complaining that he was “losing a lot of power”, Brendon Hartley added his name to the list of retirements on lap 32, bringing out the Virtual Safety Car, while Marcus Ericsson pulled into the pits with his Sauber on fire on lap 57. Carlos Sainz parked his Renault with nine laps remaining.

Result

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.26.550
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +19.6
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 54.0
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 70.0
5 Esteban Ocon Force India 1 lap
6 Lance Stroll Williams 1 lap
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1 lap
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 lap
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1 lap
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1 lap
11 Felipe Massa Williams 1 lap
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1 lap
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1 lap
14 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 2 laps
15 Romain Grosjean Haas 2 laps

Did not finish

Sainz Renault
Ericsson Sauber engine
Hartley Toro Rosso engine
Hulkenberg Renault ERS
Ricciardo Red Bull MGU-H

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Ricciardo: We can stay top all weekend

Daniel Ricciardo is not in the least bit surprised about just how competitive Red Bull are after he topped the first two practice sessions in Singapore.

The Aussie set track record after track record with Max Verstappen also highlighting Red Bull’s strength at the Marina Bay circuit with a P2 finish at the end of the FP2.

Red Bull, who have come armed to Singapore with a new bargeboard – which is pretty much a carbon-copy of Ferrari’s – have had their eyes set on this weekend for quite some time and Ricciardo revealed that the first two practice sessions went as expected.

“I expected this to be honest. I knew we’d come here with a good car. I felt prepared. We need to make sure we keep that tomorrow. I have a lot of faith we can stay here all weekend,” Ricciardo told Sky F1.

“Seb was up there this morning so I think Ferrari will get it together. I’m sure it will tighten up tomorrow but I think we can stay here.”

Ferrari are languishing down the leaderboard and looked off the pace in FP2, even though Sebastian Vettel was unable to put a hot lap together because of traffic and a collision with the barrier.

Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Niki Lauda was expected Ferrari to dominate here but now is worried by the threat posed by Red Bull.

“I said Ferrari could be a problem and now it’s Red Bull,” Lauda revealed to Sky F1.

“From what I have seen today, Red Bull are outstanding.

“It was a little worse for us than I expected but for some reason, Ferrari are slower. I don’t know why.”

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Everything you need to know about the Italian Grand Prix

After a tense encounter in Belgium last weekend, the F1 roadshow moves on to Italy where the Ferrari faithful are sure to be out in full force.

Venue: Monza, north of Milan.

Weather forecast: Changeable weather is expected with thunderstorms predicted for Friday and Saturday, while race day is forecast to be dry, but with some cloud cover. Temperatures will range from a high of 24 degrees during the day to as low as 13 degrees in the evenings.

Circuit: Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Laps: 53

Track length: 5.7934km

Race distance: 306.720km

Lap record: 1:21.046 (Rubens Barrichello, 2004)

Tyre allocation: Medium, soft, supersoft

DRS Zones: Between Turn 7 and Turn 8 and on the start/finish straight

Last five winners in Italy:

2016: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2015: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2014: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2012: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

Broadcast schedule (All times are HKT)

Friday, 1st September

Practice 1 – 15:55-17:35
Practice 2 – 19:55-21:35

Saturday, 2nd September

Practice 3 – 16:55-18:05
Qualifying – 19:30-21:30

Sunday, 3rd September
Main Race – 19:00-22:30

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Six things we learned from the Belgian Grand Prix

Formula 1 returned to the track (after its customary summer break) this past weekend as the fastest show in the world descended upon the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The race delivered its action in instalments, rather than being all-out-drama from start to finish, but was kept intriguing due to the simmering duel between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel at the front of things. In the end, it was the Mercedes man who triumphed, securing a significant win, but there were several other things to learn from F1’s visit to Spa…

Better than expected for Ferrari

The fast, flowing layout of the Spa circuit, coupled with several long, full-throttle sections, meant that Mercedes were the firm favourites heading into the weekend. While they made good on that expectation via a fine win for Hamilton, Ferrari can leave Belgium in the knowledge that proceedings could have gone a lot worse. The last time the sport visited a fast and flowing circuit was at Silverstone, where Mercedes utterly put Ferrari to the sword. However, the Scuderia appear to have made some progress in this area of weakness in the interim, and while Hamilton was all but impervious out front on Sunday, Ferrari had the pace to keep him honest. Vettel even had a shot at victory in the closing stages, and while it was ultimately not to be, Ferrari can look forward to their home race at Monza this weekend with more optimism than some may have expected.

A blow for Bottas

Two pole positions, two victories, and third place in the title battle. Things could certainly be going worse for Valtteri Bottas. The good news for the new man at Mercedes is that he has, at times, displayed the electric pace required to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Hamilton and Vettel. The bad news is that those two drivers perform at that level every weekend, while Bottas has only been doing so about 50% of the time. The costly mistake in the closing stages of yesterday’s race that saw Bottas drop from P3 to P5 means that he now trails Hamilton by 34 points, and Vettel by 41. Those margins are by no means impossible to turn around, but unless some misfortune befalls his two rivals, Bottas’ bid for the title may be all but faded away. It isn’t impossible for the Silver Finn, just a little unlikely.

The Force India flop

Force India were looking set for a useful result in Spa, with both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon spending most of the race in the top ten. However, their controversial collision (for which neither driver was willing to accept responsibility) on lap 30 of the race put paid to most of their good work. The underlying issue at the team has been that they have a young driver who is fast and constantly improving, coupled with a more experienced driver who wants to protect his status as team leader.

The result has been a series of unnecessary and unsavoury incidents between the pair, which has been to the detriment of the drivers individually, and the team as a whole. On a more positive note, Force India are largely secure in fourth place in the Constructor’s Championship, and they look likely to hold on to that position until the end of the season. However, it is also clear that the current situation between the two drivers is unsustainable, both from a performance viewpoint and in terms of team morale. It will be interesting to see how the team manages the pair from now on, especially in a future situation where a truly important result, like a potential podium finish, is at stake.

No home joy for Verstappen

Max Verstappen has suffered more than his fair share of misfortune so far in 2017, and that trend continued in Belgium as he was forced to retire due to a loss of power during the early stages of the race. The Red Bull man has now failed to finish in six out of twelve races so far this year, but to do so on a weekend where he was being cheered on by an enormous orange-clad army seems to have left him even more unimpressed than usual.

The Dutchman (who was born in Belgium) will surely be left all the more frustrated by the comparative success of Daniel Ricciardo in the sister car. The Australian has only retired three times this season, and he has made the most of his chances to claim a string of strong results, including a spectacular win in Baku. Verstappen is undoubtedly a special talent, and he has a vast amount of time on his side. He should not be hasty to leave a Red Bull team that will surely produce a lightning-fast car again at some point. However, he also knows that he should be at the front fighting for the champagne, and to be hindered from doing so while his teammate’s personal trophy cabinet grows ever larger will leave a bitter taste in his mouth.

A minor milestone for Haas

When Haas marked their F1 debut (at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix) by claiming a remarkable P6 finish with Romain Grosjean, they made clear that they hadn’t entered F1 to bring up the rear behind their more established rivals. The team enjoyed some good weekends in 2016, and some that were less good, amassing a total of 29 points in the process, which was good enough for P8 in the Constructor’s Championship. In 2017, the team has carried on its steady progress, with Grosjean’s P7 finish in Spa taking their points tally for the season to 35. With so much racing still to come, Haas, who currently sit in P7 in the Constructor’s Championship, have every opportunity to improve significantly on their debut season. The road to the front of the pack remains long and difficult, but Haas are a good advertisement of the potential for a team to enter the sport and enjoy respectable performance immediately. To be frank, after the overall failure of all three the teams that joined the grid back in 2010, F1 could do with an example of a successful newcomer.

Williams feel the heat

Williams initially entered the current season with the hope of fighting Force India for fourth place. Unfortunately for the team, even at this relatively early stage, it is clear that such an outcome is highly unlikely. Williams have endured several difficult weekends of late, and find themselves under pressure from Toro Rosso, Haas and Renault for P5 in the Constructor’s Championship. Their current tally of 45 points will leave the Grove-based squad disappointed, and to be frank, that number is rather inflated by Lance Stroll’s well-deserved but unlikely-to-be-repeated P2 finish in Baku. The team were uncharacteristically slow around Spa, with both Stroll and Felipe Massa failing to progress from Q1, and while Massa ultimately came home in P8, that result owes a significant debt to external circumstances rather than electric pace. On the whole, Williams are a team under pressure, and with their rivals behind turning up the heat, they could conceivably finish the season anywhere between P5 and P8.

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Alex Yoong previews the Hungarian Grand Prix

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether or not Lewis Hamilton can get back on top. My answer is always the same – that he never left.

He still continues to win races, and remains my favourite to win the title this year. After three years of complete domination by Mercedes, to be fighting so hard this year with Ferrari does seem like a step back for the Silver Arrows, but believe me – they’re looking very good as we enter the second half of the season.

Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari may still be leading the driver’s world championship, but all of the momentum is firmly back with Mercedes. In Austria and Britain, they have upped their development game and have improved their car considerably – to the point that Ferrari must be worried. Over the last few years Mercedes’ in season development has been second to none with only Red Bull Racing able to match them. It’s been great seeing Ferrari fighting for the championship, but over recent years they’ve not been able to show that they can match the same rate of development during a race season.

That’s why this weekend here in Hungary is such an important one for the prancing horse. They need to show that they can not only compete, but also win, and stop the momentum that Mercedes has built up over the last month or so. I hope that the updates they bring are effective this weekend, or they risk going into the summer break firmly behind Mercedes.

Hungary is tight, twisty and slow. In fact, after Monaco, it’s the slowest race on the grand prix calendar, where the chassis is important and the engine less so. McLaren have been targeting this race as the one that can bring a big haul of points – and I actually feel it’s possible for them to get their best result of the season here. They will however require a trouble free weekend for that to happen, and I’m not so sure they are quite there yet.

One team that will be electric to watch this weekend will be Red Bull Racing. They’ve made good progress with the development of their car, and have also shown pretty well on some big horsepower tracks. I have no doubt we’ll see them in the fight for pole position this weekend – and possibly the race win.

Both Red Bull Racing drivers have been driving well too, but I’m especially interested in watching Max Verstappen this weekend. He’s had a bad run of reliability lately, and is due a switch in fortunes. Coupled with a car that is starting to do well and at a track that should suit it – I’m expecting an exciting performance from the Dutchman.

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Everything you need to know about the Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to capitalise on his win at Silverstone last time out as Formula 1 heads into the 11th race of the season – the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Venue: Mogyoród near Budapest, Hungary

Weather forecast: No rain is forecast for this weekend, although conditions will be cloudy on Friday and Sunday, with Saturday expected to be clearer. Maximum temperatures are forecast to be around 26°C to 27°C on Friday and Saturday, rising to 31°C on race day, while lows could reach around between 14°C and 18°C.

Track: Hungaroring

Laps: 70

Track length: 4.381km

Lap record: 1:19.071 (Michael Schumacher, 2004)

Tyre allocation: Medium, soft, supersoft

DRS Zones: The start-finish straight and between Turn 1 and Turn 2

Last five winners in Hungary:

2016: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2014: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2013: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2012: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

Broadcast schedule

(All times are HKT)

Friday, July 28
Practice Session 1: 3.55pm – 5.35pm
Practice Session 2: 7.55pm – 9.35pm

Saturday, July 29
Practice Session 3: 4.45pm – 6.10pm
Qualifying – 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Sunday, July 30
Main Race – 7pm – 10.30pm

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Six things we learned from the British Grand Prix

Formula 1 visited its original home last weekend as the drivers did battle around Silverstone, the scene where it all began when the Formula 1 World Championship held its first race in 1950.

There were the usual scenes of gloomy skies, some rain and an enormous crowd, with Lewis Hamilton ultimately prevailing on home soil. It’s a result that draws him level with legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost on five British wins, but in addition to that, there were several other things to learn from F1’s visit to Silverstone…

A race Hamilton needed to win
At first glance, it may hardly seem that Lewis Hamilton really needed to win Sunday’s race. After all, there are still many laps to drive before the end of the season. However, for Hamilton’s own sake, it was imperative that his British weekend was a success. Supreme as his talents are, Hamilton has often shown himself to be what may be called, for lack of a better term, a “momentum driver”.

When things are going his way, he is nigh unbeatable, but tends to suffer when some aspect of his personal or professional life isn’t going as well as desired. After the disappointments he faced in Baku and Austria (neither of which were his fault) it was critical for Hamilton to deliver in front of his home fans, if only to restore the belief that his title bid is on course to succeed. His performance was exactly what the doctor ordered. He wasn’t quite at his lightning-fast best during practice, but in qualifying and on race day, he was immaculate and made it all look very easy. It’s a result that is sure to give him all the extra incentive required to fight for victory next time out in Hungary, before the sport goes on its annual summer break.



Your move, Ferrari
Ferrari worked hard to bring an engine update to Silverstone, but all their hopes of challenging Mercedes went up in smoke, and they were ultimately left with nothing but “might-have-been” moments. Hamilton had far too much for them on Saturday, and after Sebastian Vettel lost ground at the start, it was always going to be a long way back. Kimi Räikkönen fought bravely towards the front end of proceedings, but ultimately didn’t have the pace to really challenge Hamilton for victory.

Of course, all drivers and teams have a bad weekend at some point in the season, and it was unfortunate for the Scuderia that both their drivers suffered late punctures, turning an entirely acceptable double-podium finish into one podium and one P7. Regardless, the heat on Ferrari has just gone up a notch, and while the Italian outfit knows a thing or two about fighting for the title, they will be eager to respond sooner rather than later.

Bottas ticks an important box
When Valtteri Bottas initially joined Mercedes, many dismissed the Finn as a driver brought in to play second fiddle to the talents of Hamilton. With two fine victories and two pole positions to his name thus far in 2017, the new man at Mercedes is certainly pulling his own weight. A gearbox penalty and a scruffy qualifying effort left him starting Sunday’s race in P9, and with ample pressure on his shoulders to progress up the order. Bottas answered the challenge in supreme fashion, wasting no time in scything his way through the field, moving ever closer to the podium.


It was telling of his mood that after being congratulated by his race engineer for overtaking Vettel for P3, the Finn simply responded with the words “minimal talking” and proceeded to attack Raikkonen for P2. He was ultimately helped in his pursuit by an untimely puncture for the Red Finn, but given how he placed himself in the right position to take advantage of any misfortune, nobody can begrudge him a fine P2 finish. For those who had any lingering doubts that Bottas is a worthy replacement for 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, several questions will have been answered.

Plaudits in adversity for Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo entered the British Grand Prix in the middle of an enviable run of form, with five consecutive trips to the podium, including a victory in Azerbaijan. It seemed that this run had come to an end, as a combination of a gearbox penalty and a turbocharger failure left the Australian starting in P19 on Sunday. However, he took the opportunity to reinforce yet again how impressive his skills are as he pulled off a string of fine overtaking manoeuvres to race his way to P5.

Especially impressive was the way he rapidly dispatched Perez, Ocon and Magnussen after his pit stop to race his way from P10 to P7. The Honey Badger showed all the tenacity that could be expected of him, and more, as he turned in a performance that duly earned him the Driver of the Day award. There was a mistake early on that dropped him from P12 back down to P18, but other than that, Ricciardo showed yet again why he is so highly prized by Red Bull as he put his head down and clawed his way back to the sharp end of the field.

Some reward for Verstappen at last
Max Verstappen’s horror run of five retirements in seven races must surely rank as the worst period of the Dutch youngster’s career, but fortunately, it was a run that ended at Silverstone. The Red Bull man lined up in a handy P4 on the grid and zoomed off the line to take P3 from the Ferrari of Vettel. From there, he made it his business to frustrate the championship leader, stubbornly refusing to give way to the German as they went wheel-to-wheel on several occasions.


For their part, the capacity crowd roared their appreciation as Verstappen smartly positioned his Red Bull perfectly lap after lap and fearlessly fought Vettel for the position. In the end, the Dutchman lost P3 when sharp work by the Ferrari pit crew ensured that Vettel pulled off an undercut, but at least he’s back fighting for the champagne, which is where he belongs. A P4 finish pales a little in comparison to the recent results enjoyed by Ricciardo in the sister car, but hopefully for Verstappen, Silverstone marked the beginning of a better spell. It really is a pity that Red Bull are still some way off the pace set by Mercedes and Ferrari, because it is becoming clearer by the weekend that both Verstappen and Ricciardo would be capable of the sublime, if only they had slightly better tools at their disposal.

Not bad for a laggard
Labelled with the above unflattering term by Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne, there can be little doubt that Kimi Räikkönen is under some pressure. Around Silverstone, however, it was he, and not Sebastian Vettel, that led the Ferrari charge. Räikkönen pipped the German in qualifying, and Vettel never really looked as comfortable as the Finn on race day, either, as there was always a useful margin between the two red cars.

Towards the closing stages of the race, when the pair were running in P2 and P3, there was talk of potentially swapping their positions to the benefit of Vettel’s title bid, but frankly, the German was never close enough to the Finn to make such a move feasible. There is no doubt that Vettel still remains the main man at Ferrari. There is however, also no denying the talents of Räikkönen who, it must not be forgotten, is almost 38 years old. It is only the nuances of his talents, and his ability to blend the sensational with the lacklustre, that require better definition.

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Vettel aims to put Hamilton ‘under pressure’

Sebastian Vettel is determined to seize any opportunity that arises during Sunday's British GP as he looks to overhaul pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari fell short of Hamilton's mark in qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

While the Mercedes driver claimed his fifth Silverstone pole, Kimi Raikkonen was half a second down with Vettel a further two-tenths off the pace.

But while he may have lost out in qualifying, the championship leader is determined to get the better of his title rival in the grand prix.

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"There's always an opportunity, so we'll see," he said.

"The target is to put him under pressure.

"He's been certainly very competitive all weekend, nevertheless I think it's been a positive day for us."

He added: "It's a decent result, the most important [thing] is car is good, we improved it for today and also tomorrow it should be better."

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Hamilton retains pole, cleared over block

Lewis Hamilton has retained pole position for the British Grand Prix after being cleared of wrongdoing by the stewards.

Hamilton's pole position, won by half a second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, was under threat for potentially impeding Romain Grosjean during qualifying.

The Haas driver felt that Hamilton had cost him "at least one position" when he held him up through Club corner.

The stewards looked into it and cleared Hamilton of any wrongdoing.

An FIA statement read: "The stewards concluded that while Grosjean may potentially have been affected by the presence of Hamilton at T16, he was not impeded."

Earlier Hamilton defended his actions, saying he thought he got away "without blocking" Grosjean.

"I was coming around to start my lap, Valtteri [Bottas] was up ahead, so I was, as we all do, trying to get the space.

"Behind me was one of the Force Indias, who then came in, so there was no-one behind me, but literally as I was about to get on the gas I looked in the mirror and saw there was a car coming.

"I don't know if I got in the way, and if I did I apologise, I obviously wasn't…

"I had no indication from the team that there was anyone coming, and I think I just got away without blocking him, but I need to look at the footage.

"I don't think he was that close when I pulled away, but I'll have a look."

With any potential drama behind him, Hamilton could reflect on a job very well done, finishing half a second clear of his nearest rivals in qualifying.

"I feel amazing especially with a great crowd like this,"

"Always try save the best until last.

"The final lap felt fantastic. 

"Of course I didn't expect to get a gap like that, but that's always the target. It definitely felt great and I'm very proud." 

As for the conditions, it wasn't easy for the drivers as the rain came down ahead of qualifying.

The track dried as the hour progressed allowing Hamilton to put in a lap that averaged 152.168mph, the quickest single lap of the entire 2017 Formula 1 season.

"I generally like it to be dry but these typical English conditions, this is where I grew up racing.

"So I felt very comfortable in it and the team did a fantastic job.

"And when it dried up, that high speed section was incredible."

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Everything you need to know about the British Grand Prix

The F1 roadshow heads to Silverstone this week for the tenth round of this year’s championship – the British Grand Prix.

Venue: Northamptonshire, England

Weather forecast:The weather for race weekend will be relatively warm with daytime highs hovering between 22 and 24 degrees, dropping as low as 12 degrees at night. No rain is forecast, but it will be cloudy on all three days with a slight chance of some light showers.

Track: Silverstone

Laps: 52

Track length: 5.891km

Race Distance: 306.198km

Lap record: 1:33.401 (Mark Webber, 2013)

Tyre allocation: Medium, soft, supersoft

DRS Zones: At the Wellington Straight and Hangar Straight.

Last five winners in Great Britain:

2016: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2014: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2013: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2012: Mark Webber (Red Bull)

Broadcast schedule

(All times are HKT)

Friday, July 14
Practice Session 1: 3.55pm – 5.35pm
Practice Session 2: 7.55pm – 9.35pm

Saturday, July 15
Practice Session 3: 4.45pm – 6.10pm
Qualifying – 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Sunday, July 16
Main Race – 7pm – 10.30pm

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