Coming into the weekend, the story this season has been one of pure Mercedes domination, and that is expected to continue again here, with drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton both very strong candidates for the win.
Leading Bottas two wins to one, Hamilton comes in the favourite, and indeed will be looking to add to an incredible track record at his home circuit, having won five of the last six races. For his part, Bottas will be looking to build on the pole position he earned here last year, as well as the knowledge that he had the race-pace to hold-off Hamilton in the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
If anyone is likely to disrupt their weekend, it will probably be the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Able to split the Mercs with a second-place finish in Hungary, the Dutchman has proven to be in strong form, even if his car lacks pace compared to his rivals. Conversely, Verstappen’s teammate Alexander Albon comes into this race under immense pressure. The Thai didn’t even make Q3 in Hungary and finished the race 70 seconds behind the Dutchman. If he doesn’t want the speculation over his future with the team to intensify any further, he’ll need a very strong performance here.
Looking elsewhere, the other main podium-contenders will be Racing Point – although their weekend has already been disrupted by Sergio Perez’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis – and McLaren. Ferrari too will be looking to maintain the progress they showed in Hungary, although it remains to be seen whether they can reach the front without fortunes falling their way.
Further down the grid, keep an eye on the Williams of George Russell, who will be looking to capitalise on his team’s latest upgrades to finally earn his first career points. The young Briton has qualified 12th at each of the past two races, and might finally have a car capable of delivering the same performance on a Sunday as it has on a Saturday.
Here is what the big three teams have been saying ahead of the British GP:
Mercedes: “We're looking forward to two races in Silverstone, but there's no entitlement to a good result because you had a strong showing in the past, on the contrary: a successful race will always be the result of the hard work of every single team member and we will have to bring our A-game to stay ahead of our competitors.”
Red Bull: “We know the areas we need to work on and with Silverstone being a home race close to the factory, that’s good news. Hopefully we can get a good result there, historically it’s been a pretty good track for the team, and it’s one we really enjoy driving.”
Ferrari: “It’s the first high speed track of the season and it is vital that we use the two races we have here to improve our understanding of the car. We know that from a pure competitiveness point of view it will be difficult, but we need to focus on acquiring the best information possible so that we can develop our car in the right direction.”
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