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F1: All eyes on Silverstone as Silver Arrows race at home

Jul 142017

The British Grand Prix; one of the jewels in the Formula One crown. While the legendary Silverstone circuit might lack the glitz and glamour of Monaco or miss the night-time spectacle of Singapore; the speed and heritage of Silverstone are a guaranteed to make it a sensational weekend for fans and teams alike.

It is also a home race for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team, who are based just eight miles away from the circuit in Brackley. The blustery former airfield is a unique setting to say the lest and attendance for the week is scheduled to top 350,000 over the four days; making it one of the biggest sporting events in Europe.

What’s more, Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his fifth victory in the British Grand Prix and will be roared on by 140,000 fans on Sunday, hoping for another victory on home turf, although he admits Ferrari and Red Bull could offer stiff competition for the top step of the podium.

"This weekend I will give everything to shine as much light and raise the flag in the best way I can and drive the best way I can. The goal is to win the British Grand Prix. I've been proud and fortunate in the last few years to do that and the aim is to do that again this weekend.

 

"I hope it is more suited to the Silver Arrows but the Ferraris are very strong so are the Red Bulls in all sections. I think it is going to be very, very close. They both did a great job in the last race. To see Red Bull up there was great for a three-way team challenge competition. I think it is going to be a spectacular British Grand Prix in that respect."

Valtteri told us: "I've definitely got some good momentum now. We've been having strong races as a team, the car is getting better and better. And it's the same for me, it's still my first year in the team, getting to know the team and car better and better, and that helps with anything. Of course with every single lap you get more and more confident with the car, so I just try to continue this good run with a good weekend here."

 

One of the talking points in Austria was Valtteri's start -- something he will try to replicate on Sunday. Valtteri continued: "I've got nothing to say, really. It was one of my best starts ever. Waiting for the lights to go off... I don't know. With starts, doing more starts, you know more or less when the lights are going to go off and sometimes you can try to go a bit more risky.

 

"To have a start like that you need to kind of gamble a little bit. If you're moving at exactly the same point when the lights go off, you're definitely to the risky side rather than on the safe side. Everyone is obviously free to try or have an idea or a guess on when the lights will go off, but that was it."

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