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2016 British Grand Prix Preview

 

After a dramatic finish to the Austrian Grand Prix, the Formula One circus travels to Silverstone for the 2016 British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton will be heading to Silverstone in the hope to win his third British Grand Prix in succession. The Brit will also be aiming to close the gap to teammate Nico Rosberg who leads the championship by 11 points.

Mercedes lead the constructors championship by 103 points. There is no doubt that Mercedes will perform well on the high speed circuit. However, the main focus will be on the battle between Hamilton and Rosberg.

British fans don’t just have Hamilton to cheer for, with Jenson Button and Jolyon Palmer racing under the British flag.

Pascal Wehrlein and Manor will be hoping to continue their point streak into the British Grand Prix. After scoring their first points in two years in Austria, the team are looking to keep their position ahead of Sauber in the constructors.

Silverstone is a track that every driver loves. The high-speed nature of the circuit and the high-speed Maggots/Becketts section gives the drivers a thrill.

Force India driver, Nico Hulkenberg commented on his love of the track: “Corners such as Maggots and Becketts are some of the best of the season where you feel the true performance of an F1 car.”

From the high speed Magotts/Becketts section, F1 cars are thrust into the Hangar Straight where they reach up to 200mph.

Basking in history, Silverstone hosted the very first Formula 1 World Championship event in 1950. A race has always been held in Britain, but between 1955-1986 the race alternated between Aintree, Brands Hatch and Silverstone. Since 1987, Silverstone has been the home of the British Grand Prix.

Silverstone is also home to Force India, the team’s HQ just a short walk from the track. A good qualifying performance in Austria from Nico Hulkenberg, and podium finishes for Sergio Perez in Monaco and Baku, the ream are in a good position for their home race.

Britain is also home to 9 of the 11 Formula One teams. McLaren, Mercedes, Williams, Manor, Red Bull, Renault, Force India and Haas’ European base. All of these teams, except McLaren, a close distance to Silverstone, making the British Grand Prix a home race.

Pirelli have chosen to bring the Soft, Medium and Hard compounds as the high-grip asphalt is tough on tyres. Strategy and tyre choice important for a good result in this race.

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