Formula One British Grand Prix preview


Charles Leclerc impressed for Ferrari to claim third with his teammate Sebastian Vettel languishing back in sixth.

"I couldn't get the right feel, I'm not happy with how it went".

"I believe that we have quite an efficient auto as well which means that it is not so draggy but overall we are missing a bit of grip which speaks for the deficit we have in certain corner types". "These cars all have sweet spots", said Hamilton, victor of six of this season's nine races so far. "Of course it's a race victory but it doesn't mean that we are suddenly the dominating team", said the Dutchman.

"It's good to be driving at this circuit again and the new surface seems a lot smoother than the old one, with a lot higher grip, which makes it good fun", said Vettel.

Hamilton, 31 points clear of Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, has won four of the last five races at Silverstone - losing out past year to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel after starting on pole position.

The British Racing Drivers' Club has been running Silverstone for 70 years - indeed, Silverstone is the only circuit in the United Kingdom licenced to run a GP - and we're told it's spent £50m over the last ten years to keep developing it.

"But no matter how often you go overseas or elsewhere in the world, you come back to the United Kingdom, see the countryside, this great history of Formula One, and I see my family. I think we will see straight away if we are in a good place or not for this weekend". As they go 007 style alongside the Aston Martin DB5. "The Mercs will be very quick but I think race-pace looks fine".

"There's more we can do, definitely".

Red Bull Racing and Mercedes topped Free Practices 1 and 2 respectively at the Silverstone International Circuit on Friday, as Leclerc's afternoon session effort was the only time a Ferrari driver managed to break into the top three of the standings.

"Its the first time that we've come off sale on general admission tickets in many, many years".

The close times bode well for a competitive race, and there is the added intrigue of Leclerc starting on different tyres from the Mercedes and Red Bulls around him.

"Naturally I come here, there's quite a few of us Brits but we come here to raise the flag and do the country proud, so I'm just going to try to play my part".

Renault raised their hopes with Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo seventh and eighth in the morning but they dropped down to 14th and 15th after lunch, with the Australian ahead of his German team mate. A year ago at Silverstone, Nico Hulkenberg finished fifth while Carlos Sainz was on track for points until being involved in a late crash.