After Valencia’s Grand Prix two weeks ago Formula 1 has taken the spectacle to another level. People crashing, last lap overtaking moves, failed pit-stops and constant moments of audible ‘wow’s around the stadium, let’s hope that the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday is similar. With team-mates Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton looking to battle it out in front of the British fans and take on the current F1 championship leader Alonso, we could be in for a treat.
Of course, the Lotus and Caterham teams will want to do well at their home grand prix too so we could see ‘never-say-die’ overtaking moves, ultra quick pit stops and plenty of British Bulldog fight about the UK drivers. As the BBC always brings much more fluid and better coverage than other TV stations we’re going to be blessed with information from Friday’s testing – although you can listen live online, BBC Radio 5 Live and on the Red Button -, as well as Saturday’s qualifying which if it’s anything like Valencia’s qualifying then it’s going to be just as fun to watch as the race! – and of course, on Sunday 8th July we have the race starting live at 12:55pm but the show starts on BBC One, One HD and Online at 12:05 for the build-up.
The race will last until 15:30pm, so it’ll be the perfect time to enjoy your Sunday Lunch after the race, and if you want to chat about the race then the forum is open for an hour at 15:30pm. Despite the Brits being confident about winning at Silverstone it’s Ferrari’s Massa and Alonso that are the most confident. Although the Ferrari is in dire need of an upgrade – as is Hamilton’s car – the Ferrari is very quick and with two extremely fast drivers anything is possible. The Prancing Horse is suited to the long sweeping corners of Silverstone and would only come unstuck in the tighter, complex section. However, 66% of the track is fast, high-speed corners that take it out of the drivers from the G forces and this is where we could see the rears of the Ferraris pull away towards the horizon.
Money will certainly be going on Sebastian Vettel, who retired from the European Gran Prix with a failed alternator, after dominating most of the race, and the Red Bull has been changed completely for Silverstone so we could see him launch to the front again. However, as always with the new style of qualifying it’s those flying laps that count in helping the drivers get race position on the grid for Sunday’s race.
Of course, most teams are going to announce that their cars are going to be the best but McLaren’s director Sam Michael thinks that their car will suit the high-speed nature of the Midlands-based track. Will top speeds reaching higher than other tracks and fast turns, as well as the driver’s on board ‘boost’ button we could see some tasty overtaking moves throughout the race and the McLarens will be the ones to watch, especially with Hamilton angry at being tagged on the final lap in Valencia which put him out of the race and the points.
We’ll have to wait and see what qualifying holds for the teams and that begins on Saturday at 12:00pm on BBC1, so don’t miss it! You can watch it live as always, though if you are in some crazy time zone don’t forget the whole thing is available at any time in the next 7 days. Also those of you with a SkyGo account can watch the Sky F1 abroad too, depending on your account type you will get full access to the multiviews as well. Identity Cloaker covers you for all your F1 TV abroad needs!