The revamped Grand Prix Preview returns ahead of the F1 2017 British GP. Mercedes Valterri Bottas took victory last time out in Austria but who will win this weekend?
- First GP held: 1950
- Lap record: 1:33.401, Mark Webber, 2013
- Laps: 52
- Circuit length: 5.891km
- Race distance: 306.198km
- Corners: 18
- Tyre compounds available: Supersoft, Soft and Medium tyre
Drivers Championship – After Round 9
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 171pts
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 151pts
- Valterri Bottas – Mercedes – 136pts
- Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 107pts
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 83pts
Out of the current grid of drivers, Lewis Hamilton has managed to win on home turf 4 times back in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Fernando Alonso has 2 victories round here back in 2006 and 2011. Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are on 1 win apiece with their first and only wins back in 2007 and 2009. Overall, Alain Prost and Jim Clark have recorded the most amount of wins with 5 wins each.
Ferrari are the most successful constructor here with 15 wins overall and just 1 ahead of McLaren on 14. Williams haven’t had a win here since 1997 but sit 3rd on 10 wins. Mercedes are on a roll of wins, winning 2013 to 2016 while Red Bull sit on 3 wins.
Last Years Race (2016)
- Pole position: Lewis Hamilton
- Podium finishers: 1st – Lewis Hamilton, 2nd – Max Verstappen, 3rd – Nico Rosberg
- Fastest lap: 1:35.548 – Nico Rosberg
Classic GP: 2008 British GP
McLaren’s Heikki Kovalanien took his first ever career pole position ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton started 4th while Ferrari’s Felipe Massa qualified 9th.
The wet start to the race saw Hamilton shoot past Raikkonen and Webber off the start line and level with Kovalainen before turn 1. Kovalainen kept the lead ahead of Hamilton and Raikkonen. Massa spun which saw him drop to the back of the field. Hamilton managed to get past his McLaren teammate and lead by lap 5. Hamilton and Raikkonen pitted at the same time with Raikkonen not taking new tyres just fuel. Hamilton took on fresh tyres and fuel and kept his advantage.
Most took on new tyres and fuel. Had Ferrari made a mistake? Yes, the rain continued with Raikkonen and Renault’s Fernando Alonso going around on worn tyres. Raikkonen had lost 17 second to Hamilton in only 4 laps and was overtaken by Kovalainen and BMW’s Nick Heidfeld. The rain got heavier and Honda’s Rubens Barrichello pitted for the wet tyre. The track got wetter and drivers couldn’t keep the car on the track with Massa and BMW’s Robert Kubica just a couple of drivers spinning off.
Hamilton still lead ahead of Heidfeld and Barrichello. Kovalainen spun letting Raikkonen and Alonso past. Hamilton won and over 1 minute ahead of Heidfeld and Barrichello to take his first win on home soil. Raikkonen and Kovalainen finished 4th and 5th while Webber finished 10th after starting 2nd. It was the first time since 2000 that a British driver won the British GP.
Hamilton’s win put him level with Massa and Raikkonen on 48 points each. Kubica meanwhile sat in 4th on 46 points, 10 points ahead of Heidfeld in 5th.