We arrive at Silverstone for the last act in Formula One's first (and probably last) ever triple-header. This one was put into place primarily to avoid clashing with the World Cup final on July 15. So, it has been successful in that regard. But qualifying on Saturday does clash with England's quarter final against Sweden, although in theory for about three minutes. So it's definitely possible to enjoy both. But perhaps they could have shifted it forward ten or so minutes. It's nothing like the Wimbledon Men's final clash, though. Anyway, enough about other sports. The previous two rounds in France and Austria have brought about excitement, uncertainty and a healthy changing of championship positions. Sebastian Vettel now leads the drivers' championship by a single point over Lewis Hamilton again, after the Briton's retirement at the Red Bull Ring. The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is a fantastic circuit with some legendary corners and it is always … [Read more...] about British Grand Prix 2018 preview: Lewis Hamilton hoping to create history, struggling greats and three other things to look out for
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What is it? The British Grand Prix, the tenth round of the 2018 Formula One season and the final weekend of Formula One's first ever triple-header. It takes place at Silverstone in Northants, as it has done for the past few decades. The circuit has been resurfaced since last year and also features three DRS zones, like Melbourne, Montreal and Spielberg. The new DRS zone is on the pit straight and through the first two corners, which could lead to some interesting moments in the race. When is it? The action starts with practice on Friday July 6 with qualifying on Saturday July 7 and the race taking place on Sunday July 8. What time does it start? Qualifying begins at 2pm BST on Saturday (finishing a minute or two after the England vs Sweden World Cup quarter final kicks off) and the race starts at 2.10PM BST on Sunday and does not clash with any World Cup football. How can I watch it? As ever, all the coverage is screened live on Sky Sports F1. … [Read more...] about British Grand Prix 2018: What time does the race start, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?
After the Second World War, England’s existing circuits had fallen into disrepair. And so, on the site of a wartime airfield, Silverstone Circuit was developed by the Royal Automobile Club. At the inception of the F1 World Championship in 1950, Silverstone hosted the very first round. The area is very flat mainly consisting of a series of long straights connected by fast, open corners. In more recent years, a number of modifications have been made to the corners around the Grand Prix circuit to add extra interest, and more overtaking and viewing points. The Becketts/maggots complex is rated among the best corners of any circuit. The owners, the British Racing Drivers Club, have invested heavily in the pit and paddock facilities and the grandstands and spectator areas. There are two smaller track layouts used for national racing. For Formula 1, it has been much modified to slow cars down to safe limits, but this has been done without adding chicanes. Over the winter of 1998/99, … [Read more...] about 2018 British Grand Prix, Practice 1: live results
The P Zero Ice Blue hard tyres makes its season debut at the rapid Silverstone circuit in England: known as the ‘home of British motorsport’. While the Ice The Silverstone circuit from a tyre point of view: Silverstone is one of the most demanding circuits of the year when it comes to tyres, mainly because of the series of long and fast corners that puts plenty of energy through them. The track has been completely resurfaced this year, resulting in faster asphalt with high grip but low degradation. Consequently tyres with a tread depth reduced by 0.4 mm will be used for the final time this season to reduce overheating (as was the case in Spain and France). Despite the softest tyre selection made to date at Silverstone last year, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton still won the race using a one-stop strategy. British weather is famous for its unpredictability: anything can happen during the weekend. The track is quite heavily used during the year, so it tends to rubber in … [Read more...] about 2018 British Grand Prix: Pirelli race preview
Lewis Hamilton scores for England on F1’s return to France, Alonso doesn’t care anymore, Paul Ricard makes the impossible possible as Vettel overtakes most of the field, and Leclerc impresses amid rumours about Raikkonen’s future… A day of contrasts Formula 1 returned to France, the home of grand prix racing, for the first time in a decade. Ten years is a long, long time in F1. Felipe Massa led a Ferrari 1-2 in 2008, Fernando Alonso was eighth for Renault and Lewis Hamilton could only manage 10th back then. Hamilton would go on to claim his first World Championship in that year, and since then has won three more championships, all for Mercedes, and with victory on Sunday also reclaimed the lead in the 2018 title standings. After the race, the Mercedes star was ecstatic on team radio, wishing everyone a “beautiful Sunday”, and saying ““I’m so happy for England” – a reference to the Three Lions beating Panama 6-1 in the … [Read more...] about Conclusions from the French Grand Prix
Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport has put the new engine through its paces at the French Grand Prix and apparently, it passed the test. Lewis Hamilton has claimed his 65th victory in Formula 1 and his third in 2018. Valtteri Bottas finished seventh. The Finn had to battle his way to a better spot following a crash with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the opening lap and managed to even set the fastest lap of the race. The reigning avoided the chaos from the start. The Safety Car was deployed and at the restart, Hamilton kept his lead. Meanwhile, Vettel and Bottas, hardly making it to the top 10 on the circuit, after being fitted with new car parts and soft tires, started the recovery race. Up front, Verstappen took the soft tyres as well and got back on the track ahead of Vettel. His Red Bull Racing teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, was in the fifth spot after having changed tires as well. Meanwhile, the 4-time world champion, Hamilton, was building up his lead, getting to eight seconds … [Read more...] about French Grand Prix
Share Tweet Share Share Email Lewis Hamilton claimed the maiden pole position at the 2018 French Grand Prix since the event’s return on the F1 calendar after a 10-year hiatus and the 75th of his career. The Briton was followed by his team-mate Valtteri Bottas who qualified with the second fastest time to complete a front row lockout for Mercedes. For Mercedes, it is only their second front-row lockout this season after Spain. Taking the final podium qualifying place which is the third spot on the grid was Ferrari’s, Sebastian Vettel. For the Silver Arrows squad, the momentum built smoothly from Friday to Saturday after they received an upgraded engine which they call the ‘Phase 2.1’. Hamilton dominated all three sessions of the qualifying, while the Ferraris turned around their Friday performance as expected, and pace wise slotted in between the Mercedes and the Red Bull Racing team drivers. Although the Brackley squad had the qualifying advantage here, one … [Read more...] about Qualifying Analysis – 2018 French Grand Prix
What is it? The eighth round of the 2018 Formula One season returns to Europe and to France for the first time in a decade. The Circuit Paul Ricard last hosted a Grand Prix in 1990, when home favourite Alain Prost won for Ferrari. The circuit has been modified since then but still retains some of its original character. There are 167 possible configurations of the current circuit, fact fans. When is it? The action runs from Friday June 22 until Sunday June 24. Practice takes place on the Friday with qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday, as is customary. What time does it start? Qualifying begins at 3pm BST on Saturday, whilst the race on Sunday gets under way at 3.10pm BST, both having been moved back an hour to avoid a clash with the World Cup - which is handy if you want to watch England's second group match against Panama. How can I watch it? As ever, all the coverage is screened live on Sky Sports F1. Channel 4 also have highlights for the race … [Read more...] about French Grand Prix 2018: What time does the race start, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that England's World Cup match against Panama immediately before the start of Sunday's French Grand Prix is a distraction he will be unable to resist. England's group game with the Central Americans will conclude just 20 minutes before the lights go out on Formula One's first return to France since 2008. Defending champion Hamilton, 33, heads into the race here at the Paul Ricard circuit one point adrift of his rival Sebastian Vettel. But the driver, bidding to beat the German to his fifth world championship, will have one eye on Gareth Southgate's team as they aim to secure their second victory in as many matches. "The game is on Sunday so it is going to be a little bit harder to focus on the race because I will be watching," Hamilton said. "It will be on television in the Mercedes' hospitality suite, and I am sure my engineers are going to keep an eye on it. "Whenever the World Cup comes around you are hoping for something … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton will watch England vs Panama, despite French Grand Prix starting minutes later
DRIVERS – Charles LECLERC (Sauber), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Romain GROSJEAN (Haas) PRESS CONFERENCE Charles, if we can start with you: you’re the home town hero and the first Monegasque to race here in Formula 1 since Olivier Beretta in 1994. How excited are you about the weekend ahead? Charles LECLERC: I am very excited. I mean, I have been waiting for this moment since [I was a] child. I remember watching the grand prix when I was four years old, in the exit of the first corner. I was in my best friend’s apartment, watching down the Formula 1, dreaming one day of being part of it and this day has finally happened, so I definitely can’t wait to be driving tomorrow here. Which part of Monaco are you from? CL: I’m living on the start-finish line, so pretty close to the track. And what can we expect from you this weekend? You’ve had points in consecutive races. Just how good is the car and what can you do? … [Read more...] about F1 2018: Press Conference Transcript Monaco Grand Prix