Formula 1 returns to Silverstone in under a month and offers up possibly one of the greatest title races of all time.
Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have dominated the championship up until the Canadian Grand Prix where both suffered technical problems which led to Australian, Daniel Ricciardo, taking his debut win. The childhood friends have been the centre of media attention focussing on the growing rift between them in the garage.
As the home country to two thirds of the teams on the grid, the British Grand Prix is always one of the most sentimentally important in the calendar. British hopes for a win will mostly centre on Hamilton; however Jenson Button should also feature among the points. His recent 4th place in Montreal could spell a much needed turn in events for the veteran with McLaren. The team, led by Eric Boullier had seen a dip in form after a positive start to the season in Melbourne where they topped the constructer’s standings.
The new regulations brought in for this season have not been to everyone’s tastes, with both ex British driver, Sir Stirling Moss, and F1 president, Bernie Ecclestone, voicing complaints over the sound of the new engines. Most however have enjoyed the many changes; with the low, deep grumble of the turbo charged V6’s the soundtrack to the very welcome fiery battles on the circuit which we have become accustomed to this season. Mercedes team boss Niki Lauda claimed that; at the forefront of technology, the sport should be obliged to promote greener engineering and drive forward its evolution.
Silverstone is the oldest event on the Formula 1 calendar. Like Barcelona it offers up several high speed corners which test the aerodynamic efficiency. The Mercedes engines have been the most successful so far this year, producing higher top speeds than their Renault and Ferrari counterparts. The Renault powered Red Bulls however show the most advanced aerodynamic package. What will be interesting at Silverstone will be whether this will sufficiently help them to maintain the recent charge they have started to mount on the Mercedes team.
Mark Webber won the great race last year; Will his Australian replacement, Daniel Ricciardo, capitalise on an impressive start to the season and snatch another win from Rosberg and Hamilton?
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