The stars of Formula One will return to action for a third straight week for this weekend’s Rolex British Grand Prix (9 a.m. ET/ESPN). There are tons of storylines surrounding this year’s race. Here are the top five.
Can Hamilton Win 5th Straight?
No other track on the F1 schedule has been as kind to Hamilton lately than his home one. Since 2014, no one has won in England other than Hamilton. With how this wild season has gone, if he can stay out of trouble, then there’s no doubt he can win his fifth straight in Silverstone. If he can win, Hamilton will become the first man to win the British Grand Prix six times, surpassing the record jointly held with Jim Clark and Alain Prost.
5th Straight Different Winner?
Hamilton is going for five straight in Britain, but can Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen or someone else make five straight different winners on the season. Since Daniel Ricciardo won in Monaco, we have had a repeat winner since. Sebastian Vettel won in Montreal and Hamilton in France. Last weekend, Max Verstappen won in Austria.
Will another new driver win on Sunday?
Bottas, has finished second twice at Silverstone (2014, 2017) although he’s only ever led one lap here (for Williams in 2015) and has never qualified in the top three on this track.
Raikkonen, finished third in this very race last year and runner-up last week.
Points Shake Up
I wrote at the start of this three race string that this stretch could make or break the championship. So far, it’s doing just that. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton by just one point. But, if Mercedes doesn’t get a double DNF last weekend, Hamilton’s double digit gap is likely much wider. If he falters this weekend, his advantage could be well gone to where it affects his title hopes.
Can Ricciardo Get Going
Since his win in Monaco, Ricciardo hasn’t finished on the podium in the last three races. At the rate things are looking, I don’t think he does on Sunday either. He has never started in the top three on this track and only has one podium here (third in 2014). Verstappen has outperformed him lately and I think he does so again this weekend.
How Much Attention Will The Race Get?
Most of the teams are based within 80 miles of the track. This is the only visit this season to this region. But, how much attention will they realistically get. England is going for a semi final trip in the World Cup. Wimbledon is going on also. There’s just a ton of sporting events going on in the country or with the teams in the country that how much attention will F1 realistically get?