Sunday, 15 September, 2019

Hamilton expects Ferrari to up their pace at Silverstone

Silverstone2019erc.jpg Silverstone will host the British GP until at least 2024
Cary Erickson | 13 July, 2019, 12:26

However, Lewis Hamilton is concerned at the fact that Sunday's race is up against a number of other "big hitters", the final of the Cricket World Cup, which could well see England in action, and the Men's Final at Wimbledon.

To be fair, over the years the British Grand Prix has usually clashed with the Men's Final at Wimbledon, so it shouldn't really make a difference this year. "People will be switching between channels on Sunday not knowing what to watch", he added.

On an overcast and changeable morning at Silverstone, with a light sprinkling of rain during the latter part of the session, the French driver set a fastest lap of one minute 27.173 seconds, 0.456 quicker than Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas. During Hamilton's bid for a record sixth home race win, cricket coverage will switch to a secondary channel. "I come here to raise the flag and do the country proud". "It's such a privilege to be here".

"We have always said that, if it is to have a long-term future, our sport must preserve its historic venues and Silverstone and Great Britain represent the cradle of this sport, its starting point back in 1950", explains F1 boss Chase Carey. There is excitement and adrenaline going and there are pressures.

"This weekend it will be closer". In the last race in Austria two weeks ago, Hamilton started fourth and last time to replace the front wing of his Mercedes after 31 laps. "The last one was hard for us".

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After two years of intense negotiation, Silverstone signed a new deal with Formula One on Tuesday that will see it stay on the calendar until 2024.

"The prospect of not hosting a Grand Prix at Silverstone would have been devastating for everyone in the sport and I am delighted that we are here today making this positive announcement about the future".

"But clearly in view of the huge economic impact this has on the economy here, we think there are ways for us to work with local and national governments, and our new contract gives us more flexibility to do that, in ways that actually bring more value, not just to us ourselves, but also more value to the local and national economy. But certainly in the short term our focus is here on Silverstone to make sure we continue to build on the new contract".

"It feels like a long way away". Who knows whether I'll still be here by then.