British Grand Prix Preview

Round 10 of the 2016 Formula One World Championship brings the paddock to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. 

After Hamilton and Rosberg came together in Austria, the paddock rolls out of the Styrian mountains to Silverstone. With the Northamptonshire circuit playing host to the second stage of a back-to-back race weekend double-header. But will Hamilton take victory in front of his home fans? Or will Rosberg seek revenge for Austria?

Last time Formula One hit the track, a final lap collision between Rosberg and Hamilton left the Championship leader limping home to take fourth place. While Lewis Hamilton, being able to carry on without any substantial damage, was able to take his 46th career Grand Prix victory – and his 25th for Mercedes.

The contact however between Hamilton and Rosberg left Mercedes team bosses pondering the prospect of team-orders. A scenario neither they or Hamilton wont to be brought in. Other possible resolutions on the cards for Mercedes are the prospect of suspending either driver should they come together on track again. Or to fine the driver who is believed to have caused the collision. A matter not to be taken lightly as laying the blame at one driver other the other could cause the relationship between the drivers to become even worse.

Hamilton leading Rosberg in the 2015 British Grand Prix. Credit: Franziska

Hamilton leading Rosberg in the 2015 British Grand Prix. Credit: Franziska

At last year’s British Grand Prix, like in Austria this year, it was Lewis Hamilton taking the win. But rather than receiving the trophy on the podium to a crowd of boos like in Spielberg, Hamilton’s Silverstone victory was celebrated by the masses, who flocked to the track.

For the win, however, Hamilton had an uphill task on his hands from lights out. As the Williams duo leapt off the line to lead one-two into the first corner. Added to that were changeable conditions, with Lewis timing his switch from slicks to inters at the perfect moment. Closing off the threat to the charging Rosberg and taking on the right tyres for the worsening conditions.

Felipe Massa during the 2015 British Grand Prix. Credit: CrazyLenny2

Felipe Massa during the 2015 British Grand Prix. Credit: CrazyLenny2

Like last year, the Silverstone circuit will play to the advantages of the Williams package. While moving teams such as Red Bull further towards the leading pack.

Team’s like McLaren, however, may struggle to score well at their home Grand Prix. Even after a superb weekend in Spielberg, where Jenson Button qualified in the top five and began the race from third.

But while Williams and Red Bull move closer towards the front of the field, the team out in front are expected to be the Silver Arrows once more. With home support backing Hamilton to further reduce the now 11-point championship deficit.

Mark Webber in front of the Silverstone wing, 2012 - Copyright: Silverstone Circuit

The Silverstone Wing. Credit: Silverstone Circuit.

The current layout of the Silverstone International Circuit, on which Formula One races on, remains the same following its redevelopment in 2010. With the changes bringing in the addition of the village complex leading onto the Wellington straight. Along with the now famous Silverstone Wing.

The Maggotts, Becketts complex that makes Silverstone one of the most demanding tracks on Formula One cars, for its high-speed turns, is joined by other demanding corners such as turn one and nine.

Turn one (or Abbey) tends to be a great spectacle at the start of the race as the drivers attack the right-hander before sweeping into the newest parts of the track. As for turn nine (or Copse), drivers try to carry as much speed through the old turn one as possible, breaking late and sweeping in as close to the barrier as possible. In fact, it was here at Copse last year where one of the overtakes of the season was completed during a fierce battle between Alonso and Vettel.

Silverstone International Circuit track guide - copyright: Formula1.com

Silverstone International Circuit track guide. Copyright: Formula1.com

For the 2016 British Grand Prix, Pirelli has offered teams the choice of hard, medium and soft compound tyres. With all teams favouring the yellow-walled softs rather than the orange-walled hards. A wider variety of selections were made by the teams, on the other hand, between the hard and medium compounds.

Pirelli tyre selections for the British Grand Prix.

Pirelli tyre selections for the British Grand Prix.

For Formula One fans in Britain unable to attend their home Grand Prix in person, they can watch all the action at home on Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4, with both channels providing bumper covering of the race, qualifying, practice along with Sky’s usual coverage of the GP2 and GP3 championships.

Wednesday, July 6 (Sky Sports F1)
21:30 – Classic F1 – Britain 2003

Thursday, July 7 (Sky Sports F1)
15:00 – Drivers’ Press Conference – Live
18:00 – The F1 Show – Live from the Grid
20:45 – Paddock Uncut

Friday, July 8
09:45 – British GP Practice One – Live (Sky Sports F1)
09:55 – British GP Practice One – Live (Channel 4)
12:00 – GP2 Practice – Live (Sky Sports F1)
13:45 – British GP Practice Two – Live (Sky Sports F1)
13:55 – British GP Practice Two – Live (Channel 4)
15:55 – GP2 Qualifying – Live (Sky Sports F1)
16:30 – Team Principals’ Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
17:00 – The F1 Show – Live (Sky Sports F1)

Saturday, July 9
08:45 – GP3 Qualifying – Live (Sky Sports F1)
09:45 – British GP Practice Three – Live (Sky Sports F1)
09:55 – British GP Practice Three – Live (Channel 4)
12:00 – British GP Qualifying – Live (Sky Sports F1)
12:00 – British GP Qualifying – Live (Channel 4)
14:40 – GP2 Feature Race – Live (Sky Sports F1)
16:20 – GP3 Race One – Live (Sky Sports F1)
18:50 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook (Sky Sports F1)

Sunday, July 10
08:15 – GP3 Race Two – Live (Sky Sports F1)
09:25 – GP2 Sprint Race – Live (Sky Sports F1)
11:30 – The 2016 British GP – Track Parade – Live (Sky Sports F1)
12:00 – The 2016 British GP – Pit lane – Live (Sky Sports F1)
12:00 – The 2016 British GP – Race – Live (Channel 4)
12:30 – The 2016 British GP – Race – Live (Sky Sports F1)
15:30 – The 2016 British GP – Paddock Live (Sky Sports F1)
18:00 – The 2016 British GP highlights (Sky Sports F1)
19:00 – Ted’s Race Notebook (Sky Sports F1)
23:05 – The 2016 British GP – Race – Highlights (Channel 4)