British Grand Prix 2018
The 2018 British Formula One Grand Prix is set to be held on Sunday 8th July at the Silverstone Circuit.
The famous Silverstone Circuit is regarded as being the home of British Motorsport and served as a bomber station during World War 2. The 2018 British Grand Prix will mark that the 68th time that the Grand Prix will be held at the circuit. It has been held there every year since the inaugural Formula One season in 1950.
Along with the Italian Grand Prix, Silverstone is one of two Formula One World Championship Grand Prix which have been held during every season in which the Championship has been held. It also had the designation of the European Grand Prix five times between 1950 and 1977.
Since the first race was held at Silverstone in 1950, the track has undergone major changes. The most drastic arguably came in 2010 when the old perimeter layout was altered and a new infield section was created. The track is one of the favourites of F1 drivers and has one of the shortest laps on the calendar. Pole position is taken at an average speed of 150 mph and the power units of the cars have to work hard on the track as there are long periods of full throttle.
The area also experiences unpredictable weather which makes it one of the most exciting races for fans to watch. The Silverstone Grand Prix is one of the most hyped up events on the Formula One calendar due to the passion towards the sport from the British public and the rich history attached to the event. Many of the newer races on the calendar can simply not generate the same atmosphere was Silverstone creates.
Jim Clark, Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton all share the record for most wins at the circuit with five apiece. The 33-year-old Hamilton has a chance to make the record for most wins at the circuit if he wins the race in his home country this year.If Hamilton wins, he will also break the record of Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio and British Jim Clark who both won their home Grand Prix four times in a row.
Hamilton has also been in terrific form at Silverstone during recent years as he has won the race during the past four consecutive seasons. The last time that Hamilton did not win the race dates back to 2013 when his former Mercedes team-mate Niko Rosberg won.
Hamilton who is currently 2nd on the Driver’s standings with 145 points, behind Sebastian Vettel by only one point, will be the favourite to win the race at this point. The reason for this is due to his recent form at the track as well as due to the fact that he will be motivated as ever to catch up to leader Vettel.
Vettel will be another contender who can win the race as will be Max Verstappen who won the last race which was held in Austria on Sunday.