British Grand Prix 2019 : The new track surface at Silverstone has helped all 10 F1 teams lap quicker than they managed 12 months ago. McLaren is again the most-improved team, lapping over two seconds quicker than they did in 2018. Front-runner Mercedes and Ferrari posted the smallest improvement, lapping seven-tenths quicker.
While Williams are almost a second and a half quicker than they were a year ago, they remained over a second slower than the next car ahead of them. The team suffered a disastrous British Grand Prix last year where problems with a new rear wing design caused both drivers to spin off during qualifying.
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton would like more of the limelight on a crowded sporting on Sunday that could see the Mercedes driver win his home British Grand Prix for a record sixth time.
“What I don’t understand is why the organisers put the race on the same day as all these other big events,” Hamilton told reporters on Thursday.
Formula 1 returns to Silverstone for the 2019 British Grand Prix, with the future of the event uncertain beyond this year.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton heads to his home race looking to make yet more history. Victory on Sunday would hand the Briton a record-breaking sixth British Grand Prix win, having won every race since 2014 barring last year.
When Formula 1 drivers talk about their favourite corners, Silverstone often appears on the list. The circuit is a high-speed test of an F1 car’s aerodynamics, and the rapid changes of direction make it stand out.
Copse is the old Turn 1 and remains hugely impressive as drivers take it flat out, while the same is now true of Abbey – the new Turn 1 – that has seen mistakes made when the DRS hasn’t been closed in time for the turn-in point.
There are still some big stops and the wide track provides overtaking opportunities too, so it’s no surprise the drivers love racing around this iconic circuit.