Why The British Grand Prix is England’s best chance of a win this summer25 Jun
On Sunday afternoon, over 18 million British eyes were glued to the TV as England took on Panama in their second game of the 2018 World Cup. As the most watched UK TV event of the year; the England game eclipsed the likes of the Royal Wedding and Britain’s Got Talent. But is the English football World Cup fever drawing our attention away from the much higher chance of taking home an equally-renowned piece of silverware? With the most successful British driver in history taking a narrow lead over Germany’s Sebastian Vettel in the driver’s championship; the 70th Anniversary of the British Grand Prix promises to be a true racing classic. Utterly formidable on his home circuit, the chances of Lewis Hamilton leading the charge after the 6-8th July puts hope and glory back in English hands this summer.
Silverstone Grand Prix – The historic home of Formula 1
Holding the prestigious claim of being Formula 1’s first ever Grand Prix back in 1950, for many, Silverstone is the home of the sport. The circuit has seen many changes since, with the construction of the spectacular Wing being most notable, all adding to the atmosphere as you spectate from one of the circuits famous corners, such as Luffield, Woodcote and Stowe. Steeped in history there are almost too many historic moments to mention that make Silverstone truly iconic: Stirling Moss’ first victory in 1955, Niki Lauda and James Hunt’s epic duel in 1976 and Nigel Mansell’s infamous pass on Nelson Piquet in 1987 to name but a few. Possibly one of the sport’s most memorable moments also occurred in 1991, with Mansell offering Ayrton Senna a ride back to the pits after running out of fuel.
Why this year’s Grand Prix is England’s best chance of a win this summer
With 6 out of 10 (technically 7 if you include Haas’ European HQ) Formula 1 teams being based in the UK, for many on the grid, the race on the 8 July will be their home event. All will be looking for strong results from the weekend’s racing, so who has the best chance of flying the flag for England?
Despite exceptional performances in recent years, Williams Martini Racing are unlikely to stand on the podium in front of their home crowd this time out. Driver errors and a car they have acknowledged is under-performing with see them languish towards the tail-end of the midfield.
Half-way through the season, we are set for an almighty battle to claim the ‘best of the midfield’ however, being tightly fought between Force India, McLaren and Renault. Each have shown promise so far this season with a number of strong results across the board. However, with the Mercedes-powertrain equipped, a betting man would have to put their money on Force India to come out of this battle on top.
This leaves two of the sports titans to battle it out for ultimate glory on home soil. Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Mercedes AMG Petronas. A resurgence from the Milton Keynes based Red Bull squad this year has proved a thorn in the side for Mercedes, with Daniel Ricciardo heading up the charge. But, Mercedes do have an ace up their sleeve. Flying the flag dominantly for the past few years has been their star Lewis Hamilton, who, in 2017, equaled Jim Clark’s record five wins at Silverstone. This, coupled with the fact that Silverstone’s long straights and fast corners lend itself more to Mercedes’ car than that of the Red Bull means there stands a very good chance we will see an Englishman lifting the trophy for an English team come race day.
How you can be part of the action
With an unrivalled view of the on-track action, the exclusive terrace reserved for Silverstone-Six hospitality guests covers no fewer than six corners of the world-renowned circuit, including; Maggots, Becketts, Farm Curve, Village, The Loop and Aintree. As our guest, you will be treated to the finest service, exquisite cuisine and exclusive pit lane tours. Quite simply, there is no better place to experience what Formula 1 has to offer for the British Grand Prix. To find out how you can be part of the action, simply click here.
Words by Alex Wood - Momentum Social