5 HEADLINES TO WATCH OUT FOR ON RACE DAY AT SILVERSTONE
What an amazing qualifying! Valtteri Bottas, against all the odds, took pole position at Silverstone by just 0.006 seconds. Charles Leclerc was within a tenth of a second of pole, but nevertheless the Monegasque was in a soild third place and could challenge the Mercedes's at the start of the race as he starts on the softer compound tyre. Meanwhile Max Verstappen will have round two with Leclerc after Austria starting P4, with both Renault's making the top ten as well. Here are five headlines to watch out for on race day at Silverstone.
AN AWESOME SHOWDOWN BETWEEN BOTTAS AND HAMILTON
Well, I don't think anyone was expecting Valtteri Bottas to take his fourth pole position of the year, and first since Spain at Silverstone, and by the margin of just 0.006 seconds, but nevertheless, the Finn claimed his eleventh career pole position, and a great chance to fight back against Hamilton, who has been on a role ever since Spain.
But it won't be easy. Hamilton, a master of Silverstone will attempt to fight back, and we're probably looking at the biggest battle between the two since Bottas joined the team in 2017. Could this be the turning point in the championship? Or the race like Rosberg and Hamilton had in Spain 2016, that could change the future of Mercedes forever? Maybe that's a bit too much, but it is certainly pivotal in the championship fight.
CAN RED BULL AND FERRARI CHALLENGE MERCEDES?
Mercedes are the clear favourites after taking qualifying and the race pace in FP2, but the Red Bull's and Ferrari's are evenly matched in race pace. We could be expecting an awesome four way race for the final spot in the podium.
Verstappen, on a role after Austria, is just Mr. Consistent, finishing in the top five in every race since the start of the season, will start in P4 and looks to be having a second duel with Charles Leclerc, who came oh-so-close to taking pole position, but in the end had to finish in third place.
Then we have Pierre Gasly with his best qualifying on P5, with Sebastian Vettel on a disappointing P6, but one thing could affect the battle...
A DIFFICULT CHOICE BETWEEN ONE STOP AND TWO STOP
From Free Practice on Friday, we saw that, with caution, the softer compound tyres could handle the heat of the track, however it will be extremely difficult for the drivers to complete a one stop strategy.
It will be almost impossible for the group of the midfield pack who made it into Q3, who will have to start on the soft tyres. This probably means that a soft-medium-soft strategy would be the best call, and will create some intoxicating battles for us to savour (Unfortunate for Ricciardo, Norris, Albon and Hulkenberg).
Meanwhile the majority of the frontrunners are starting on the medium tyres, except for the duo of Leclerc and Vettel. This means that they are likely to go for the two stop strategy whilst the Red Bull's and Mercedes's should be opting for the one stop. Do Ferrari have the pace to make the two stop work and get onto the podium, or will Red Bull and Mercedes rull the podium?
GO GO RICCIARDO!
Well, Renault certainly fought back after being on the backfoot in Austria! Daniel Ricciardo, who hasn't finished in the points since Canada when he qualified P4, but turned the tables around and the Australian was solid throughout qualifying and ended up P7, with Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg in P10.
Can Renault finally score some solid points and bridge the gap to McLaren in the best of the rest race? Only time will tell. Currently both Ricciardo and Hulkenberg have sixteen points each, but are twenty points behind McLaren, but with Norris and Sainz Jr. 'only' eighth and thirteenth, could this be a turning point?
ALFA AND KIMI TO BE IN A STRONG POSITION ONCE MORE
It may of been slightly disappointing for the Alfa Romeo team that they weren't able to make Q3 like they did in Austria, where they qualified P6 and P8, but it turns out that locking out the sixth row of the grid could help the Swiss-Italian team.
Raikkonen will start in P12 and Antonio Giovinazzi continues to impress and will start P11. With the choice of starting on any tyre (the mediums will be the likely choice), they'll be able to go longer than the drivers in front of them who had to start on the softs (From P7-P10), which could lead Alfa Romeo to continue bridging the gap between Renault and McLaren and the rest of the grid, as they are currently in no mans land in sixth place in the constructors championship.