F​1 British Gran Prix

W​hat do we potentially have to look forward to at Silverstone this weekend?

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B​ is for ... Breaking Records

I​f Lewis Hamilton can lead 103km of the race this weekend then he sets the record for the Most Kilometres lead at the British Gran Prix, beating Jim Clark's record of 1 693km.

This would mean Lewis Hamilton would hold the record for the most wins, podiums, pole positions and points scored at the track, further demonstrating his home dominance.

R​ is for ... Return of the Hulk

After Sergio Perez tested positive for the Covid 19 virus (best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to Checo), Racing Point have announced that Nico 'The Hulk' Hulkenberg will make his Gran Prix return driving for them in the British and 70th Anniversary Gran Prix.

Infamous for his podium drought, at times due to bad luck and times due to mistakes, this may present a brilliant opportunity for the German to stand on the podium. FP1 went well for him as he quickly gained performance in comparison to Canadian teammate Lance Stroll, finishing around 0.6 seconds away from the driver.

D​o you think the fairytale can be complete with Nico standing on one of the three steps?

I​ is for ... Internal Shake Up

F​errari are in crisis. After their engine trickery has been taken away they find themselves 5th in the constructors after 3 races, only finishing in the top 6 twice since the start of the season. Senior management expect the Scuderia to not be competing for wins until 2022 at the earliest.

After the Italian outfit's worst start to the season since 2009 they are rearranging the "chain of command" to simplify the process of development "to speed up the design and development on the car performance".

T​ is for ... Turbulent air

W​ith cars of more than 5m of length , a gust of wind has a big effect on a Formula One car. FP1 and FP2 demonstrated the difficult conditions at Silverstone as the reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton as well as Racing Point's Lance Stroll and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc all came a cropper to the difficult conditions.

W​ith track limits being closely monitored and new kerbs in place at the exits of turns 9 and 15, a sudden gust of wind could prove costly.

I​ is also for ... Intercoolers and Pedals

M​ore and more struggles for Sebastian Vettel after an Intercooler problem left him unable to run in FP1 and FP2 saw the 2 time British Gran Prix winner 18th in the standings, 1.2 seconds behind his Monegasque teammate, while the German fought brake problems.

S​ is for ... Set up

S​peaking of the Scuderia, the Italian outfit appear have adopted a radical approach with downforce levels, running low downforce levels to reduce their inherent drag issues and gain acceleration and speed, in order to improve qualifying performance.

L​eclerc seemed more comfortable in the car, saying: "the quali pace is a bit better than we expected, to be honest. This is good.

"​It seems to pay off in qualifying but it doesn't in the race."

H​ is for ... Hope on the Horizon

Williams have had a miserable last few seasons, breaking their record for lowest finishing position and points two years in a row, but the team are optimistic that new updated parts being fitted on both cars for the first time this weekend will allow them to further their push into the midfield.

F​P1 and FP2 saw a defined improvement as George Russell found himself comfortably with the bottom end of the midfield in terms of Qualifying pace. Nicholas Latifi had a difficult FP2 as a spin late on in the session found himself last with a 1.2 second gap to his teammate.

A​fter the Williams team apparently blocked any chance of a seat at Mercedes for the 22 year old George Russell his motivation has come under question. Inside sources from Williams have described a tense atmosphere between Clare Williams and her star driver, possibly putting George in the hunt for a seat elsewhere.

G​ is for ... Grosjean

I​n his post race interview after the Hungarian Gran Prix, the Frenchman opened the doors of speculation after expressing his frustration at not being able to race at the front in Formula One, suggesting he is considering a change of series for 2021.

In his 5th year with the Haas racing team, Grosjean has failed to finish in the top 10 in the Championship and has finished in the top 7 a total of 6 times in the last 3 years. His frustration may have been spurned after being used as a buffer to allow Danish teammate Magnussen to collect points at the Hungarian Gran Prix.

The 10 time podium sitter may consider a return GT racing or taking on a race seat at Stewart-Haas in NASCAR.

P​ is for ... Pressure

2​020 seems to be a season of troubles for Alex Albon. After loosing a potential win in Austria (through little fault of his own) after a collision with Lewis Hamilton, the British-Thai driver has found himself struggling for pace compared to his teammate in a car which he has described as "impossible" to drive. FP2 was another hit for Albon as he lost grip at the apex of Stowe, leading to hefty contact with the barrier.

Given the turbulent nature of Red Bull's driver selection as well as the resurgent performance of Pierre Gasly, Alex may find himself a victim of Helmut Marko's lack of patience.

The effectiveness of Red Bull's driver programme is a topic for another article (coming soon) but Albon will be feeling the heat no doubt.

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