Lewis Hamilton arrives at his home race – the British Grand Prix – with the best car on the grid at his disposal which makes him the bookies’ favourite to repeat the famous victory he scored at the venue in his championship winning year 2008. The the local hero arrives at Silverstone with one thing on his mind.
Previewing his home race, Hamilton said, “Silverstone is obviously a special race for me and the support I have there is just incredible. The British fans are the absolute best in the world and it’s really humbling to see thousands of people out there cheering you on – no matter what the weather or the result. I won the race in the wet in 2008, which was just the best feeling.”
He recollected, “I think the gap was around 60 seconds at the end, and I’d lapped everyone up to third place which was just unreal. I could never have hoped or dreamed for a race like that – especially at my home grand prix. That has to be one of the best moments of my career.”
And added, “I loved raising that gold trophy in front of the home crowds and I’m determined to get my hands on it again this year.”
Silverstone is flat as a pancake and its high speed nature rewards the brave, which is right up Hamilton’s street as he describes a lap around the former airfield:
“Silverstone is a track that really suits my style. It’s a seriously fast circuit and making sure that you have a stable car through the high-speed corners is crucial. You’re almost flat-out through the left-handed Turn One.
“Then switching direction into Turn Two and back once again for the tight hairpin of Turn Three. You’re hard on the brakes into here but it’s important to maintain speed through the corner and to quickly get back over to the right side of the track for Turn Four. This leads you out through Turn Five and down the first DRS straight of the lap.”
“You’re then into to the old part of the circuit, starting with Brooklands (Turn Six) and then Luffield (Turn Seven). Luffield is quite a long corner that just seems to roll on and on, but the best feature is that you can see all the fans in the stands on the outside of the corner which is fantastic.”
“Next, you’re heading down the original pit straight and into Copse (Turn Nine) which is one of the coolest corners around the track. It’s a quick downshift then back on the power, using all the available space on exit for maximum speed.”
The Maggotts / Becketts sequence (Turns 10 – 12) is next, which is just so fast. You need so much downforce and grip from the car to be quick through here.”
“A good exit from Chapel (Turn 13) then sets you up for the second DRS zone down the Hangar straight and into Stowe corner (Turn 15). It’s quite bumpy, but you can carry a lot of speed through here – using every bit of room on exit once again.”
“Finally, you’re hard on the brakes into the Vale / Club complex (Turns 16 – 18) which is quite slippery, with low grip compared to other sections of the track. It’s hard on the power across the line once again, and that’s a lap!”
Hamilton will be looking to close the gap on his teammate Nico Rosberg and will targeting his 27th grand prix win this weekend. (GP247)