KartCMP1: British Grand Prix pre-race notes

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A new era dawns upon Formula 1 with the arrival of Sprint Qualifying, as the stress of what is becoming a must win scenario intensifies at Mercedes.

Here’s what’s happening heading into Round 10 in Silverstone.

Race Information

2021 British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit

  • Date: 16 – 18 July 2021
  • Circuit Length: 5.891km
  • Race Distance: 306.198m
  • Number of laps: 52
  • Official Lap Record: 1:27.097 | Max Verstappen | Red Bull Honda | 2020
  • Turns: 18 (8 left, 10 right)
  • DRS Zones: 2
  • Tyre Compounds: C1-Hard | C2-Medium | C3-Soft [Hardest-Range]

Top Stories

  • Sunshine and 27⁰C, fantastic weather in store for this weekend’s British GP.
  • Saturday Sprint race, F1’s new race weekend format arrives at Silverstone.
  • Lando Norris was unharmed but shaken after being mugged at the Euro 2020 finale.
  • Alfa Romeo and Sauber sign multi-year agreement.
  • Mark White to become Operations Director of Aston Martin F1 Team.
  • Hamilton Commission makes 10 recommendations in first report on representation of black people in motorsport.
  • F1 sets out three diversity and inclusion commitments.
  • Roger Penske doesn’t see F1 at Indy for foreseeable future.
  • Former F1 driver Carlos Reutemann dies aged 79.
  • Australian GP has been cancelled.

Top Quotes

  • Lawrence Stroll [Aston Martin] “With the best tools and the best people, you need the best processes in any business in order to win, and that’s discipline, management, winning culture – something I’ve been able to instil very well in my previous organizations; And lastly you need the financial muscle and power to be able to fund points 1, 2 and 3.”
  • Andreas Seidl [McLaren] “A big challenge is as well, to obviously have only one free practice session of one hour before the car is pretty much frozen in parc fermé so I guess more than ever the emphasis is being as prepared as possible, making sure you have a clean 60-minute session where you try not to go too fancy because you simply have no time to do big testing and so on.”
  • Max Verstappen [Red Bull] “I’m hoping of course to come out of that race with 29 points.”
  • Toto Wolff [Mercedes] “I think we’re going to Silverstone, blow everyone away, finish one and two and 30 seconds away from everybody else.”
  • Christian Horner [Red Bull] “It is great to see them finally pressurized and it is great to see that it is us that is enabled to take the fight to Mercedes.”

Memorable British Grand Prix Moments

  • Hamilton completes final lap in anger and wins with flat left front tyre | 2020
  • “Pubegate”, Norris loses control of a joke from Riccardo during press-conference | 2019
  • Charles Leclerc v. Max Verstappen – Austrian GP pay back | 2019
  • Ferrari double trouble, two left front tyre failures within seconds | 2017
  • Mark Webber v. Sebastian Vettel – slamming glass on table | 2010
  • Hamilton’s first home win and a wet-weather masterclass | 2008
  • “We’ve got a lunatic on the track down the Hanger straight” | 2003
  • Michael Schumacher breaks a leg | 1999
  • Michael Schumacher wins in pit lane as Ferrari outsmart the rules | 1998
  • Nigel Mansell’s popular win at home | 1992

Race Stewards

  • Nish Shetty | F1 Steward
  • Dennis Dean | FIA WMSC Member, F2, Formula E Steward
  • Loïc Bacquelaine | Formula 3 Steward
  • Emanuele Pirro | Former F1 Driver
  • Eric Cowcill | National Steward

2020 British Grand Prix Results

  1. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 1:28.01.283
  2. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Racing Honda | +5.856
  3. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | +18.474
  4. Daniel Ricciardo | Renault | +19.650
  5. Lando Norris | McLaren Renault | +22.277
  6. Esteban Ocon | Renault | +26.937
  7. Pierre Gasly | AlphaTauri Honda | +31.188
  8. Alexander Albon | Red Bull Racing Honda | +32.670
  9. Lance Stroll | Racing Point Mercedes | +37.311
  10. Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | +41.857
  11. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +42.167
  12. George Russell | Williams Mercedes | +52.004
  13. Carlos Sainz | McLaren Renault | +53.370
  14. Antonio Giovinazzi | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +54.205
  15. Nicholas Latifi | Williams Mercedes | +54.549
  16. Romain Grosjean | Haas Ferrari | +55.050
  17. Kimi Raikkonen | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 LAP
  18. Daniil Kvyat | AlphaTauri Honda | DNF
  19. Kevin Magnussen | Haas Ferrari | DNF
  20. Nico Hulkenberg | Racing Point Mercedes | DNS

British Grand Prix Previous Five Winners

  • 2020 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2019 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2018 Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari
  • 2017 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2016 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes

Previously in F1: 2021 Austrian Grand Prix

Top Five

  1. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Honda | 1:23:54.543
  2. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +17.973
  3. Lando Norris | McLaren Mercedes | +20.019
  4. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | +46.452
  5. Carlos Sainz | Ferrari | +57.144

Best Driver

  • Max Verstappen

Best Team

  • Red Bull

“UH-OH”s

  • The FIA
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Lewis Hamilton

“Way To Go”s

  • Max Verstappen
  • George Russell
  • Lando Norris

2021 Drivers’ Championship Standings

  1. 182 | Max Verstappen
  2. 150 | Lewis Hamilton | -32
  3. 104 | Sergio Perez | -78
  4. 101 | Lando Norris | -81
  5.   92 | Valtteri Bottas | -90
  6.   62 | Charles Leclerc | -120
  7.   60 | Carlos Sainz | -122
  8.   40 | Daniel Ricciardo | -142
  9.   39 | Pierre Gasly | -143
  10. 30 | Sebastian Vettel | -152
  11. 20 | Fernando Alonso | -162
  12. 14 | Lance Stroll | -168
  13. 12 | Esteban Ocon | -170
  14.   9 | Yuki Tsunoda | -173
  15.   1 | Kimi Raikkonen | -181
  16.   1 | Antonio Giovinazzi | -181
  17.   0 | George Russell | -182
  18.   0 | Mick Schumacher | -182
  19.   0 | Nikita Mazepin | -182
  20.   0 | Nicholas Latifi  | -182

2021 Constructors’ Championship Standings

  1. 286 | Red Bull Honda
  2. 242 | Mercedes | -44
  3. 142 | McLaren Mercedes | -144
  4. 122 | Ferrari | -164
  5.   48 | AlphaTauri Honda | -238
  6.   44 | Aston Martin Mercedes | -242
  7.   32 | Alpine | -254
  8.     2 | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | -284
  9.     0 | Williams Mercedes | -286
  10.   0 | Haas Ferrari | -286