After the controversy that befell the 2021 version of the British race, with the first lap incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen – last season’s Title protagonists – at Copse corner sending the F1 paddock into a frenzy of arguments and counter-arguments.
But if we hoped to have a more peaceful F1 weekend at Silverstone in 2022, it was not meant to be, as the Nelson Piquet saga, with the racial slur at Hamilton, that surfaced ahead of the weekend, meant the atmosphere was quite toxic before the racing even started.
Buildup towards FP1
However, enough was said about this, and now it is time to look ahead to the racing as this is the best way to overcome hardships in our beloved sport; racing our way through problems.
One of the most discussed subjects was the highly anticipated upgrade Mercedes are bringing to the W13 at their home grand prix, and whether it will sort out the troubled Silver Arrow, something that will affect how the season progresses for the eight-time Constructors’ Champions.
Mercedes brought a series of upgrades to the car including a new floor, a new rear wing, as well as updated vanes ahead of the sidepod inlets.
All in all, we should be heading towards an interesting F1 weekend at one of the best circuits on the sport’s calendar, keeping mind the English weather that is always ready to deliver a curveball into the proceedings.
Silverstone FP1 Session Highlights
Speaking of English weather, it didn’t give us any chance, as FP1 started in mixed wet and dry conditions on different sections of the track – very wet from Brooklands to Copse but dry for the rest of the lap.
The bit of sunlight was a false alarm, as the rain soon returned, and with 25 minutes remaining on the clock, all teams and drivers were back in the pits, with 11 drivers yet to set a time at that point.
Too bad for the fans who ventured in the mixed conditions, but they got a great gesture from Hamilton, who went out and waved to his home crowds in appreciation for their patience.