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Hamilton: We need a repeat of 2008

Hamilton: We need a repeat of 2008

Hamilton: We need a repeat of 2008

Lewis Hamilton has revealed his hopes for the British Grand Prix after an upturn in performance from his team Mercedes.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team have enjoyed a climb up the running order in recent weeks. Pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix by George Russell was followed up with the Briton’s first race win of the season last weekend in Austria.

Teammate Hamilton has also seen better results following the Brackley-based outfit’s latest upgrades with a more flexible front wing. The 39-year-old secured his first Grand Prix podium of 2024 at the Spanish Grand Prix after setting the fastest laps of the race in both Monaco and Canada beforehand.

With their home race just on the horizon, both Mercedes drivers turned up the dial to lock out the front row of the grid, with Russell ahead of Hamilton by just under two tenths of a second in Qualifying.

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The pair dealt with the changeable weather conditions early on in the session and also profited off of likely damage to Championship leader Max Verstappen’s Red Bull following a trip through the gravel in Q1.

Before the British Grand Prix Hamilton revealed his expectations for the 52-lap event, his 18th participation in the historic race.

There’s nothing quite like it

Hamilton: We need a repeat of 2008

Speaking to media including GRANDPRIX247 at an IWC Schaffhausen event at the Battersea Power Station earlier in the week, Hamilton said: “Silverstone is the home Grand Prix. It’s the one that you, from a racing driver’s perspective, winning your home Grand Prix there’s nothing quite like it.

“I raced there in Formula Renault standing in the garage and looking at Kimi [Raikkonen] and [Juan Pablo] Montoya, and thinking ‘I could do that’. But it was still such a far-fetched dream at the time.

“So it’s now such a privilege to be able to go there and be in amongst it already,” stated Hamilton.

On Mercedes’ improvements in the last several race weekends, Hamilton added: “We are in a much better place. The car has been difficult, to say the least, in the last few years.

“And finally the car’s not bouncing, which is great! We finally fixed that. Earlier this year, we moved our seat position back. We fixed so many elements of the car. And George getting the win last week really shows that we are close.”

Despite starting on the front row for the race, Hamilton is still hoping for the weather to throw a spanner in the works. He continued: “I’m hoping the weather plays a bit of a part this weekend. We need some rain; we need a repeat of 2008 [British Grand Prix].”

Rain did in fact fall during practice and Qualifying, but will it affect the race as well? The British Grand Prix commences at 15:00 local time on Sunday 7 June.