Hamilton has made the Northamptonshire circuit his own in recent years, winning five of the last six races, and with the fans present to boost him.
But this weekend’s event will take place behind closed doors again, creating an odd atmosphere for a venue that last year set a three-day attendance record of 340,000 people.
“It was very strange driving here because normally you are aware of it [the fans], and you know when you get here because that’s what you notice first, ”Hamilton said.
“Not seeing anyone in the stands is going to be strange. We drove here in February [for a shakedown test], and when we got here, it was like that day then. There were no crowds here, of course.
“And when you drive around those corners, there’s not a split second when you don’t see the crowds beyond the corner, and don’t see the flags, so it’s definitely going to be a lonely weekend without their energy. ”
Chances are, however, those fans will cheer Hamilton’s seventh triumph from home as the Mercedes W11 appears to be head and shoulders above its rivals this season.
Even Hamilton can’t find fault with a car that comfortably carried him to pole victory in the last two races after a tough opening weekend for the six-time F1 champion.
When asked to rate the car’s weaknesses, Hamilton struggled, saying, “It’s strong enough. No, at the moment these are not major issues.
“It should be strong enough here. There is no warping in the track here, it’s quite flat, smooth, so the car should look good here. ”
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