Lewis Hamilton in pursuit of British GP glory: is Valtteri Bottas the only threat?

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Watch our special UK GP opening! It’s not the same without the fans, but you will still have the best seat in the house with us on Sunday.

Watch our special UK GP opening! It’s not the same without the fans, but you will still have the best seat in the house with us on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton will aim to break another Formula 1 record today in his home British GP, and the poleman is set for another head-to-head battle with teammate Valtteri Bottas at the iconic Silverstone.

Although Sky F1’s Jenson Button also doesn’t rule out ‘superhuman’ Max Verstappen, who will start right behind in a Red Bull that looked like a racing Mercedes-challenger.

For the fourth time in a row at the start of F1 2020, Mercedes crushed rivals in qualifying with Hamilton, when they were just three-tenths ahead of Bottas on Saturday, more than a second faster than anyone with a lap. tight.

The championship leader is aiming for a seventh British GP victory on Sunday – and no driver has ever won their home race more than six times.

That, and getting closer to Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins and seven titles, may be the main motivator for Hamilton, without fans cheering on the local hero in Northamptonshire.

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Anthony Davidson explains how Lewis Hamilton made the difference in his Q3 pole battle with Valtteri Bottas at Silverstone

Anthony Davidson explains how Lewis Hamilton made the difference in his Q3 pole battle with Valtteri Bottas at Silverstone

“Normally when I tackle that weekend over there that feeling is very different, I think it’s partly excitement and also nerves when you come to this race knowing how many people are coming” Hamilton said.

“And that nervousness really comes from wanting to excel and delivering for everyone, because you’re having a pretty amazing trip together.

“And so I’m trying to keep that in mind again this weekend; even though i didn’t have the same feeling coming, knowing that no one will be there, i really try to remember the last few years and try to get it somehow. energy and use it, which is not that easy. ”

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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas had to settle for second place on the grid behind teammate Lewis Hamilton for the British Grand Prix

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas had to settle for second place on the grid behind teammate Lewis Hamilton for the British Grand Prix

Challenging and beating Hamilton will be crucial for Bottas, who was sadly knocked down by his teammate in the British GP last year after taking pole ahead of him.

He is only five points behind Hamilton in the driver’s current standings.

But could Verstappen, who has been Mercedes’ only rival to start the season and leads the front row ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, could he also be a factor with Red Bull much more confident on the long runs?

Button, the 2009 world champion, believes there will likely be a close ‘two-horse race’ up front, but added Sky Sports F1: “But maybe Max can get into the mix.

“You never know what Max can do – he’s pretty superhuman. “

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen says he has a ‘fighting chance’ to challenge both Mercedes after qualifying third ahead of British Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen says he has a ‘fighting chance’ to challenge both Mercedes after qualifying third ahead of British Grand Prix

There are several drivers to watch out for behind this front four, starting in the third row with Lando Norris, another Brit who played in qualifying in the fifth, and Lance Stroll in a quick Racing Point in the sixth.

Sebastian Vettel has a lot of work to do in the Ferrari starting in 10th, while Alex Albon expects another comeback on Sunday, 12th in a Red Bull that has nothing to do.

British GP starting grid – Top 10
1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
4. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5. Lando Norris, McLaren
6. Lance Stroll, Racing Point
7. Carlos Sainz, McLaren
8. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault
9. Esteban Ocon, Renault
10. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

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