Formula 1 returns to Northamptonshire in England’s East Midlands for the tenth round of the 2018 season – the British Grand Prix. The iconic Silverstone circuit is 5.8 kilometres of some of the most jaw-dropping, speed-hungry turns and straights on the Formula 1 calendar. A former World War II aerodrome, Silverstone’s taxiways and interconnecting runways were adopted by the Royal Automobile Club in 1948 as the home for the British Grand Prix.
The 2018 event marks the third of three consecutive grands prix – the first-ever triple-header of races in Formula 1 history.
With a retirement in Austria, Lewis Hamilton conceded his championship lead to rival Sebastian Vettel, albeit by a solitary point. However, Scuderia Ferrari will now have a difficult task against Hamilton on his home soil – the reigning world champion has won his home race five times, and is unbeaten there in the V6 hybrid era since 2014. Hamilton (Azerbaijan, Spain and France) and Vettel (Australia, Bahrain and Canada) have won three races each in 2018. Daniel Ricciardo’s wins in China and Monaco, as well as Max Verstappen’s last-start win in Austria, have kept Red Bull well and truly in the fight.
Scuderia Ferrari have won the British Grand Prix a record 15 times, with McLaren second with 14 wins. However, Ferrari haven’t won there since 2011 (Fernando Alonso), while McLaren are on a ten-year drought (Hamilton, 2008). Coincidentally, Alonso now drives for McLaren.
Join us later in the afternoon for the latest updates and results from the Silverstone Circuit, as the 2018 British Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for the win.