Previously a World War II airfield, the track has now hosted 64 British Formula 1 Grand Prix’s. In 1950 the first race was held, when the disused WWII Aerodrome was converted into the iconic British racecourse, Silverstone. For a sport full of controversy, bitter rows and constant rule changes – Why is Formula 1 so appealing… Or is it just that?
Whilst to many F1 might feel like watching a dog chase its tail, it is not until you delve into the diagnostics of the sport that the appeal really begins to change gear. The Mercedes team drivers are looking like they will be going head to head, with Hamilton aiming for another home victory, Nico Rosberg has still got the momentum to steal his ‘plastic’ Trophy. Hamilton’s 5 second penalty in Austria crossing the line at the pit exit he was lucky it didn’t jeopardise his positioning. With Massa & Vettle far behind, Lap 70 saw a 2.2 second lead for the German.
Last season, Ferrari were rather challenging for Sebastian Vettle so it has been a real development with their team improving race by race throughout the championship. One to watch is Felipe Massa who drives with Williams. In Austria the Brazilian battled alongside Vettle to gain the last podium spot. Mclaren have dropped of the radar, as they have introduced a new manufacturer, Honda and the move from Ferrari for Fernando Alonso doesn’t seemed to have paid off.
Our IT Manager Iain who may love F1 more than his wife has given us his thoughts for this years British Grand Prix:
“With the F1 circus landing this weekend at historic Silverstone circuit, i’m keeping everything crossed for a good race weekend especially with a lot of controversy over the current state of the sport.
The Mercedes battle is certainly heating up with Lewis taking four race wins and Nico taking three but don’t discount the Ferrari powered Vettel or the Williams BMW of Massa. Unfortunately out of the three British drivers
I can only see one challenging for the race win, so come on Lewis, we are all rooting for you!”
11 races left for this Championship, so far we have seen some great performances from rookie drivers and much needed improvements starting to work for the top teams, the season will only get better. 2 years ago in 2013, Mark Webber set the World Record at Silverstone with a lap time of 1:33.401 seconds – Can it be beaten?