2018 British Grand Prix Preview
First Grand Prix: 1950
Number of Laps: 52
Circuit Length: 5.891 km
Lap Record: 1:30.621 (Lewis Hamilton 2017)
Pole Position 2017: 1:26.600 (Lewis Hamilton)
Race Winner 2017: Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 returns to Silverstone for the 2018 British Grand Prix. This will be the 37th Grand Prix at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton is currently the joint most successful driver at this Grand Prix with 5 wins. However, a win this weekend would see him at the top alone. The average speed of a lap is 145mph showing the need for bravery, power and skill to succeed in this race.
Last week’s Austrian Grand Prix saw a disastrous double retirement for Mercedes which leaves Lewis Hamilton 1 point behind Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship and Mercedes 10 points behind Ferrari in the constructor’s championship.
Kimi Raikkonen had the better weekend of the two Finnish drivers as a promising weekend for Valteri Bottas was ruined by a retirement on the 15th lap after he had claimed a pole.
Red Bull will be hoping for another weekend like Austria where a combination of luck, speed and strategy saw them claim their first victory at their home circuit. Daniel Ricciardo will, however, be hoping for a better weekend after he was forced to retire from the race. A third DRS zone had been added to the Grand Prix with the hope of increasing the amount of overtakes, drama and excitement in the race.
When is the British Grand Prix?
Practise one and two take place on Friday between 10:00-15:30. With practise three starting at 11:00 on Saturday before Qualifying begins at 14:00. The race starts at 14:10 on Sunday afternoon and will be available to catch live at your local Walkabout!