Lewis Hamilton chasing British GP glory: Is Valtteri Bottas solely menace?

Lewis Hamilton chasing British GP glory: Is Valtteri Bottas only threat?


Watch right now’s British GP reside on Sky F1 and Sky One at 2.10pm

By Matt Morlidge

Final Up to date: 02/08/20 9:23am










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Watch our particular British GP opener! It is not the identical with out the followers, however you will nonetheless have the perfect seat in the home with us on Sunday.

Watch our particular British GP opener! It is not the identical with out the followers, however you will nonetheless have the perfect seat in the home with us on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton might be aiming to interrupt one other System 1 file right now at his dwelling British GP, and the pole-sitter is primed for one more head-to-head battle with team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the iconic Silverstone.

Though Sky F1’s Jenson Button can also be not ruling out the “super-human” Max Verstappen, who will begin simply behind in a Purple Bull which has appeared a Mercedes-challenger in race trim.

For the fourth time in a row initially of F1 2020, Mercedes crushed their rivals in qualifying with Hamilton, whereas solely three tenths forward of Bottas on Saturday, over a second quicker than anybody else with a stonking lap.

The championship chief is aiming for a seventh British GP victory on Sunday – and no driver has ever gained their dwelling race greater than six instances.

That, and transferring nearer in the direction of Michael Schumacher’s file of 91 wins, and 7 titles, could also be the primary supply of motivation for Hamilton, with no followers cheering on the house hero in Northamptonshire.

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

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

“Usually after I method this weekend there this a lot a lot completely different feeling, I feel it is half pleasure and in addition nerves once you come to this race, realizing how many individuals do come,” mentioned Hamilton.

“And that nervousness is simply actually by simply eager to excel and ship for everyone, since you go on a reasonably unimaginable journey collectively.

“And so I attempt to preserve that in thoughts nonetheless this weekend; while I did not have that very same feeling coming, realizing that no-one’s going to be right here, I simply actually attempt to reminisce the final years and attempt to one way or the other get that power and utilise it, which isn’t really easy.”

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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas needed to accept second on the grid behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the British Grand Prix

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas needed to accept second on the grid behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the British Grand Prix

Difficult and beating Hamilton might be essential to Bottas, who was unluckily toppled by his team-mate eventually 12 months’s British GP after beginning on pole forward of him.

He’s solely 5 factors behind Hamilton within the present driver’s standings.

However may Verstappen, who has been Mercedes’ sole rival to start out the season and heads the entrance row forward of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, even be an element with Purple Bull way more assured on longer runs?

Button, the 2009 world champion, believes it’s more likely to be an in depth “two-horse race” on the entrance however added on Sky Sports activities F1: “However Max can perhaps get within the combine.

“You by no means know what Max can do – he is fairly super-human.”

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Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen says he has a ‘preventing probability’ of difficult the 2 Mercedes after qualifying third forward of the British Grand Prix

Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen says he has a ‘preventing probability’ of difficult the 2 Mercedes after qualifying third forward of the British Grand Prix

There are a number of drivers to look out for behind that entrance 4, beginning with the third row with Lando Norris one other Brit who starred in qualifying in fifth, and Lance Stroll in a quick Racing Level in sixth.

Sebastian Vettel has loads of work to do within the Ferrari from 10th, whereas Alex Albon might be anticipating one other Sunday restoration drive, down in 12th in a Purple Bull which has no enterprise being there.

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

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