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F1: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes battle as British Grand Prix will get Hollywood sprinkling at Silverstone

F1: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes battle as British Grand Prix will get Hollywood sprinkling at Silverstone


On a Silverstone weekend the place the presence of Brad Pitt and the Apple Studios crew is the discuss of the city, the as of but untitled Method 1 movie’s government producer – the game’s very personal A-lister – struggled at his religious house on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton stays with out a win in 19 months since Saudi Arabia within the penultimate spherical of the 2021 season. Final yr, an exhilarating British Grand Prix gained by Carlos Sainz noticed the eight-time winner come shut, however the 38-year-old stays on an unprecedented winless streak.

This weekend, regardless of Mercedes bringing an upgraded front-wing, the follow tempo merely wasn’t there for Hamilton or his team-mate George Russell. In each periods, each drivers completed exterior the top-10.

“It’s a troublesome automotive to drive,” acknowledged a brutally sincere and demoralised Hamilton. “On a single lap, I didn’t really feel any enchancment between tyres which reveals one thing is unsuitable. So we’re lacking one thing. It didn’t really feel notably nice.

“Me and George had been simply speaking and we’re at completely different sides with the setup – we’ll attempt to do one thing tonight and hopefully we’ll provide you with one thing for tomorrow.”

As for the person on prime, no surprises right here. Max Verstappen was quickest in each follow periods underneath the sprinkling Silverstone solar and will likely be wanting to appropriate a British Grand Prix hoodoo: in eight races, the Dutchman is but to face on the highest of the rostrum. He did, nonetheless, win the one-off 70th anniversary grand prix at Silverstone in the course of the covid-impacted 2020 season.

“General, it’s been a powerful day once more,” Verstappen mentioned, not for the primary or final time in 2023. “The automotive has been performing rather well, fairly optimistic.”

Lewis Hamilton admitted his Mercedes stays a ‘powerful automotive to drive’

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As an alternative of the regularity of Crimson Bull’s dominance, the primary feel-good story on Friday was Williams’ shock tempo, predominantly from the rejuvenated Alex Albon.

Slowly however absolutely creeping up the leaderboard underneath the management of former Mercedes strategist James Vowles, Williams had a day to recollect whereas sporting a particular livery to have fun their upcoming 800th grand prix.

Albon was third-fastest in each follow periods, with American rookie team-mate Logan Sargeant becoming a member of him within the top-five within the afternoon.

Alex Albon impressed for Williams in follow on Friday

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There’s forecasted to be rain within the air in and round qualifying on Saturday, which might present a smidgeon of unpredictability in what has been a predictable order of occasions prior to now few months, with Crimson Bull’s and particularly Verstappen’s all-out domination.

As an alternative, a file 480,00 crowd at Silverstone this weekend – up by 79,000 from 2022 – will discover intrigue within the early manufacturing scenes of the highly-anticipated characteristic movie, with Pitt the star attraction.

The fictional ‘Apex’ workforce are filming scenes in and across the paddock and utilizing impressively modified F2 vehicles on monitor with stunt drivers. There are even plans for scenes to be quickly shot on the grid forward of Sunday’s grand prix.

The fictional ‘Apex’ workforce are filming on monitor this weekend

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Such is Verstappen’s supremacy, the pre-race shenanigans might symbolize probably the most leisure on Sunday forward of a British Grand Prix whose victor has by no means felt fairly so inevitable.

There’s additionally, understandably, wariness of one other Simply Cease Oil protest this weekend, after their actions at Wimbledon this week and at numerous sporting occasions this summer season, with F1 and Northamptonshire Police on excessive alert and making further provisions to make sure all of the motion goes forward with out interruption.



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