British Grand Prix : hould ensure it does not clash with other major sporting events, Lewis Hamilton has said before this weekend’s meeting. The five-time champion goes into his home race leading the world championship and in the form of his career but facing stiff competition for attention as he attempts to take a record sixth British GP win. The race at Silverstone goes up against England in the Cricket World Cup final, the men’s final at Wimbledon and the Tour de France.
F1 fever is alive and well in the UK, and this weekend 340,000 fans will descend on the home of motorsport to watch the best of British in Hamilton, Norris and George Russell, the reigning F2 champion who despite Williams’ struggles is still catching the eye this season, while Thai-Briton Alexander Albon will not go without his own home support.
But lurking just beneath the surface is Britain’s next bright young thing – well, not as young as Norris and Russell but by all accounts one to watch over the next eight months. This is the most important time in Jack Aitken’s career, as the remainder of the Formula Two season will determine whether he lands an F1 seat next season or not.
“I want to be in a race seat, it’s as simple as that,” Aitken tells The Independent as he prepares for his home races this weekend. “That’s very difficult for anybody to achieve. The chances are always against you but being with Renault and part of their programme and having done the testing role for a couple of years now, I feel like I’m ready.”
The 2019 F1 season has reached England and the Silverstone circuit which has been punishing lazy drivers since 1950. Hamilton compared driving this course to flying a fighter jet – yup, this is a fast one. In fact this is one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar. He should know – he’s won here five times before and is going for a record sixth British Grand Prix victory.
Formula 1 is a numbers game where margins measured in thousandths of a second and millimeters can be the difference between winning and losing.
But when it comes to the big figures there are two drivers in the history of the sport who are in a class of their own — Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.