It’s been an incredibly busy time for Formula 1 – both on and off the track – as the sport endures its first-ever triple header, to avoid clashing with the 2018 FIFA World Cup final held in Russia.
…for the teams, it’s a gruelling affair with three-straight Grands Prix – five in six weeks – despite all of them located within Europe.
The triple-header began with round eight in France, held for the 15th time at the Paul Ricard circuit near Le Castellet on June 24. The high tech test track hosted the first French Grand Prix since 2008, Lewis Hamilton taking his 65th win and a 14-point lead in the championship.
One week later, the sport moved 1000 kilometres north-east to Austria – and the town of Spielberg, home to the Red Bull Ring, Max Verstappen taking the brand’s first win there, and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a 1-point lead in the standings care of Mercedes first double retirement since Spain 2016.
…while this week F1 travels another 1500 kilometres to the United Kingdom, and England’s Silverstone Circuit, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.
The track, a former World World 2 bomber air base, is also where the F1 World Championship began back in 1950 – the race won by 2-time F1 World Champion Giuseppe Farina.
Across the three venues that have hosted the F1 British GP, three drivers have five wins each – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton able to become the most successful there this year should he take victory.
… the 4-time F1 World Champion’s greatest win there back in 2008 with McLaren, when he finished more than a minute ahead of BMW-Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld.
For Vettel and Ferrari, the British event is a chance to extend its standings’ lead on a home track for not only Hamilton – but also the Mercedes team.
Silverstone is in Britain’s midlands, the 5.891-kilometre circuit featuring 18 turns – eight left and 10 right – for a top speed of 330 kilometres an hour. Hamilton broke the lap record last year. While there are now three DRS zones: one on the Wellington Straight, another on the Hangar straight and a new one on the main straight.
High speed and historic, with plenty of knowledgeable fans supporting at least one of the seven teams based in England.
Forever a classic race, it’s time for lights out at Silverstone.