After two rounds in Austria, Formula 1 returns next weekend with the British GP, in one of the most traditional temples of world motorsport: Silverstone. The stage will have for the first time the Sprint Qualifying, a short-duration race that will define the starting grid for Sunday. With this, teams need to adapt to the new weekend format, which will also have one less free practice, compared to what is already traditional.
The order of forces may also change, as Mercedes may be better suited to the English track, with Lewis Hamilton being able to narrow the gap to Max Verstappen, who is now 32 points in favor of the Dutchman. Based on these variables, the Brazilian Motorsport.com team gives tips before the cars enter the track.
The characteristics of the Silverstone circuit are quite different from those found in the Red Bull Ring, with Mercedes betting all its chips that it can recover over the weekend. Despite the dominance of Red Bull, Valtteri Bottas already led the first free practice in four of the nine stages, with Max Verstappen achieving another four and Sergio Pérez one. The first session on Friday will have a different script than usual, so you can imagine that Mercedes has a good chance of starting at the front. With that, the Finn can return to routine. Faster on FP1: Valtteri Bottas
Lando Norris was one of the highlights of the Austrian GP, winning a podium with third position. The home driver was coming from three fifth consecutive places and had a car damage from Lewis Hamilton and the two punishments from Sergio Pérez. The Englishman is going through a great moment, but having two of these mishaps again is more difficult, but he should be among the front drivers. Top-6: Lando Norris
Lewis Hamilton has no fewer than seven wins at Silverstone. He has literally won on the British circuit in every way, even with only three wheels in his car, as in 2020. The time is not the best, with Red Bull emerging as championship favorite, but at Silverstone everything can change. A safe bet is to point out the seven-time world champion in the top three. Top-3: Lewis Hamilton