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It has earnt a new five-year deal this week to continue on in Formula One and this weekend; the historic Silverstone circuit will host the 70th running of the British Grand Prix. Join The Roar for live updates and coverage from 11pm (AEST).
Dubbed a driver’s favourite by many and none more so than five-time race winner Lewis Hamilton, the 5.8km circuit is a balanced blend of thrilling high-speed corners, long straights and plenty of overtaking opportunities.
The 52-lap grand prix always provides great entertainment, which was evident during last year’s race, where an epic wheel-to-wheel battle between the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers ensued.
With it being a home race for most of the teams and three drivers on the grid in 2019, the British Grand Prix is always a special race on the calendar – as well as the fan presence trackside.
Taking a first pole position at Silverstone, was Valtteri Bottas who headed the front-row ahead of his Mercedes teammate in Hamilton. Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari will line up third, sharing the second row with Austrian race winner in Max Verstappen.
With Mercedes AMG in a stronger position strategically, both the Silver Arrows will start the race on the medium tyre whilst there will be some unpredictability around Leclerc and the Red Bulls starting on the faster tyre.
Reigning race winner Sebastian Vettel again has his work cut out for him from sixth on the grid, behind the Red Bull of Pierre Gasly.
Both Renaults also qualified inside the top ten, headed by Daniel Ricciardo in seventh – who is ahead of McLaren’s form driver in Lando Norris who starts his maiden home grand prix from eighth on the grid.
With both the Alfa Romeo cars missing out on top then berths, Alexander Albon snuck inside the top ten positioned in ninth for Toro Rosso.
Whilst Mercedes struggled in Austria due to cooling, the same issue won’t arise at Silverstone due to the significantly cooler conditions.
Can Hamilton from second make history on home soil and become the most winningest driver at Silverstone, or will his rivals deny the reigning world champion for a second consecutive year?
Tune in from 11pm (AEST) for live blog updates and coverage of another chapter in Formula One’s history of the British Grand Prix.