Four British drivers will start this Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton will be starting the British GP in a car other than a McLaren for the first time in his career, robbing McLaren of the all-British line up they tend to take full advantage of at the Northamptonshire based event. The twenty-eight year old has a mixed record at his home round, winning the race the first time he competed in it, but failing to finish higher than fourth in any of the following races. His hopes of a podium finish will rest on a whole lot of fan support if he hopes to beat the Bulls in what is traditionally a Red Bull/Ferrari stronghold.
Jenson Button will need more than fan support to help him to the podium, that is if he is to even finish the race in the points. The 2009 World-Champion has only recorded seven points finishes out of thirteen attempts, fourth his highest result at his home race. This apparent ‘home curse’ wont be helped by the fact that McLaren are far from the glory days, fifth place their best result so far this season.
Paul di Resta will be beginning the British Grand Prix for the third time in Formula One this Sunday. His record at the track, again, is far from ideal – 15th in 2011 and a first lap retirement last year. However, with a stronger looking Force India, who by the way are based at Silverstone, the Scot will be hoping for ‘third-time lucky’ as he chases his maiden Formula One podium.
Max Chilton is the fourth and final Briton who’ll be racing at Silverstone this weekend. Chances are Marussia’s rookie won’t be in the running for the win this weekend. Then again, it’s all about the fun – right?