F1: British Grand Prix at Silverstone Preview

F1: British Grand Prix at Silverstone Preview

F1: British Grand Prix at Silverstone Preview


The 2017 F1 World Championship duel continues with race #10, the British Grand Prix at this weekend at Silverstone.

Liberty Media have talked a lot about preserving the history of F1 and maintaining its European heritage.

This will be the 1st race of the Liberty era at this circuit, a great opportunity for Silverstone to show why it must remain on the calendar beyond Y 2019 with a brilliantly-executed weekend and thrilling race in front of a sell-out crowd.

The British race is always 1 of the favorites of the F1 season, as it is a combination of the history, the knowledge and racing culture of the fans, and variable UK weather conditions, we can have 4 seasons in 1 day there.

Silverstone held the very 1st F1 race in Y 1950, and it has shared the hosting with Aintree and Brands Hatch,

Today, Silverstone is the British Grand Prix’s official home.

The layout of the track has seen continuous revision since the Inaugural, with the most significant change coming in Y 2010 when the old perimeter layout was altered to create a new infield section.

The 3.66-mi course consists of sweeping, high-speed corners and fast straights, making it one of the quickest laps on the calendar and a popular place for drivers.

In dry conditions, Pole position is taken at an average speed of about 150 mph, and the power units are made to work hard because there are long frames at full throttle.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel tests Formula One’s proposed Shield cockpit protection systemFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel tests Formula One’s proposed Shield cockpit protection system

And because of all the high-speed corners, and the abrasive surface, tires get a harsh workout.

Pirelli nominated the medium, soft and supersoft compounds, a softer combination than originally planned for this weekend’s action. It means drivers will likely have to make more than 1 pit stop during the race.

Remember, the weather can also be very changeable. Looking at the weather forecast, some rain is expected during both Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race.

After Friday’s practice, MercedesAMG’s Valtteri Bottas was the quickest, followed by fellow driver Lewis Hamilton and then the Ferrari Team of  Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen.

During practice, Mr. Vettel took some time out to trial the new Shield cockpit protection system (seen in the picture above) F1 organizers are looking to introduce next season.

Going into this weekend, Mr. Vettel leads the 2017 Drivers’ Championship with 171 points. Mr. Hamilton is 2nd with 151 points and Mr. Bottas is 3rd with 136 points.

In the Constructors’ Championship, MercedesAMG leads with 287 points, Ferrari is 2nd with 254 points and Red Bull is 3rd with 152 points.

Mr. Hamilton has won the last 3 British Grands Prix running.

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CNBC will air live TV coverage of both qualifying and the race, with all sessions being broadcast live on the NBC Sports app. NBCSN on same day delay and re-air qualifying Saturday.

Race day coverage begins live on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC, with qualifying being shown on Saturda

FP3 Saturday at 5:00a EDT.

Enjoy the racing this weekend.

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