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F1 2021 British Grand Prix Preview

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The 16th to 18th of July 2021 will see the drivers return to the 2021 British Grand Prix grid. Austria saw more success for Red Bull and Max Verstappen as they took yet another P1, extending their respective leads at the top of both the driver and constructors championship.

With the Mercedes of Bottas claiming P2, and another fantastic driving display by Lando Norris claiming P3 for the brit and finishing off the podium, the Mercedes of title challenger Lewis Hamilton finished in P4.

F1 British Grand Prix Track Details

Little did those laying the perimeter road to the RAF Silverstone airfield in 1942 know that they were setting down what would become one of the world’s greatest race tracks.

The Silverstone circuit was first used for a motor race in 1947 although sadly, a local sheep lost its life during the proceedings. Silverstone was the first Grand Prix, hosting the inaugural Formula 1 World Championship round on May 13th of 1950.

Despite numerous layout changes over the years, Silverstone has always maintained its essential character as one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar, while historic corners like Maggotts, Becketts, and Abbey provide some of the biggest challenges for the drivers.

First Grand Prix – 1950

Number of Laps – 52

Circuit Length – 5.891km

Race Distance – 306.198 km

Lap Record – 1:27.097 Max Verstappen (2020)

2020 British Grand Prix Race Recap

An incredible final few laps of the 2020 British Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton claim the seventh and possibly most dramatic Silverstone win of his career, despite his left-front tire letting go with half a lap still to go.

Bottas was the first to suffer as his tire deflated on Lap 50, costing him second place, before, on the very last lap, Hamilton suffered his own issue.

However, with Max Verstappen having opted to pit a few laps from the end to try and claim the fastest lap, Hamilton had enough time in hand to just cross the line first, five seconds ahead of Verstappen.

Sprint Qualification Debuts in F1

The Formula 1 British Grand Prix will be the first event to trial the Sprint Qualifying format that was announced by Formula 1 and the FIA on 26 April.

The shorter sprint qualifying race will run to about one-third of the distance of a Grand Prix. The format is designed to increase the on-track action and engage fans in a new and innovative way. It also strikes the right balance of rewarding drivers and teams on merit while also giving others the chance to battle their way through the field on Saturday to increase their race chances on Sunday.

On the Friday of the race weekend, there will be a new qualifying session after the First Free Practice that will determine the grid for the Sprint Qualifying on Saturday.

The results of Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying will determine the grid for Sunday’s race. It has been decided that the top three finishers in Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying will receive points, with first-place receiving three points, second place two points, and third place one point.

2021 British Grand Prix Prediction

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 04: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda leads the field into turn one at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 04, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The British 2021 Grand Prix promises to be yet another exciting race, with two Brits fighting for the podium, although the Red Bull team and Max Verstappen appear to have seized control with their performances in recent races. The Mercedes team hasn’t been their usual force in recent races with Lewis Hamilton looking almost human, and Bottas who appears to have one foot out the door has struggled to make an impact outside of his P2 last time out.

No doubt Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will again be at the forefront of this race, add to the mix Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Perez, and the driver of the last few race weekends Brit Lando Norris who with a reliable car and a good strategy could very well be knocking on the door in Silverstone, the British Grand Prix is ruthless and the drivers will all be aware one mistake and its all over.

The Ferrari of Leclerc and Sainz both saw good points finish last time out in Austria keeping them on the tail of the McLaren in the constructor’s championship. Ricciardo still struggling to put in the performances that we are seeing from his teammate at McLaren appears to be testing the patience of the McLaren hierarchy.

Sebastian Vettel with a DNF last time out something he will be looking to leave behind him and regain his recent impressive form in the Aston Martin joined by Stroll who again finished in the points in Austria keeping the Aston Martin ticking over nicely in the constructor’s championship.

Gasly again scoring important points for the Alpha Tauri in Austria will be looking for another strong finish, Tsunoda finished just outside the points in P12 in Austria the rookie will be looking to get in the points this time around. Alonso has discovered some decent pace recently and with his experience is a good bet for a points finish here, Ocon has struggled in recent races with reliability issues and will be hoping for a clear race to make a push at some points in Silverstone.

The Williams of George Russell was so unfortunate to miss out on their first points of the season in Austria what a story it would be if Russell and Williams can make it stick in Silverstone of all places.

The Alfa Romeo of Kimi will be looking to use every ounce of his experience to squeeze some Important points out in what if the rumors are true could be his last British Grand Prix in an F1 car.

The Haas team of Mick Schumacher and Mazepin will be looking to make a couple of places on the grid but a points finish is highly unlikely outside of some drama at Silverstone.

F1 British 2021 Grand Prix Prediction – Winner: Lando Norris

So, there you have it, my prediction for the 2021 British Grand Prix. Do you agree with my predictions for the Grand Prix? Leave your opinion down in the comments below!

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