Few circuits have such a rich history as Silverstone. The home of British motor racing is preparing to host a grand prix for the fiftieth time this weekend, and the first on-track action comes today with free practice one.
The home favorite for the weekend will be Lewis Hamilton, who is chasing his second victory on home soil following his emotional success back in 2008. With the dominant Mercedes W05 Hybrid underneath him, he has his best chance since that win of doubling up.
However, Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg is also chasing a second win at Silverstone. He made the most of Sebastian Vettel’s demise in last year’s race to claim his first British Grand Prix victory, and he will be keen on extending his championship lead over Hamilton this time around.
An interesting sub-plot is also set to unravel this weekend as Red Bull, Ferrari, Force India and Williams vie for the final podium position. We caught up with Sergio Perez yesterday in a very frank interview which you can read here.
All eyes will also be on Susie Wolff during FP1 as the Williams driver becomes the first woman in 22 years to take part in an official grand prix weekend session. Daniel Juncadella, Giedo van der Garde and Robin Frijns will also be running during FP1 as part of their reserve driver plans.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”