MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: British GP

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The British Grand Prix has a reputation for one of the most electric atmospheres in Formula 1 as the home fans come out in droves to cheer on world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The Briton has won twice before at Silverstone – in his championship years of 2008 and 2014 – and has designs on a third victory on home soil this weekend.

However, Hamilton will have to overcome Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg if he is to do so. The German driver has plenty of momentum after claiming three wins in the past four races, and is also a former winner at Silverstone.

With the heatwave that Britain is currently experiencing also set to play a part in the running this weekend, it may be a matter of which Mercedes driver can keep their cool at Silverstone.

You can read our complete preview of the British Grand Prix here.

Here’s what the MST writing team is expecting to happen this weekend. As ever, let us know your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Race WinnerLewis Hamilton. It’s hard to bet against the British driver on home soil. Hamilton has experienced some problems with his clutch in recent races, but is now reverting back to his 2014-spec one. With 140,000 fans behind him at Silverstone, I’m tipping Lewis to extend his championship lead.

Surprising FinishMcLaren. In that I’ll be surprised if they finish. Too harsh? Perhaps. The team completed a good test in Austria last week, so could be set to get back up to speed this weekend. Don’t expect miracles, though.

Most to ProveKimi Raikkonen. After a miserable run of form, Raikkonen is now under scrutiny for his 2016 seat at Ferrari. The likes of Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg are being linked with a seat at Maranello, meaning that the Finn needs to up his game and prove to Ferrari he is worth retaining.

Additional Storyline to WatchForce India’s B-spec car. A raft of upgrades will appear on the VJM08 car this weekend as Force India finally launches its B-spec car. The team has performed admirably to rank fifth in the constructors’ championship despite being behind on development, and it will be interesting to see how it progresses with these changes.

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Race WinnerLewis Hamilton. Rosberg is riding the hot hand but it seems almost sacrilegious to bet against Hamilton on home turf. He’ll be particularly keen to get back on top after losing out to Nico in three of the last four grands prix.

Surprising FinishNico Hulkenberg. He already exceeded the disposal of his machinery in Austria, and now with an update package coming, perhaps the Force India-Mercedes can end top-five on merit. Without an Indian GP on the schedule this is as close to a home race as possible for the team, based right near the track, and a great opportunity for a good result.

Most to ProveMcLaren-Honda. As ever this season, reliability and possible grid penalties are the story for McLaren heading into the weekend. Even more than a points score, simply finishing for either or both of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button must be the single goal.

Additional Storyline to Watch: Brits on home turf. We know Hamilton will ride the tidal wave of enthusiastic euphoria but what of the other drivers who are more likely to be propping up the grid, in Button and Will Stevens? Here’s hoping those two can add to the local story and outperform the disposal of their machinery, as Button has done here in the past.

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

Cadillac confirms WEC driver lineup with Chip Ganassi Racing that will race Le Mans in 2023

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Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing announced their driver lineup for a 2023 entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the sports car series that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Cadillac V-LMDh entry will be driven by Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn, who were teamed on the No. 02 Cadillac that competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi class this season and won the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The third driver will be Richard Westbrook, who will return to Ganassi after helping the team to a GT class win at Le Mans in 2018.

The team also will compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the rebranded Grand Touring Prototype premier category, which is designed for crossover between the top prototypes in IMSA and WEC. Ganassi will field a second entry at Daytona with its No. 01 Cadillac that will compete full time in IMSA with Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande.

A Ganassi spokesman said the team hopes to run its second entry in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans but only its WEC team is confirmed (an AOC invitation would be required for the IMSA team). The team also is exploring options but currently plans to have the WEC’s team base of operations in Indianapolis.

Ganassi is the first American-based prototype team to confirm its entry in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s expected that Team Penske, which raced this year’s Le Mans with a full-time WEC entry in LMP2, also will race Le Mans with Porsche’s new LMDh car that is set for IMSA, but the manufacturer has yet to confirm its driver and team lineup.

Next year will mark the return of Cadillac to Le Mans for the first time since 2002.

Before joining Ganassi last year, Lynn made 28 WEC starts since 2016, winning the LMGTE Pro class at Le Mans in 2020.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to continue with Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing,” Lynn said in a release. “It’s a huge honor to drive for Chip in any capacity but certainly on a full factory sports car program, it’s seriously cool. Cadillac has so much heritage as a luxury North American sports car brand, so to be able to represent them is a huge privilege. I’ve had a lot of fun in my first year doing it and to continue that onto the World Endurance Championship stage is fantastic.

“For me, returning to WEC is sort of what I’ve always known and it’s a bit like going into my wheelhouse. This year in IMSA was a bit different with getting to know all-new circuits and a new style of racing so 2023 will be filled with a bit more of what I’m used to with more of a European focus. I think what’s significant about WEC is without a doubt Le Mans. As a sports car race, Le Mans is the crown jewel and everything that we want to win. To be able to take Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac back to Le Mans to fight for overall honors is a huge honor and that’s something that I’m going to work tirelessly to make sure we achieve.”

Bamber won the Le Mans overall in 2015 and ’17 with Porsche teams and also was a 2019 GTLM champion in IMSA.

“I am really happy to continue at Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac,” Bamber said in a release. “I’ve loved my first season in DPi and now to continue over into the LMDh era and WEC is super exciting. Looking forward to fighting for a world championship and another Le Mans victory.

“The World Endurance Championships gives us the opportunity to race at the world’s biggest race, which is Le Mans, the crown jewel of sports car racing. I’ve been lucky enough to win it before and it’s obviously a huge goal for Cadillac and everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing. To have that goal in sight is really exciting. It’s been great to have Alex as a teammate in 2022. We’ve been able to learn and grow together in the DPi, and we have a really good partnership going into WEC. We know each other really well and believe adding Richard will be a seamless transition.”

Said Westbrook: “After four really good years at Chip Ganassi Racing, I’ve got so many friends there and I’ve always dreamt to come back one day. It just worked so well between 2016 and 2019, and I’m delighted we found a route to come together again. I can’t wait, it’s an exciting era in sports car racing right now.

“I feel like I know Alex and Earl really well. I did Le Mans with Alex in 2020 and I’ve known him for years. It feels like I’m going back with an ex-teammate and exactly the same with Earl. Although I’ve never shared a car with Earl, we’ve always done the same sort of racing be it in WEC or in IMSA. We’ve had lots of battles, including this year in our dueling Cadillacs. We’ve always gotten along quite well, and I can say we’re going to have a great year together.”

The seven-race WEC season, which also includes a stop at Spa, will begin March 17 with the 1,000 Miles of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.