F1: Silverstone GP’s future is still uncertain
F1 returns at British Grand prix this weekend with the future of the Silverstone track still in doubt. The verdict for its contract comes very soon. With the contract signing due next week, the owners of F1, Liberty Media are still considering another street track to be built in London. Liberty want a new track on the streets of London to be the face of British grand prix in the future.
This Silverstone track hosted the first F1 race in 1950, and thus has great importance in the F1 history.
Christian Horner backs the Silverstone track
Red bull team principal, Christian Horner said it would be a good decision to keep the track in the British GP with its long history and fans. A decision to remove it from the British GP would be distasteful for the sport. He said: “To lose the grand prix, and in particular to lose it from Silverstone, would be disastrous for the sport. The first-ever grand prix was held there, and seven of the 10 F1 teams are based within a 50-mile radius. F1 permeates the whole area.”
Will it be the last F1 race on this historic track?
After triggering their release clause 2 years back in the hope of a better deal, their future has hung in the balance. Liberty will only extend the contract after an agreement to all its demands. They are surely not hurrying to sign it before the race weekend. If anyhow the contract is not agreed, then this may be the last race on this track. http://alleysport.com/
Drivers backing up the track
McLaren driver Lando Norris, ahead of his debut home race, told BBC. “A lot of people would be hugely disappointed if there wasn’t a British Grand Prix, especially at Silverstone. It is such an iconic track with so much history. For a lot of drivers, Silverstone would be their number one circuit. It would be a shame if we didn’t race there again.”
Lewis Hamilton who has a record-equaling 5 British GP victories. Including four victories in succession from 2014 to 18. He would look forward to further his record this weekend.
His love affair with this track is very visible and he has always expressed his affection about the track. “It feels to me ‘not while I’m racing,’‘ he says.
On asking about the track’s contract denial he said “Not while I’m here, I’ll fight for it. This has the biggest crowd of the whole year, the biggest attendance of the season, and there’s no way I would allow that to happen. We have to fight for it.” http://alleysport.com/
Are you ready for the battle this weekend?
With the upgrades of Mclaren giving results, Mercedes having issues with the car and Ferrari back to winning ways, this race is worth a watch. A fierce midfield battle is likely between Alfa Romeo and Mclaren. Alfa too have put in upgrades which have started to pay with first points for both their drivers in the last race.
The battle upfront is going to be very aggressive with the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Valteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen giving their all to win.