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Silverstone GP Preview

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The Silverstone Grand Prix is one of the most loved races of the season at one of the most iconic tracks in the world.

As an F1 fan I know that I always look forward to the British race not only because it has the potential to provide exciting racing, but because it gives me the chance to watch a couple of my favourite drivers at their home GP. 

Last year at this fabled Grand Prix we had our first British winner since 2008, both of which happened to be Lewis Hamilton, and if there is going to be another British winner, it's going to be hard to look past that man. This is because although we have three Brits in the field two of them spend most of their time languishing at the back, although this is no fault of their own - more that their cars are simply sub-standard.


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Looking ahead to this weekend, we have a measuring stick to judge against in the way of Friday practice. Although Friday practice isn't always the best indicator of who is going to qualify where and who has the best pace, it does give some small signs.

In FP 2 Nico Rosberg topped the time charts, although he was only able to qualify second behind Hamilton. He has only managed to secure pole position once this season having lost out to his teammate on every other occasion this season.

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Splitting the two Mercs in FP2 were both Ferrari's, with Raikkonen beating out Vettel to second place. Hopefully this pace will be genuine and translate to the race, where we might see some interesting action between the four.

But in qualifying it was Williams who stole the show, leaping in to qualify third and fourth on the grid.

Looking further down the timesheets we find the Red Bulls in what has become an unfamiliar position for them this season, taking 5th and 6th.

Force India claimed this weekend that they are closing in on the pace of the Red Bull's with their constantly improving package as they add more and more of this season's parts and upgrades on what was essentially last season's car. This has been backed up by Nico Hulkenburg who finished two places behind the Red Bull's in 8th.

It seems that McLaren will continue their struggle and both cars did not make it out of first qualifying, finishing 17th and 18th on the grid.

Both cars have received upgrades from the Austria test and of course we will have Button's fellow Brit Will Stevens alongside Roberto Mehri filling the back row in the Manor Marussia's.

Hopefully this weekend will provide an exciting week of racing, with Mercedes and Ferrari fighting over the top spots as well as the ever growing midfield battle to decide the remaining points positions.

Of course as a British fan I would love to see Hamilton take this one and be the first British driver to take back-to-back British GPs since David Coulthard in '99 and '00 at Brands Hatch.

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