Lewis Hamilton prepared to face the penalty at British Grand Prix

F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain - Previews

It was a tough weekend for Mercedes in Austria, as both Silver Arrows failed to finish the race on Sunday.

Following an engine failure and a DNF, current world champion Lewis Hamilton is now one point behind Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in the championship race.

But it isn't all over yet as the Brit prepares to reclaim the championship lead on home soil at the British Grand Prix this weekend.

But Hamilton will also have his eyes on something else this weekend, that being the World Cup.

The Brit is backing England to go all the way to the final of the competition and even plans on being there himself if they do so.

That's after England managed to book their place in the quarter-finals, where they will face Sweden, following the win over Colombia on penalties.

The four-time world champion joked about how he might have to take a penalty of his own before going after his fifth successive win on home ground at Silverstone this Sunday.

“What is the penalty for missing the (post-qualifying) press conference on Saturday?” the Mercedes driver asked at conference on Thursday.

“We can talk about it. Is it negotiable? I want to be watching the game,” he smiled. “I had to watch it on my phone the other day, but at least I got to see it.”

F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain - Previews

Although, according to the schedule, England's quarter-final match kicks off as Saturday's qualifying session ends, however, the fastest three drivers then have to attend the post-qualifying conference.

Hamilton will be expected to be up there in the top three, and failing to attend the following conference could lead to penalties, which would prevent the Brit from watching the football.

England haven't won the World Cup since their home victory back in 1966, but Hamilton has assured fans that he will be backing his home nation if they make it to the final.

He said: “I’ve booked my day off, next Sunday, I’ve booked that day off, I’m like ‘keep it free because I want to be in Russia for that day, supporting them.”

Silverstone is the last of three races that have been scheduled as a triple header on successive weekends, specifically to avoid clashing with the World Cup final.

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