British GP: 5 big questions that need answers at Silverstone this weekend

The British Grand Prix weekend is here once again as the F1 circus descends on Silverstone for another year.

The track has played host to some of the most dramatic moments in the sport, from Michael Schumacher’s leg break in 1999 to Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s clash last year at Copse, which took Verstappen out of the race.

What are the big questions this weekend at Silverstone, though? We take a look…

Will Mercedes challenge for the win?

Mercedes are feeling quietly confident that Silverstone is going to favour their car a lot more than recent tracks, with the smooth circuit layout allowing them to run the car close to the ground without bouncing.

Red Bull and Ferrari are still the cars to beat, but the Merc has got good pace when everything is in its optimal window, which might be the case here.

Will Lewis Hamilton end his winless streak?

If Hamilton doesn’t win this weekend, it will be the longest time he has gone in the sport without a victory.

He has never gone more than 10 races without a victory in F1, which is some going, and is at risk of breaking that record if he is not on the top step this weekend.

He’s won here eight times before, though, so you’d not back against him pulling off a stunning result.

Can Max Verstappen earn Silverstone redemption?

Max Verstappen will be keener than most to win this Grand Prix, after what happened last year.

The Dutchman has had a superb campaign and boasts a good lead in the championship but he was in a similar position ahead of this race last year, and ended up losing out big-time to Lewis Hamilton at the end of the Grand Prix after their infamous crash.

He’ll be eager to get a good result here.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 19: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 19, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Can Charles Leclerc get back to winning ways?

Leclerc and Ferrari have been through the mill in recent weeks and Leclerc did well in the end to battle back to a fifth-place finish in Canada last time out.

However, he now sits 49 points behind Verstappen in the standings and needs to get back to winning ways if he can as soon as possible.

He has a good record at Silverstone, though, so will fancy his chances if the car is reliable.

How will home heroes fare?

This is the home Grand Prix for three drivers, plus Alex Albon who calls it a ‘half home’ race, plus several of the teams.

Aston Martin are based here in Silverstone, whilst McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams, Haas and Alpine all have at least one factory here if not their entire HQ.

It’s a race so many want to do well in, then, and all will be vying to do exactly that this weekend.

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