It would have been difficult to imagine a Formula One calendar without a British Grand Prix. Tracks such as Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Circuit de Monaco and Circuit Gilles – Villeneuve must not be taken off the Formula One calendar.
The same applies for Silverstone and seeing the cars go through Copse, Maggots and Becketts really is something special. And Silverstone is right up there in terms of favourite tracks for Formula One drivers.
The new Silverstone Wing looks very impressive and I have no doubts we will be in for a cracking British Grand Prix weekend. And the weather might just play its part too.
Hopefully Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta will give us something to cheer about. The last two races at Silverstone have seen Red Bull come out on top. Will that change this weekend or will Red Bull make it three out of three?
You would be right in saying that Lewis Hamilton has had plenty of highs and lows this year. From his stunning win in China to disappointing results in Monaco and Canada, it has been a topsy turvy season for the 2008 World Champion.
McLaren never really had the pace to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari in Valencia last time out so I suppose 4th was the best result they could have hoped for. Finishing in the points ahead of his team-mate will have been a relief for Hamilton after what happened in Canada and Monaco.
Hamilton’s future at McLaren has been questioned in the last couple of weeks and there has been plenty of speculation about the Brit joining Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.
Having Vettel and Hamilton in the same team would be very intriguing and it would be interesting to see who would come out on top. But Lewis has a contract at McLaren and I’m sure Martin Whitmarsh and the team will do everything in their power to keep Hamilton at McLaren.
I still think Lewis can win drivers titles at McLaren and I genuinely believe we have yet to see the best of Hamilton. On any given day and given the right car, Lewis can be unbeatable.
The British Grand Prix is the perfect weekend for Lewis to get his season back on track. After disappointing weekends in Monaco and Canada, at least Lewis was able to score some points in Valencia. With the home crowd behind him, Hamilton will desperately want to get a result to please the British fans and re-ignite his 2011 season.
Winning in Canada will be Jenson Button’s highlight of 2011 so far. It has been a decent start to the season for Button but I’m sure he and Red Bull’s rivals will be concerned that Red Bull are pulling away both in the Drivers and Constructors.
Eddie Jordan was one of those who felt Jenson needs to improve on his qualifying if he is to stand a chance of winning more races. I do agree with Eddie but Red Bull are simply just too quick and its difficult to see at the minute who will displace Vettel off top spot in qualifying.
Jenson has qualified on the front row twice this season. But if the 2009 World Champion wants to be in contention for race wins, then he needs to at least qualify in the top four on a consistent basis.
Had the Safety Car not come out in the latter stages of the race in Monaco, Jenson might well have had two race wins to his name in 2011. Button however can be satisfied with what he has achieved this year and there have been times where he has beaten his team-mate.
Many of us I’m sure were thinking Jenson was going to be trampled easily by Lewis when he joined McLaren. But it has not turned out like that and Button has proven to be more than a match for Hamilton.
It was a frustrating weekend all round for McLaren at the European Grand Prix but Silverstone is the perfect place for Jenson and the team to bounce back.
Jenson I believe has not finished on the podium at Silverstone in his Formula One career so that will be something he will want to change.
Paul di Resta
And the final Brit on this years Formula One grid is Force India’s Paul di Resta. I have been very impressed with the way Paul has adapted to Formula One so quickly and he really does have a bright future in the sport.
The Scotsman might only have two points to his name in 2011 so far but that does not mean he has had a terrible season. This is Paul’s first full season as a Formula One driver and he is bound to make mistakes.
Rookies will make mistakes as we saw with Vitaly Petrov last season. But look at what the Russian has gone onto achieve this year. Di Resta’s inexperience did show in Monaco and Canada but apart from that I don’t remember Paul making any other mistakes. Just give Paul the time and I’m sure he will put in some strong performances before the end of the 2011 season.
Last years DTM Champion has certainly given his more experienced team-mate Adrian Sutil a run for his money. Paul has also out-qualified his team-mate regularly this year so Sutil has not had it all his own way even though the German has scored the bulk of Force India’s points this season.
Force India are going in the right direction and I would not at all be surprised if they end up in the points come the end of the race at Silverstone. We have still yet to see the best on the VJM04 and Paul di Resta might just be the one to watch out for this weekend and he could be the one that surprises us all.
I wish Lewis, Jenson and Paul the best of luck at the British Grand Prix and for the remainder of the season.