Last year's winner Sebastian Vettel faces a difficult task at the British Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver starts on Sunday (15:10 / RTL and Sky) only from sixth place in the Formula 1 race at Silverstone.
The pole position fought for the Finn Valtteri Bottas. World championship leader Lewis Hamilton is considered the biggest winner in his home race.
REKORDJÄGER: Lewis Hamilton calls the race only 80 kilometers away from his hometown Stevenage the "best Grand Prix of the year". If he wins again this year, he is the sole record winner of the Grand Prix in Great Britain with a total of six successes. Between 2014 and 2017 he triumphed four times in succession in Silverstone, before Vettel finished the series in the previous year.
PRINT: After the disappointing qualification Sebastian has to deliver Vettel. He is already 74 points behind in the World Championship ranking on Hamilton. Actually, the fourth-placed from Heppenheim needs victories to at least get a small chance to his fifth world title this year. Sixth place in qualifying was actually too little for the 32-year-olds. That he makes it as in the previous year to the front, seems unlikely for the Ferrari star.
SPIELVERDERBER: Valtteri Bottas is not satisfied with a role as number two at Mercedes behind Hamilton. "The fight for the World Cup is not over yet and the season is not over," said the Finn after his strong drive to pole position on Saturday. In the overall standings, the 29-year-old with 31 points behind is the first pursuer of stable rival Hamilton. "I still have a lot of chances, but the race here is very important," said Bottas.
X-FACTOR: Almost everything in England focuses on the duel between Mercedes and Ferrari. But after his win in Austria, Max Verstappen in the Red Bull should be back in the fight for the podium. The 21-year-old Dutchman starts as well as his teammate Pierre Gasly from France in front of Vettel in the race. As fourth (Verstappen) and fifth (Gasly) they stand between the two Ferraris and could make the Scuderia life again.
ANSTURM: The Home of British Motorsport remains a crowd puller. The record number of 140,000 fans is expected to race at the track, a total of 350,000 fans should find their way to the high speed course in the Formula 1 days in central England according to projections. That's why the premier class of motorsport in the future on Silverstone and extended the contract with the British operators only on Wednesday for five years to 2024.