MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team driver Lewis Hamilton is set to lead the local charge in this weekend’s British GP at Silverstone.
The 28-year-old is the highest-placed of the four Brits on the grid in the FIA Formula One World Championship, and going for a second win in-front of his home fans. Hamilton’s 2008 British Grand Prix victory was a key part of his World Championship triumph with McLaren-Mercedes, and the first by a local driver since David Coulthard’s back-to-back Silverstone wins in 2000 and 2001.
“Racing at Silverstone is always something special for me being my home race. We had a long break between Canada and Silverstone so I can’t wait to get back in the car on Friday. The build-up to this race is always very busy so it is nice to already be in the mood for the weekend,” Hamilton said.
Currently fourth in the title race with 77 points, Hamilton has notched up three podium finishes in the opening seven races of the season, including a third place finish at the Canadian Grand Prix last time out.
Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg trails him by only two places in the driver standings. Already on the 2013 winners’ list following his emphatic Monaco victory, Rosberg visited the British GP podium with third in 2010, his first season with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, which is based in nearby Brackley.
“Silverstone is one of the team’s home Grands Prix and that’s why we all love the race, especially because lots of friends and family came to watch us. After Monaco and Montreal, now we have a completely different kind of track with lots of high-speed corners,” Rosberg commented.
Following practice and qualifying, the British GP commences at 13:00 (BST) on Sunday, 30 June. Mercedes-Benz engines will power three of the four British drivers on the grid, with Hamilton joined by McLaren’s Jenson Button and Force India’s Paul Di Resta.