Why is there a sprint at Silverstone?
Formula 1 Adds a Race on Saturday. It's called the sprint, and it will determine the starting positions for the British Grand Prix. ... The result of the shorter race will decide pole position and the order of the other cars starting the Grand Prix. Drivers who perform well in the sprint will be closer to the front. The New York TimesF1 Adds a Sprint on Saturday at Silverstone
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"I gave it everything today. I have to give a lot of love to these fans, the support means the world to me. Tomorrow we fight again. I hit the target on my start, it's just not good when you lose from P1. But we'll turn a negative into a positive tomorrow. Every point counts, but I'm grateful to have finished," Hamilton said during the parade.
In Sunday's British Grand Prix, Hamilton will try to recover. He hopes Mercedes will be able to improve their starts as this is where he sees the strengths in Red Bull.
"Tomorrow as I said, we'll fight again. They're just so strong, in the race he was pulling away. Nothing I could do to hold onto him. We've got to be in front somehow. They've done a great job with their engine, their starts are great. We've lost performance on the starts, we've got to work hard to improve that," Hamilton added.
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SILVERSTONE, England -- Judging by reactions on social media, the majority of Formula One fans either loved the inaugural sprint race at the British Grand Prix or hated it.
The arguments for and against are varied, but we've done our best to split them into two camps while also getting the views of the drivers who took part in the session.
The most compelling argument for the sprint format is that it offers more competitive on-track action. On Friday there was a thrilling battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the traditional Q1, Q2 and Q3 format, and on Saturday we had the added bonus of a 17-lap race before the full 52-lap event on Sunday. All the British Grand Prix weekend lost in return was a non-competitive free practice session.
The sprint also saw some action. Sure, Verstappen had it wrapped up fairly early on, but we saw him go wheel-to-wheel with Hamilton on the opening lap and we may well get to see it all over again tomorrow. Had the weekend been running to F1's traditional format and Hamilton had made a similarly poor start in the grand prix, the chances are he would not have gained the lead back over the course of a race. Now, however, he has a good opportunity to fight back on the first lap on Sunday and turn the tables a second time on Verstappen.
On lower fuel and fresh tyres, the cars were primed for racing and, despite concerns drivers wouldn't race each other for fear of an accident, we saw the top ten mixed up by the end of the race. If you haven't seen the onboard footage of Fernando Alonso's opening lap on social media, it was the perfect example of how this new format can create thrilling racing.
Alonso was helped by starting the race on fresh soft tyres while the majority of the cars ahead of him started on the medium compound. That gave Alonso a performance advantage in the opening lap, but came back to bite him later in the sprint when his tyres started to degrade and the faster McLarens passed him. Nevertheless, in a race with no pit stops there was still an element of strategy.
What's more, Sergio Perez's spin on lap five highlighted the jeopardy of the sprint and will see him start Sunday's race from last place. Had he made a similar mistake in a normal qualifying session, he probably would have had time to get back to the pits and go again, but in this case it dropped him to the back of the order.
Above all else, the sprint format will only be used at some events and not all. If you don't like it, you won't have to put up with it at every round, but you may get the added advantage of something dramatic happening on a Saturday from time to time.
Let's be honest, the race at the front wasn't that thrilling. Once Verstappen was past Hamilton into Turn 1, the battle for pole was pretty much over and never looked like igniting towards the end of the sprint.
Compare it to yesterday's nail-biting qualifying session and there's no argument over which one built to a more thrilling climax: Friday qualifying was decided by 0.05s at the end of an hour's entertainment, while the sprint was decided in the first few moments of a fairly processional 30-minute race.
What's more, the session acted as extended practice for the teams ahead of the grand prix. They now have a better idea of how the tyres work in a race scenario and will use that data to refine strategies and make Sunday's race that bit more predictable. We also know that if Verstappen retains the lead away from the start, Hamilton is unlikely to have an answer over the remaining 52 laps.
There was also the tedious second practice session earlier in the day in which teams were unable to make setup changes and focused solely on high-fuel running. Sat between Friday qualifying and Saturday's sprint, it had little relevance and gave few incentives for teams to hit the track.
"There's not the real hype of, you know, I nailed the lap and I put it on pole or whatever. So yeah, when I crossed the line today after this race and they were like, 'yeah, great job, pole position', it feels a bit like, 'yeah, I did a kind of like one third of the race distance' and then to hear you did pole position for tomorrow it's a bit odd but yeah, we'll go through it and I guess everyone has their own opinion about things."
"Today has been... I think it's because it's so difficult to pass with these cars, you need pitstops and strategy to help sometimes, otherwise it's so hard to get close. We've got a different rear tyre this weekend but we've got the highest pressures I think we've had, so blistering is an issue and thermal deg is an issue. I don't know.
"Today they did a great job and I think the fans enjoyed it. From what we saw on the parade laps. It's always nice doing more races but tomorrow we've only got one event. It's almost like they should do the sprint race on the Sunday and the race, because they'll be a lot of sitting around for people tomorrow."
"Today was a little victory because I start sixth tomorrow and today I started seventh. I wanted to thank Fernando because he had such a good start, and he on the soft tires made a good fight for all of us."
"You cannot prepare for the sprint and you cannot prepare much for the race. Everyone is saving mileage so I think that is something that can be improved."
"And not getting any points for finishing inside the top ten, which is obviously a little bit frustrating given our position [ninth]! But I'll have to review it after the weekend but I definitely enjoyed qualifying still."
"I don't know. I can see that maybe in the future there will be more of this, I'm sure the people liked it, I guess it is better than free practice."
18 July, 2021 - 04:10pm
The new F1 sprint format is here, and on the whole it’s not too bad. Get past the rather mediocre race and moving qualifying to Friday has injected more energy into the weekend – and rightly solidified F1 as a three-day event. But after an explosive qualifying on Friday, there was a feeling of hollowness among the crowd and the drivers; while the new sprint format gives, it also takes away.
Ross Brawn, the main supporter of the sprint format, cites a need to inject excitement into Friday – and I completely agree. Formula One has always been and must remain a three-day cascade of nail-biting moments, and Friday qualifying moves toward that.
Unless you’re a keen fan or you’ve taken advantage of a three-day ticket, you won’t usually be watching on Friday. And if you are tuning in, you’ll see teams essentially doing homework for a few hours. Worse still, you have to rely on AWS for context, or wait a few hours for the F1 website itself to crunch the numbers. Now that's all replaced with clear and engaging action, and that's a good thing.
But the jeopardy and meaning of qualifying has gone. While having the fastest lap is still a feat, it no longer sets you up for the best chance to get 25 points – and it can also be undone in an instant, as Lewis found today. Next to him, Max had the opposite issue; after a titanic battle on Friday, he realized he needn’t be too bothered after all.
And just like that qualifying is now another session. An exciting one, but still just another session.
After some vintage from Alonso and a few racy laps from Hamilton, the sprint race settled into F1 at its mid-2000s worst. Dirty air and less variables such as pit stops meant the race was neutralized in just a few minutes. And with just three points for a win on offer, it was also hard to know how hard drivers were pushing in the first place.
Over half an hour, all those great performances we saw on Friday were eroded, and the usual pecking order began to form. Alonso and Perez were exceptions, but on the whole, Sunday’s grid order looks less random than Friday’s. And worse still, we have a good idea of who will win.
While it was great to see on track battles on Friday and Saturday, it was all literally a bit pointless. There’s more show, but less meaning, so the first trial of three gets a hesitant thumbs up rather than an enthusiastic one. F1's desire to experiement should be praised, but now it's time to fine tune.
The three-day session can work, but first qualifying’s importance will need to be restored. It can happen in two ways: points for qualifying and more points for sprint race victory. Either one will give Friday’s events real gravitas; drivers will have either clawed back valuable points, or they’ll have set themselves up for a race that actually matters. A bit like qualifying on Saturday then…
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18 July, 2021 - 04:10pm
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With the F1 Sprint getting its first trial run at Silverstone, qualifying took place on Friday evening but was not being used to set the grid for the Grand Prix today. Instead, it set the grid for yesterday’s Sprint, and the final classification after the 17 laps provided the starting order for today’s race.
While the format of qualifying was the same on Friday, the tyre rules weren’t. Instead of the cars reaching Q3 starting on the tyre that they set their best Q2 lap time on, all 20 cars had to use soft tyres throughout, but then get free choice of tyres for both the Sprint and the Grand Prix.
The most likely outcome is they will opt for a one-stop strategy starting on medium tyres, especially given the fact all except Valtteri Bottas in the top 10 chose mediums for the Sprint and it proved the way to go. Bottas didn’t lose ground at the front, but he also didn’t gain either on the softs, and he wouldn’t have flexibility for his first stint if he did the same today.
Starting on the mediums opens up a likely pit window between Lap 18 and 25, so a little longer than we saw during the Sprint, before switching to the hard compound for the rest of the race. In that sense, Saturday provided a dress rehearsal for the first stint of the race and the drivers have a good idea of how the mediums will react in a race situation, albeit on a lower fuel load.
But the fuel load was only a third of what will be needed for the Grand Prix, so using the softs at the start is very unlikely. Plus the race will start at 1500 local time when the temperature is likely to be at its highest – and higher than in the Sprint that started at 1630 – so the alternative strategy is a one-stop starting on the hard compound.
With higher temperatures and heavier cars, the hard tyre is likely to give good performance, with no concerns over tyre warm-up given the track layout with a number of high-speed corners. It will still be up to half a second slower than the medium, but it also opens up more strategic options.
Plenty of teams could look to use the soft in the second stint – especially those who are typically easier on their tyres such as Aston Martin – because the teams also have good data from 2020 when the second race at Silverstone saw the C3 compound (this year’s soft) nominated as the medium by Pirelli, and was able to be used for a significant number of laps.
We could, but it’s most likely to be if there is a Safety Car in the latter part of the race. Given the advantage we saw the likes of Alonso and Ocon enjoy on softs in the Sprint, a Safety Car with more than 10 laps to go could be worth a gamble on a second stop, especially if a team has new soft tyres available.
The quickest two-stop strategy that’s available goes soft-medium-soft but is expected to be comfortably slower than the one-stop and would make for a very difficult task extending the first stint unless there was an early Safety Car.
It has been hot and sunny all weekend so far, and Sunday looks like being the hottest day yet. Temperatures should be up near the 30s and that could push track temperatures above 50C, which would be another challenge for the teams and drivers.
Blistering was an issue in the Sprint but didn’t really affect performance over the 17 laps. But it could be a bigger concern with higher temperatures, especially when the tyres are getting worked harder on full fuel loads in the first half of the race.
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Fernando put in an epic drive throughout the 17 laps, the first-ever Sprint Qualifying race in Formula 1, moving from eleventh on the grid to fifth on the first lap thanks to an inspired strategy call of using Soft tyres, a super start, and, a strong first few corners. Using the tyres to his advantage on the opening laps, the Spaniard held position until the McLarens moved through by lap nine. He then held Sebastian Vettel at bay with some defensive driving and measured tyre management to claim seventh at the end of the race and a strong position for tomorrow's race.
Esteban also enjoyed a strong performance, moving from thirteenth on the grid to tenth at the chequered flag. The Frenchman also started on Softs and had a similarly impressive start into the first corner, passing Pierre Gasly off the line.
He inherited two further positions as a result of Carlos Sainz's trip wide at Turn 6 and Sergio Perez's pirouette at Turn 14. Esteban too had to put in an impressive defensive shift to hold off Gasly and a charging Sainz at the chequered flag.
The 52-lap British Grand Prix will start at 15:00 local time tomorrow in front of a sell-out crowd.
Esteban Ocon: "I'm pretty pleased with today's Sprint Qualifying as we've gained three places for the race tomorrow and that means we're starting in the top ten for tomorrow's race. It's where we felt we should be yesterday, so that's positive. The call by the team to start on Softs was good and I had a quick start off the line to gain some positions. I enjoyed the new format; it was fun as it added some action and dynamism to the weekend as well as some uncertainty. Tomorrow we have a free choice of tyres again and that leaves the strategy box open with some flexibility on what we can do. We're ready to race again and hopefully we can put on another show for the fans."
Fernando Alonso: "It was a good session for us today and I had a lot of fun. I think we made the right choice starting on the Soft tyres and it's a better position to start the race tomorrow. Our start was good and I climbed quite a few places from eleventh to fifth in the first few corners. We then lost a few positions back to the McLarens and held onto seventh at the end. I think the format was fun but I am sure there are some small improvements we can make. We'll aim to carry this momentum into the race tomorrow."
Davide Brivio, Racing Director: "It was an exciting race for us, so a very positive Sprint qualifying all in all! We decided to start with new Softs, which was a calculated risk, but a good choice from the team. Fernando definitely made the most of the strategy; he did an incredible first lap, gaining six positions in half a lap and then he fought all the way through the race. With Esteban we also moved up a few positions, which is important for the actual Grand Prix tomorrow. It was a good job from the drivers and also the whole team and now we need to try to consolidate our positions tomorrow."
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18 July, 2021 - 09:13am
Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford and Emma Raducanu were just two in a host of famous faces in attendance at Silverstone on Sunday ahead of the British Grand Prix.
The 59-year-old actor Mission Impossible actor and the 79-year-old Indiana Jones star were spotted separately visiting the home of British racing over the weekend as they made the most of the glorious weather.
While the 18-year-old tennis ace Raducanu was treated to a spin out on the track in a McLaren sports car during her visit. Tom clearly felt the need for speed as he turned up to the race track sporting a pair of aviator sunglasses.
The need for speed: Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford and Wimbledon hero Emma Raducanu led the star-studded line-up of famous faces who attended Silverstone for the British Grand Prix on Sunday
He also wore a simple white T-shirt beneath a black jacket as he was spotted looking around the Mercedes GP garage.
Ensuring to follow Government guidelines, Tom also wore a black face mask as he made his way around Silverstone.
The actor also found the time to meet up with F1 star Lewis Hamilton by the Mercedes garage.
Meanwhile, Wimbledon hero Emma Raducanu, 18, looked radiant as she posed for photographs beside the track in an all-white outfit.
Tennis hero: Wimbledon hero Emma Raducanu, 18, looked radiant as she posed for photographs beside the track in an all-white outfit
When stars collide: The 59-year-old actor met up with racing ace Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Grand Prix
Race ready: Tom looked the picture of cool as he was shown round Silverstone ahead of the Grand Prix
Deep in conversation: Tom Cruise kept in black face mask on while chatting to Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula One Group, who also wore a mask
VIP: Tom looked effortlessly cool as he watched the British Grand Prix from the grid before the event kicked off
Throwback: Appearing to take inspiration from his former role, he donned a pair of aviators like his well-known character Maverick from Top Gun
Networking: The Hollywood icon, 59, looked in his element as he stood around chatting with the Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali (pictured) and the latest champion
Fancy: Tom, who was a guest of Mercedes, donned a black suede jacket for the event which saw Lewis Hamilton win his 99th Grand Prix
The tennis star wore a ridged sleeveless white top paired with a set of white trousers.
On her feet, she wore a pair of chunky black heels and could also be seen with a pair of sunglasses on her head.
Emma seemed to have been making the most of her visit to Silverstone as she posed for pictures alongside a McLaren sports car after having been taken for a spin in it out on the track.
Emma and Tom weren't the only famous faces to have made an appearance at Silverstone on Sunday.
Big smile: The tennis star wore a ridged sleeveless white top paired with a set of white trousers
Having fun! On her feet, she wore a pair of chunky black heels and could also be seen with a pair of sunglasses on her head
Fun in the sun: Emma placed her hand on a metal handrail as she posed at Silverstone for a picture ahead of the British grand Prix
Sporting superstars: Emma met up with Arsenal star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Silverstone after they were both treated to a ride out on the track
Much like Tom Cruise, another Hollywood A-lister is currently in the UK filming for a blockbuster, and Harrison Ford made sure he was among the crowds at Silverstone for the Grand Prix.
The 79-year-old Indiana Jones actor took a break from filming the latest instalment in the blockbuster franchise to enjoy a day at the motor races.
Harrison cut a casual figure as he rocked up to Silverstone wearing a light blue shirt, with several buttons undone, and blue denim jeans.
He also wore a brown leather belt around his waist as he spoke with Nicholas Latifi, 26, who races for Williams in Formula 1.
Left his hat at home: Much like Tom Cruise, another Hollywood A-lister is currently in the UK filming for a blockbuster, and Harrison Ford made sure he was among the crowds at Silverstone for the Grand Prix
Big fan: The 79-year-old Indiana Jones actor took a break from filming the latest instalment in the blockbuster franchise to enjoy a day at the motor races
In-depth discussion: Harrison cut a casual figure as he rocked up to Silverstone wearing a light blue shirt, with several buttons undone, and blue denim jeans
Personal tour: He also wore a brown leather belt around his waist as he spoke with Nicholas Latifi, 26, who races for Williams in Formula 1
Arsenal FC stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 32, and Alexandre Lacazette, 30, were also spotted enjoying themselves at the speedway.
Aubameyang wore a simple white T-shirt beneath a patterned blue and white short-sleeved shirt as he made the most of the good weather.
The football star also had a a white baseball cap on his head and wore a pair of white denim jeans on his lower half.
Meanwhile, his Arsenal teammate Lacazette, arrived at Silverstone also wearing a plain white T-shirt.
However, in-keeping with the scorching temperatures on the day, the Frenchman sported a pair of navy blue shorts on his lower half and a pair of white canvas trainers.
Taking a day off: Arsenal FC stars Aubameyang, 32, and Alexandre Lacazette, 30, were also among the celebrities who visited Silverstone on Sunday
Before the race: Aubameyang wore a simple white T-shirt beneath a patterned blue and white short-sleeved shirt as he made the most of the good weather
Pre-race interview: Lacazette arrived at Silverstone also wearing a plain white T-shirt
Sharply dressed: In-keeping with the scorching temperatures on the day, the Frenchman (left) sported a pair of navy blue shorts on his lower half and a pair of white canvas trainers
Top spec motors: Lacazette flashed a large grin as he posed alongside an Aston Martin and their reserve Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg
Answering the big questions: Both Aubameyang and Lacazette were put before microphones to answer some questions as they attended Silverstone
Chilled out: Aubameyang seemed to be in good spirits as he sat with other celebrities at Silverstone during the British grand Prix
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And the Arsenal pair weren't the only footballers in attendance on Sunday, with Everton star James Rodriguez and Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga also being spotted.
James looked suave in a pair of Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses and an open-collared blue shirt as he flashed a smile for the cameras.
The football ace wore a gold watch on one wrist and also had on a pair of blue denim jeans.
Kepa, meanwhile, opted for a casual outfit, as he turned up wearing a simple white T-shirt and blue denim jeans, with grey canvas trainers.
He appeared to have arrived alongside cyclist Andoni Azkarate who stopped to take a picture with him on a balcony overlooking the race.
Stars are out: And the Arsenal pair weren't the only footballers in attendance on Sunday, with Everton star James Rodriguez and Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga also being spotted
Keeping it casual: Kepa, meanwhile, opted for a casual outfit, as he turned up wearing a simple white T-shirt and blue denim jeans, with grey canvas trainers
Another famous racing fan who was spotted at Silverstone was Harry Potter actor Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, 23.
Hero looked every inch the F1 fan as he sported a white Mercedes branded baseball cap ahead of the Grand Prix.
He kept colours to a minimum though, also sporting a plain white T-shirt and a pair of white trainers on his feet.
The only colour in his ensemble came in the form of olive tracksuit bottoms.
Hero looked to be enjoying himself as he posed for a number of photos besides the Silverstone track, as well as next to one of the F1 cars.
Family time: Actress Ellie Bamber, 24, and her brother Lucas were also spotted amongst the Silverstone crowd on Sunday
Chatting away: She also wore a pair of white and yellow trainers on her feet, and found the time to chat with driver Freddie Hunt
Making the trip: Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah also made an appearance on the day, wearing a light blue shirt and blue denim jeans, the athlete was spotted wearing a medical boot on his left foot, while rapper Dave was also in attendance
All stars: He stopped at one point to take a picture with magician Dynamo, who sported a black T-shirt as he grinned for the camera
Actress Ellie Bamber, 24, and her brother Lucas were also spotted amongst the Silverstone crowd on Sunday.
The brother-sister duo were photographed together at the event, with Ellie sporting a two-piece brown outfit, consisting of a jacket and long skirt.
She also wore a pair of white and yellow trainers on her feet, and found the time to chat with driver Freddie Hunt.
Meanwhile her brother Lucas opted for a more casual ensemble, as he stepped out wearing a checked jacket over the top of a white top.
He also sported a pair of beige trousers, and white trainers on his feet.
Meanwhile, Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah also made an appearance on the day, wearing a light blue shirt and blue denim jeans, the athlete was spotted wearing a medical boot on his left foot.
He stopped at one point to take a picture with magician Dynamo, who sported a black T-shirt as he grinned for the camera.
Royal representatives: The Royal Family were also represented at the British Grand Prix, with the Earl and Countess of Wessex making an appearance at Silverstone
Promoting: Prince Edward and his wife Sophie were spotted visiting the McLaren garage before the Grand prix got underway
Interested: They posed for pictures alongside McLaren driver Lando Norris as they attempted to promote the Duke of Edinburgh award, in the hope that more people would get involved with it
Being given the tour: The Countess also stopped for a chat with Andreas Seidl, who is the Team Principal for McLaren, as she observed one of their race cars
The Royal Family were also represented at the British Grand Prix, with the Earl and Countess of Wessex making an appearance at Silverstone.
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie were spotted visiting the McLaren garage before the Grand prix got underway.
They posed for pictures alongside McLaren driver Lando Norris as they attempted to promote the Duke of Edinburgh award, in the hope that more people would get involved with it.
The Countess also stopped for a chat with Andreas Seidl, who is the Team Principal for McLaren, as she observed one of their race cars.
Dressed to impress: Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse was another of the famous faces spotted at Silverstone on Sunday, as she turned up with her husband Marius Iepure
Husband and wife: Oti looked typically glamorous as she stepped out in a stunning two-piece all-white outfit, consisting of a long-sleeved shirt with pockets on the front, and a pair of shorts
Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse was another of the famous faces spotted at Silverstone on Sunday, as she turned up with her husband Marius Iepure.
Oti looked typically glamorous as she stepped out in a stunning two-piece all-white outfit, consisting of a long-sleeved shirt with pockets on the front, and a pair of shorts.
She also wore a pair of pastel orange heels to give her ensemble some height, and she accessorised with a row of flowers in her hair.
Meanwhile, her husband Marius opted for a blue shirt, with multiple buttons undone, tanned chinos and a pair of beige slip on shoes.
Plenty of celebs: Another famous racing fan who was spotted at Silverstone was Harry Potter actor Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, 23
Big fan: Hero looked every inch the F1 fan as he sported a white Mercedes branded baseball cap ahead of the Grand Prix
Serious pose: Hero did his best to contain his excitement as he posed next to one of the Formula 1 motors at Silverstone
While, rapper and singer Dave also enjoyed the British Grand Prix, having been snapped sitting in a chair, wearing a black T-shirt and shorts, and a pair of pink, white and grey hi-top trainers.
Fitness guru Joe Wicks, 34, was also spotted receiving a tour of the garages at Silverstone on Sunday.
He arrived alongside his wife Rosie as the couple were shown round the behind-the-scenes at the race track.
The pair dressed with the heat in mind, with Joe having sported a white shirt and light green trousers, and Rosie donning an elegant white dress.
At one point, Joe was spotted taking a closer look at the steering wheel used in one of the F1 cars.
Behind the scenes: Fitness guru Joe Wicks, 34, was also spotted receiving a tour of the garages at Silverstone on Sunday
Focused: At one point, Joe was spotted taking a closer look at the steering wheel used in one of the F1 cars
Close up: He arrived alongside his wife Rosie as the couple were shown round the behind-the-scenes at the race track
Meanwhile, model Rahi Chadda was also seen enjoying himself at the racing circuit.
He cut a cool character as he posed on a balcony wearing a large pair of sungalsses and a bright yellow top.
Over the top of his vibrant shirt, Rahi wore a green-coloured jacket, and he also donned a matching pair of trousers.
The model even found the time to meet up with racer Freddie Hunt for a photo together.
Serious: Meanwhile, model Rahi Chadda was also seen enjoying himself at the racing circuit
Meeting up: The model even found the time to meet up with racer Freddie Hunt for a photo together
Stylish: He cut a cool character as he posed on a balcony wearing a large pair of sunglasses and a bright yellow top
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18 July, 2021 - 07:22am
The world champion was beaten to the win in F1’s first sprint qualifying race on Saturday, with him unable to keep up with his Red Bull rival after the opening laps.
That form has left Hamilton under no illusions that Mercedes needs to be on top form with its strategy calls at Silverstone on Sunday if it is to find a way past its main title rival.
“I think he [Verstappen] had a lot of pace in him and I don’t think he was particularly having to push too hard, and we were flat-out,” said Hamilton. “It’s going to be tough.
“If I can try somehow to keep up with them through the stints, maybe we can apply pressure through strategy – but we’re not going to be overtaking them on the track: they’re just too fast. So, we play the long game hopefully.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, waves to fans
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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff agrees there is little separating Red Bull and Mercedes in pace terms, which does put the onus on a strategy call being decisive.
But one of his team’s biggest advantages is that it has two cars in the fight at the front, because Red Bull’s Sergio Perez will be starting at the back after his spin in the sprint race.
“I think we have pace,” said Wolff, reflecting on the performance of the Mercedes against the Red Bull in the sprint race.
“If Lewis would have held the position at the beginning, I think we would have pretty much had the same race, just with a Mercedes in front. That means we were equal in performance.
“With two cars right there, you can split the strategies, you can go long, you could try overcutting, you can undercutting, starting on different tyres. That is certainly a big advantage."
One intriguing difference between the Red Bull and Mercedes cars is their wing level settings for the race – with both teams having gone in different directions.
Red Bull has gone for a high downforce solution, for better performance in the corners, while Mercedes has opted for less drag to be faster down the straights.
Verstappen thinks that his solution is perhaps not the best as it can leave him exposed to getting overtaken.
“It seems like we are quick through corners, and they are quick on the straight this weekend,” he explained. “Of course, after one free practice session you’re not allowed to make any changes and if you don’t get it right, then you’re a bit stuck. So I think we’re a bit stuck on the straight, so that’s why we have to make up our time in the corners.”
For a full analysis on the Mercedes v Red Bull battle potential, and the real strategy picture for the British GP, see here.
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