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Hamilton thrilled the home crowd on Friday to beat Verstappen to P1 in qualifying by just 0.075 seconds, and was fired up to lead the inaugural F1 Sprint at Silverstone. The Red Bull driver, however, got away far quicker than the Mercedes and was leading into Turn 1 before holding Hamilton off in the nail-biting duel that followed.

The Briton explained that he hit his marks at the start, and was confused as to why it didn’t pay off as he said: “You have a target position that you have to hit with your clutch and that’s what the goal is – to always be on target, and I was on target – and I did what I was supposed to do but it didn’t deliver for whatever reason.

“I don’t know why – I had a lot of wheelspin – and the rest is history. I was trying everything, obviously, to get by but they [Verstappen was] just too quick. He was just too fast today.”

The result meant Hamilton took two championship points while Verstappen took three to (very slightly) stretch his lead in the standings. Even though he lost just one point, Hamilton was taken aback by Red Bull’s pace.

“Every point counts,” he added, speaking to Jenson Button on the post-Sprint parade lap around Silverstone. “But I’m grateful to have finished and tomorrow, as I said, we’ll fight again.

“But they were just so strong in the race – he was pulling away and there was nothing I could do to hold onto him. We’ve really got to try and be in front somehow. They’ve [Honda have] done a great job with their engine, their starts are really great this year. We’ve lost a bit of performance on our starts, so we have to work a little harder to try and improve that because losing positions is never a great thing.”

“I wish we could redo the start again but luckily we have it tomorrow,” he said. “This weekend’s been awesome in terms of yesterday was such a fun day to have qualifying on the Friday – way more enjoyable – I don’t know whether that was the most exciting race or not but we should do more like that, maybe a different version of it in the future because it makes the weekend more enjoyable I think.

“I need everyone to bring their energy again tomorrow and I’ll come with my A-game.”

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Silverstone welcomes 100,000 spectators through its gates for British GP days before 'Freedom Day'

Daily Mail 18 July, 2021 - 10:10am

By Max Mathews For Mailonline

Silverstone has welcomed 100,000 spectators ahead of the British Grand Prix's first ever Sprint race, with supporters flocking to the circuit and packing the grandstand just days before 'Freedom Day'.

The government has announced Monday July 19 will mark the end of all legal Covid-19 restrictions, with live sports events set to return to full capacity.

But fans have travelled in massive numbers to Northamptonshire to watch this weekend's Grand Prix, with a six-figure crowd now at the track, marking it as the biggest crowd at a sporting event in the UK since the start of the pandemic.

Silverstone has welcomed 100,000 supporters through its doors for the British Grand Prix

The Northamptonshire circuit's grandstands are packed to the rafters in what is now the biggest crowd at a sporting event in the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic

On Friday, British star Lewis Hamilton thrilled the crowd with a superb drive to see him qualify in pole position for Saturday's brand new sprint race, while official pole position for Sunday's race will be the sprint race winner.

The Mercedes driver edged out title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull by 0.075 seconds to grab top spot for the 17-lap race which has been brought in for this weekend.

There are three world championship points available for the winner of the sprint, two for second, and one for third, with Hamilton targeting both the sprint and the Grand Prix to close the gap on current leader Verstappen.

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And Hamilton praised the atmosphere at the track after qualifying top, along with fellow Brit George Russell, who drove superbly to qualify eighth.

He said: 'It has been such a difficult time for everyone and we finally have all the fans at the British Grand Prix and the desire to deliver for everyone is beyond belief.

'We watched the England game the other day, you see how much passion there is in England. It was a difficult time for everyone and I was hoping I could do my part in bringing something positive. 

The Mercedes driver edged out title rival Max Verstappen (left) of Red Bull on Friday

'It is only the first step but, wow, what a fantastic way to end the day. We have been missing this for a whole years, I have lost my voice a little. I am so grateful to see everyone here. 

'To come to Silverstone and have a full crowd like this. You feel the energy. I was hopeful with the great work we did at the team and the energy of the fans would get us here. This is down to the fans.'

More are expected at the Grand Prix race on Sunday, with 140,000 due to attend on a sweltering day when temperatures are set to approach 30 degrees Celsius. 

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Norris: 'McLaren achieved everything we could've hoped for' 17 July, 2021 - 03:19pm

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo were feeling very satisfied with the way that Saturday's sprint qualifying at Silverstone had gone for McLaren.

Both drivers gained a position on their Friday qualifying results and will start from fifth and sixth in tomorrow's British Grand Prix, locking out the third row of the grid for the team.

"I think we achieved everything we could've hoped for today," said Norris, who benefitted from Sergio Perez suddenly going off the track at Becketts as the pair fought for position on lap 5.

"[The Red Bull] is a quicker car, but we managed to beat them off the start and over the first lap, so it was a fun first-half," reported Norris.

The young Brit did lose out early on to Fernando Alonso after the Alpine driver elected to start the race on the quicker soft compound tyres, but he was able to recover the position midway through the race.

"We knew we had better pace than Fernando. He also did a good job but I knew I’d be able to get him back," said Norris.

However by then he was too far behind the top four to be able to make any further gains. "At the end, it was a quiet finish in clear air on my own," he explained.

Ricciardo was also able to overtake Alonso as the soft tyres went off in the second half of the race.

"Alonso having a good start made our race a bit more exciting, so I enjoyed it!" said the Australian.

"The first ten laps were busy, I thought that was cool, so I hope the fans liked it," he added. "That was quite good fun, it’s obviously over pretty quickly."

"I gained a position and start in a better place tomorrow than I started," he continued. "That was the aim for today, so I’m looking forward to going out and fighting for more tomorrow."

The main focus for Ricciardo remains the team's constructors championship battle with Ferrari and its drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

“From what I understand, I think Charles was a little quicker and I saw that Carlos got put out and came through the field," Ricciardo said. "I would say we’ve still got a little bit of work to do if we want to get in the Ferrari fight.

“But I think we were decent relative to the others and started seventh today, start sixth tomorrow, so it’s a little victory and yes, I’ll try and aim for a top five tomorrow.

"Apparently, I haven’t got one this year, top five, so I think sixth is my best result. That’s kind of sad. I’ll try and break through the top five.”

Norris added that the sprint qualifying race had provided the team with further useful information for tomorrow's Grand Prix.

"I think we now have a good reading on where we stand compared to the other teams, so we know what we need to try to do tomorrow," he said.

“Frustrating that we were so far off on pace comparing to the other three teams – Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.

"But we still beat one Ferrari, we still beat one Red Bull, so we did the best we could and we beat cars which were quicker than us today so I’m happy with that.

"I hope the fans enjoyed the new format and it brought something different to the weekend. Let's hope for the same again tomorrow."

“It’s been an interesting weekend so far," commented technical director James Key. "The new format certainly adds new elements and a different approach to what we’ve been used to.

"Being able to push the car for 17 laps flat this afternoon certainly generated a lot of close racing and I think it worked well.

"It’s great to see so many fans here at Silverstone," he added. "Always a strong point of this race - and we look forward to seeing the same again tomorrow.”

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Hamilton will ‘bring out the lion’ in “all guns blazing” approach to F1 sprint

Crash 17 July, 2021 - 08:58am

Lewis Hamilton has promised he will attack Formula 1’s first-ever sprint race with “all guns blazing” as he looks to strike back in the 2021 title fight.

Hamilton, who comes into this weekend’s British Grand Prix trailing Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by 32 points in the championship, beat his main title rival to take pole position for the new sprint qualifying race.

There are three world championship points on offer for the winner of Saturday afternoon’s 17-lap sprint race, which will will decide the starting order for Sunday’s grand prix.

Asked how he will approach the race, Hamilton replied: “With my head up and just all guns blazing.

“I need to bring out the lion tomorrow and give it everything. It starts with the start, so we’ll be practising that.

“Passing the Red Bull is not easy, so it really helps to be where we are. But we’ve got to get it off the line, and we’ve still got so many things and obstacles ahead of us.

“But the sprint race is going to be an interesting one. I think I’ve got the car where I need it, so we’ll see.”

While there is a general consensus in the paddock that many drivers will opt for a conservative approach, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has predicted that things could get “feisty”.

“I think racing drivers, they just go when the lights are green, and hopefully not risking a lot,” he explained.

“It would be a shame if one of the frontrunners would not start where they should start on Sunday. But if it gets feisty, it gets feisty.”

F1’s first-ever sprint race gets underway at 4.30pm local time at Silverstone.

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