2019 British GP - Silverstone
We go into Silverstone after the quick summer break. The run of back to back wins of the Petronas Mercedes team was finally brought to an end by a brilliant drive from Verstapenn to claim a controversial win at the Redbull ring in Austria. Redbull's first win of the season and Honda's first F1 win in more than a decade.
The Austrian GP reveals an inherent weakness in the bulletproof W10 Mercedes. Its tightly wrapped engine section is susceptible to high temperatures. When ambient temperatures get high, it is hard to keep the Mercedes engines cool. A characteristic that their competitors exploited to snatch a win in a season that has become a Mercedes stranglehold. This would suggest that the W10 would be vulnerable in other similar high temperature tracks of which there are a few in the second half of the season.
However, the temperatures at Silverstone is likely to be very much to Mercede's liking. While there are a number of straights that would favor the Ferrari, there are equally a number of slow corners that would favor the Mercedes. Silverstone is likely to be a showdown between the Ferrari and the Mercedes. It is likely to be very tight in qualifying and in the race. This is one not to miss.
Sebastien Vettel was the last winner of this race and Lewis Hamilton holds the race lap record at 1:30.621 since 2017. I have a feeling that this record shall be broken this weekend.
And the very fine British grid girls :-)