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Verstappen is now 46 points clear of his nearest challenger, his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who is a further three points up on Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after nine races. The Dutch world champion already has six race wins to his name this season and victory at Silverstone would only cement his place as a repeat champion-in-waiting. But Verstappen has bad memories from Silverstone lingering in his mind after a controversial collision with Lewis Hamilton last year sent him flying into the barriers at high speed.
Hamilton has won seven of the past eight British Grands Prix but the chances of him repeating the trick appear slim after such a difficult season, with Mercedes lagging well behind the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull. “I think there are lots of learnings from this weekend and improvements that we can make moving forwards,” he said after Canada. “I really hope, moving to Silverstone… It’s such an important race for us and for me, and so I just want to be in a battle with these guy. I think we’re better in medium and high-speed corners probably than we are in the low-speed corners, but we have bouncing, so I don’t know how it’s going to be through Copse and all those places.”
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Revealed: George Russell is most dominant F1 teammate of modern era
Thursday 30 June 2022 13:15 , Kieran Jackson
George Russell has a better record of beating his team-mate than any other driver to have started at least 50 races in the last 40 years, new analysis reveals.
Russell, who is outperforming Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes so far in 2022, has finished ahead of his team-mate in 49 of his 69 Grands Prix since making his debut in 2019.
His success rate of 71 per cent is better than all of the leading drivers going back to the early 1980s, when constructors were first limited to a maximum of two cars.
Alex Albon interview: From Red Bull demotion to shot at redemption with Williams
Thursday 30 June 2022 12:45 , Kieran Jackson
Exclusive interview: The Williams driver on feeling like a ‘lone wolf’ at Red Bull, his Thai heritage and having no resentment for Sergio Perez:
Could Lewis Hamilton really be banned from British GP over his jewellery?
Thursday 30 June 2022 12:02 , Kieran Jackson
The jewellery saga rumbles on. When question marks surrounding a rule first formed in 2005 rose to the surface at the Australian Grand Prix in April, not many took it serious. Least of all Lewis Hamilton.
Now on the eve of the British Grand Prix - a race Hamilton has won eight times - the Mercedes star faces the prospect, in theory, of being barred from participating this weekend at Silverstone.
But after nearly four months, how have we got to this point? What has Hamilton said on the matter thus far? And what are the options open to the stewards should the seven-time world champion not remove his nose stud come first practice on Friday?
Bernie Ecclestone says he would ‘take bullet’ for Putin in bizarre GMB interview
Thursday 30 June 2022 11:35 , Kieran Jackson
In a bizarre interview with Good Morning Britain, the 91-year-old was asked whether he still stood by his friend Mr Putin.
To which, Mr Ecclestone replied: “I would still take a bullet for him. I’d rather it didn’t hurt but I would still take a bullet.”
Lando Norris reveals the dark side of fame ahead of British Grand Prix
Thursday 30 June 2022 11:15 , Kieran Jackson
Lando Norris has revealed he has been subjected to death threats – and described social media abuse aimed at his model girlfriend as “horrific”.
The 22-year-old British driver, in his fourth Formula One campaign, has established himself as a fans’ favourite, with more than five million followers on Instagram.
But speaking ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix, Norris also revealed the dark side to fame.
“I get death threats every now and then,” he said. “Most people do. Not enough gets done and it is tough.”
Lewis Hamilton could be axed from the British Grand Prix
Thursday 30 June 2022 10:35 , Kieran Jackson
A record 142,000 fans are expected at Silverstone for one of the highlights of Britain’s sporting summer – the majority of whom will be there to support seven-time world champion Hamilton.
But Hamilton, 37, is facing the astonishing prospect of being expelled from his home race – with the FIA’s deadline to remove his nose stud expiring on Thursday.
When is the British Grand Prix this week?
Thursday 30 June 2022 10:30 , Kieran Jackson
Hamilton won last season’s race, after crashing with Verstappen in a memorable moment on the opening lap at Copse corner. It was the Brit’s eighth triumph on home soil.
Here is everything you need to know about the timings for this year’s Grand Prix:
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Thursday 30 June 2022 10:23 , Kieran Jackson
But can home heroes Lewis Hamilton and George Russell push for the front row as Mercedes target a stirring comeback this season?
Stay here for all the latest news, including pre-race quotes from Thursday afternoon’s press conference!