Softer tyres and warmer temperatures will pose a fresh take a look at for Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone on Sunday after the Formula One championship chief gained final weekend’s British Grand Prix on three wheels and a flat. Tyre provider Pirelli had at all times deliberate a change of compounds for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, second of two on the circuit the place the championship started in 1950, however there will likely be extra scrutiny now.
Hamilton’s win after a final lap tyre failure will go down as certainly one of his most dramatic and got here after he accomplished greater than three quarters of the race on a single set.
“One step softer is going to be a challenge for us all and no doubt will move us all to at least a two-stop,” the six-times world champion, now 30 factors away from crew mate Valtteri Bottas, stated final Sunday.
“Obviously our cars are a lot quicker this year, we’re using the same tyres as last year, they (Pirelli) weren’t able to develop a better tyre to deal with the forces for this season, so it’s going to be a serious challenge I think.”
Team boss Toto Wolff agreed: “The hotter conditions brought the field closer together last week and the softer tyres will mean more pit stops and more variability with strategy, so we can expect a good fight.”
Hamilton has gained the final three races, out of 4 to date on this COVID-19 affected season, and can begin as favorite once more.
If he finishes on the rostrum the Briton will equal the Formula One document of 155 set by Ferrari nice Michael Schumacher.
Another win would depart him simply three in need of Schumacher’s document 91.
Mercedes have gained all 4 races in dominant style, with Bottas triumphant within the Austrian opener final month, and rivals recognise the champions are in a league of their very own.
They would have had a one-two on Sunday had Bottas not suffered a tyre failure a lap earlier than Hamilton and plunged from second to 11th.
“Maybe you find a tenth, or one-and-a-half, OK and we are a bit closer — but it’s not close enough,” stated Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
“You have to be realistic. I mean you can dream, and you can hope, but I think it’s way more important to be realistic because that’s how you move forward,” added the Dutch driver, who completed second on Sunday.
Ferrari will likely be hoping younger Monegasque Charles Leclerc can once more get extra out of the automotive than appeared attainable after ending third final weekend.
Nico Hulkenberg appears to be like set for a second probability to start out for Racing Point as stand-in for Mexican Sergio Perez, in quarantine after testing optimistic for the brand new coronavirus. The German was sidelined by a energy unit drawback final time.