Sport Driver Ratings: 2017 British Grand Prix

17:05  17 july  2017
17:05  17 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Liberty committed to a British GP beyond 2019

  Liberty committed to a British GP beyond 2019 Formula 1’s commercial leader Sean Bratches has stated that the sport is committed to a British Grand Prix beyond 2019, but refrained from identifying Silverstone as a likely venue. As the managing director of commercial operations within Liberty Media’s triumvirate, it is expected that Bratches will lead the negotiations towards securing a new British GP deal. On Tuesday, the future of the race was thrown into jeopardy when current host Silverstone activated the break clause in their contract, meaning that without revised terms, the 2019 race would be the last. Speaking with BBC this morning, Bratches stated: “We have an extraordinarily positive relationship with our friends and partners at Silverstone and we have three more Grand Prix’s with them this year, in 2018 and 2019. “A lot can transpire, but I can tell all the fans in Great Britain that we are committed to a British Grand Prix.” When asked directly if a new deal would be struck with Silverstone, Bratches declined to comment. “It’s premature to even speculate that.” Silverstone has a long history in F1, dating back to 1950 and the first race in the series. However, with escalating race fees and a lack of government funding for the event, the race is no longer viable for the venue in its current fiscal form. Bratches’ comment supports the assertion that Liberty could be forced to find a new venue for the race in order to keep the British event on the calendar. With a race on the streets of London having been the source of speculation since 2012 and with Donnington Park having had previous and recent connections with the sport, Liberty could find themselves with some interesting options.

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Lewis Hamilton dominated on home turf this weekend as his victory at the Silverstone Circuit meant he matched Jim Clarke’s record of five victories at the British Grand Prix. Valterri Bottas crossed the line in second place to complete a solid Mercedes 1 – 2, despite starting from ninth on the grid after incurring a five-place grid penalty for a gear box change. The strong performance from Mercedes means that they are now 55 points ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium. The Finn would have crossed the line in 2nd if it wasn’t for one of his tyres collapsing at the death. Both Red Bull’s drove solid races as Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo crossed the line in fourth and fifth respectively and Nico Hulkenberg equalled his best finish of the season in 6th. A tyre failure for Sebastian Vettel on the penultimate lap also meant that the four-time world champion could only finish seventh and is now just one point ahead of Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship. Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10. Here’s the ratings from the race.

Hamilton plays down absence from F1 Live event

  Hamilton plays down absence from F1 Live event Lewis Hamilton says preparing for this weekend’s British Grand Prix in the best way he could was the main reason for his absence from Wednsday’s F1 Live event in London. Hamilton was criticised for being the only driver not to attend the event, which proved to be extremely popular amongst the fans in attendance as Formula 1 drivers took to the streets of the capital. After losing more ground to Sebastian Vettel in the title race after his fourth place finish in Austria, Hamilton flew to Greece for a small break in preparation for his home race at Silverstone. When questioned in the FIA press conference for his reasoning to not appear at F1 Live, Hamilton defended his decision, citing the intensity of the 2017 season as an important focus. “Everyone had the right to make the decision for themselves,” said Hamilton. “For me, I felt that it’d been a pretty intense season so far, so I needed to prepare the best way that I could for this weekend, and the season is the most important thing to me.” The three-time champion goes into the weekend looking to match Jim Clark’s record of four consecutive British Grand Prix victories – and Hamilton admitted he appreciates the support of the fans whenever he races on home soil. “I feel like I prepared the best way I could for this weekend,” he added. “People have opinions, but it’s a very intense season and I’m trying to prepare for the battle ahead. I love this Grand Prix. “I don’t think yesterday plays a role in how great this Grand Prix is for me.You get people who have saved up so much to come to this Grand Prix. “You will have seen from previous years how much I respect and appreciate that. And that doesn’t change.

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Ricciardo: British GP fightback "great fun" .
Daniel Ricciardo was delighted with a superb recovery drive as he climbed from the back of the grid to fifth place in the British Grand Prix. A combination of a five-place penalty for a gearbox change and a turbo failure in qualifying had left the Australian down in 19th on the grid. It proved an action-packed race as Ricciardo gained good ground in the early laps before seeing his progress wiped out when he ran wide on the exit of Luffield. The Red Bull driver swiftly scythed his way back through the pack and ultimately wound up fifth after problems for Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastian Vettel in the dying stages. Ricciardo says he thoroughly enjoyed the race and hopes that he was able to put a good show for the Silverstone fans. “I hope they showed a lot of that on TV,” he said. “I just felt like the whole race I was overtaking cars and I hope the fans enjoyed it. “We made up a chunk of positions early on and then I got a bit greedy, went off track and ended up at the back again.” “It was great fun coming back through the field and I gave it everything. I caught Hulkenberg with a few laps to go and then Seb had his issue which handed me fifth, so danke Sebastian.” Ricciardo remains fourth in the drivers’ championship, but loses ground to Valterri Bottas who also recovered from a gearbox penalty to take second.

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