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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Force India unveil young Hungary test duo .
Force India has unveiled Lucas Auer and Nikita Mazepin as their two drivers for the two-day test after the Hungarian Grand Prix. Auer is currently running in DTM for Mercedes and is currently second in the series, two points behind the Swede of Mattias Ekstrom. The Austrian is also the nephew of former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger. The 22-year old said: “It’s really exciting news – the most beautiful moment of my life. For me, it’s a childhood dream come true to drive an F1 car for the first time. I’m particularly proud that this will happen with Sahara Force India – a top Formula One team. “I must say thank you to everybody who has worked to make this possible, especially to the team at Force India who have given me this opportunity. I will be aiming to make the most of the test – and, of course, I’ll be savouring every second of it.” Mazepin is currently the test and reserve driver for Force India and already has some previous testing experience with the team, the 18-year old is competing in the Euro F3 series and currently sits 15th in the championship. Having already tested 2016 machinery with Force India, this test will help him become more familiar with the uprated performance the cars have undergone in 2017. “I’m really looking forward to testing with Sahara Force India again,” the Russian added. “I’ve been working with the team for over a year and it’s great to get another chance to drive the car. The last time I drove an F1 car was in 2016 so it’s going to be interesting to make a comparison with the new 2017 regulations. “I learned so much from the last test and it’s an important part of my development as a driver. I’ve been doing lots of simulator work to get ready for the test and I’m working hard to make sure I deliver everything the team expects from me.

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