The wait is finally over. The giants of motor racing roll onto the former RAF airfield of Silverstone, but with Britain currently experiencing torrential downpours, how is this likely to affect both British drivers and their fans?
It’s the 9th race of the Formula 1 calendar and with Fernando Alonso currently sitting at the top of the leaderboard, another podium finish for him is likely to pile additional pressures on an already underfire Jenson Button, who’s desperate for victory on home turf;
“Winning the Santander British Grand Prix would mean everything to me because this isn’t a race that’s traditionally been kind to me. Winning on home soil – and for a British team like Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – would be up there with winning the world championship”.
Although Button’s smooth-style is well respected on the circuit, it often leaves critics urging for more attacking prowess, but with a sodden Silverstone Button’s fragile and tentative racing lines could perhaps see him fighting for a top 3 finish.
Button’s teammate Lewis Hamilton is currently sitting 3rd, 23 points behind Alonso and a victory this weekend would be the perfect atonement for a disappointing finish in Valencia, when a collision on the final lap ensured Hamilton finished last. And Hamilton is no stranger to the podium at Silverstone, when he won back in 2008.
The outcome of the race is likely to be determined by the weather and with Britain currently experiencing a months rainfall in two days, spectator’s attending the weekend event will hope the drainage, that has so far coped with the rainfall, will withstand the additional pressures of the 16,000 people that are expected to camp.
Silverstone has evolved dramatically over the past few years, following its close handover to Donington back in 2009, but when that fell through Silverstone regained its status as the home of British Formula 1 and has since spent over £1m on traffic management and car parking.
Whether a spectator trackside, casting an evil eye on the rain filling the sky and track with misery, or in the comforts of your dry abode, Specialised Covers hope the thrills of this great British motoring event don’t dampen your love for the sport.
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