Lewis Hamilton’s grid-defying victory at Silverstone is being seen as a pivotal one by the bookmakers, with Sunday’s British GP win seeing him replace Nico Rosberg as the Drivers’ Championship favourite.
Lewis Hamilton is counting on the support of the massed ranks of fans at Silverstone to help him overcome his qualifying setback in the British GP – although the Mercedes driver admits a race-day fight back is unlikely to prove as straightforward as in Austria.
Mercedes led the way in opening practice for the British GP on Friday morning, although there was double disappointment for Williams after both Felipe Massa and Susie Wolff came to grief at Silverstone.
Susie Wolff’s long-awaited grand prix weekend bow – the first for a female driver in two decades – proved to be over almost before it had even begun at Silverstone on Friday after a engine failure struck her Williams car after just four laps.
Sergio Perez has admitted Force India must continue scoring “big points” if they are to stave off improving rivals in the battle for fourth in the Constructors’ Championship – although the Mexican concedes Silverstone may not bring out the best in the VJM07.
McLaren’s struggles are set to continue this weekend at the British GP with the team admitting the weaknesses of their disappointing MP4-29 charger are likely to be highlighted rather than hidden by the high-speed characteristics of the Silverstone circuit.