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    F1 2020 - G.P. Nº 4 - GRAN BRETAÑA

    FORMULA 1 TEMPORADA 2020 – GP Nº 4

    GRAN PREMIO DE GRAN BRETAÑA

    Silverstone
    Towcester.

    Silverstone Circuit
    Towcester
    Northants
    NN12 8TN
    Great Britain


    HORARIOS:
    Viernes 31 de Julio :
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 1 :Horario Local : 11:00 a 12:30 - España :12:00 a 13:30 - GMT : 10:00 a 11:30
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 2 : Horario Local :15:00 a 16:30 - España :16:00 a 17:30 - GMT : 14:00 a 15:30

    Sábado 1 de Agosto :
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 3 : Horario Local : 11:00 a 12:00 - España :12:00 a 13:00 - GMT : 10:00 a 11:00
    • Clasificatorias de Parrilla de Salida : Horario Local :14:00 a 15:00 - España :15:00 a 16:00 - GMT : 13:00 a 14:00

    Domingo 2 de Agosto :
    • CARRERA: Horario Local: 14:10 - España: 15:10 - GMT: 13:10




















    Datos Básicos de Pista
    • Fecha de creación: 1950
    • Primer Gran Premio de F1: 13/05/1950
    • Grandes Premios organizados: 52
    • Capacidad de espectadores: 100000

    • Longitud oficial: 5.891 metros / 3,661 miles.
    • Número de vueltas: 54.
    • Longitud total de carrera: 306,198km /190,271 miles.
    • Longitud rodadura: 5.874 metros.
    • Compensacion de linea de salida: 105m.
    • Curvas oficiales: 18.
    • Curvas reales: 17.
    • Curvas oficiales a derecha: 8.
    • Curvas oficiales a izquierda: 10.
    • Curvas reales a derecha: 8.
    • Curvas reales a izquierda: 9.

    • Consumo por vuelta: 1,92 Kg.
    • Consumo por vuelta: 2,56 l.
    • Penalización por vuelta de combustible: 0,067 s.
    • Demora por cada 10Kg de carga: 0,35 s.
    • Tiempo de entrada y salida de pits (sin repostar): 19,1 s.
    • Distancia desde la salida hasta la primera frenada: 390 m.
    • [B]Tiempo de vuelta de referencia: 1:32,235.

    • Carga aerodinámica: Alta
    • Dureza / Desgaste de frenos: Bajo
    • Agarre del asfalto: Medio
    • Tipo de neumático: Medio
    • Desgaste de neumáticos: Medio


    • Compuestos de neumáticos suministrados por Pirelli:

    • Compuestos de neumáticos seleccionados por los pilotos/equipos:

    • Brembo. La frenada más dura de Silverstone:



    • Ventana Pit Stop a 1 parada : vueltas 27 a 34
    • Ventana Pit Stop a 2 paradas : vueltas 16 a 21 y 32 a 38
    • Ventana Pit Stop a 3 paradas : vueltas 15 a 17 , 26 a 30 y 38 a 41
    • Mejor vuelta : L. Hamilton - 1:27.369 - (Mercedes 2019)
    • Mejor pole : V. Bottas - 1:25,023 - (Mercedes 2019)
    • Pole 2019 : V. Bottas - 1:25,023 - (Mercedes)
    • Vuelta Rápida 2019 : L. Hamilton - 1:27.369 (Mercedes)
    • Podium 2019 : 1º L. Hamilton - 2º V. Bottas - 3º C. Leclerc


    • Piloto con más Poles: 6 L. Hamilton
    • Escudería con más Poles: 11 Williams, Ferrari
    • Piloto con más victorias: 6 L.Hamilton
    • Escudería con más Victorias: 14 Ferrari


    Jaime Alguersuari nos da una vuelta al circuito inglés de Silverstone en el simulador de Red Bull.


    Clasificatorias 2019 Highlights


    Onboard de la pole de V. Bottas en 2019:


    F1 2019 Silverstone Highlights


    F1 2019 Silverstone Mejores on board


    Silverstone es una pista rápida, pero también muy compleja y con una superficie muy abrasiva.

    En el año 2010 se modificó el trazado, ampliándose en casi 800m., siendo nueva toda la zona interior comprendida entre las curvas 11 y 16. Con sus 5,9 kilometros, se convierte en la tercera pista más larga del calendario, y con la nueva configuración, se convierte en una de las pistas más rápidas del año.

    Presenta una serie de curvas muy rápidas, especialmente las de Becketts, Maggotts, Chapel y Hangar Straigt. Se trata de unas zonas donde el piloto debe escoger muy bien el sitio para trazar la línea correcta y poder lograr buenos tiempos. Este es el sector más importante del circuito, donde el coche requiere una mayor carga aerodinámica y hacia el que va dirigida la puesta a punto.

    Las altas velocidades y altas fuerzas laterales causadas por el trazado del circuito, junto a lo abrasivo de la superficie de la pista, significa que será una dura prueba para los neumáticos Pirelli. La pista ya era anteriormente una de las más duras para los neumáticos, y este nuevo trazado la convierte en aún más dura para las ruedas.La nueva recta significa que la velocidad media será aún mayor que con el anterior y tradicional trazado.Entrando en la nueva sección, la nueva curva a derechas en Abbey, sin duda genera altas fuerzas laterales.

    Los cálculos sugieren que la velocidad media se mantendrá relativamente estable, y de hecho, el circuito, aún siendo rápido, es un poco menos "circuito de motor" de lo que solía ser. La potencia del motor será algo menos importante, debido a los tramos rápidos, pero sobre todo a las curvas de alta velocidad que caracterizan a este circuito.

    Silverstone no puede considerarse un circuito duro para los motores puesto que los coches tan solo aceleran al máximo el 60% del tiempo de carrera. Pero dadas las características especiales de este circuito, el coche no puede presentar debilidad alguna en ningún aspecto. Y es que Silverstone además tiene un tiempo de lo más voluble, y fácilmente mojado.

    También es el circuito más cercano a las casas de los equipos Racing Point, Renault, McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull y Williams, por lo que muchos corren "en casa".



    PALMARÉS
    2019 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2018 : S. Vettel (Ferrari)
    2017 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2016 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2015 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2014 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2013 : N. Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2012 : M. Webber (Red Bull)
    2011 : F. Alonso (Ferrari)
    2010 : M. Webber (Red Bull)
    2009 : S. Vettel (Red Bull)
    2008 : L. Hamilton (McLaren)
    2007 : K. Raïkkönen (Ferrari)
    2006 : F. Alonso (Renault)
    2005 : J.P. Montoya (McLaren)
    2004 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2003 : R. Barrichello (Ferrari)
    2002 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2001 : M. Hakkinen (McLaren)
    2000 : D. Coulthard (McLaren)
    1999 : D. Coulthard (McLaren)
    1998 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    1997 : J. Villeneuve (Williams)
    1996 : J. Villeneuve (Williams)
    1995 : J. Herbert (Benetton)
    1994 : D. Hill (Williams)
    1993 : A. Prost (Williams)
    1992 : N. Mansell (Williams)
    1991 : N. Mansell (Williams)
    1990 : A. Prost (Ferrari)
    1989 : A. Prost (McLaren)
    1988 : A. Senna (McLaren)
    1987 : N. Mansell (Williams)
    1985 : A. Prost (McLaren)
    1983 : A. Prost (Renault)
    1981 : J. Watson (McLaren)
    1979 : C. Regazzoni (Williams)
    1977 : J. Hunt (McLaren)
    1975 : R. Fittipaldi (McLaren)

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    Muchas gracias, McH. A ver cómo evolucionan aquí los coches... y el virus.



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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    S. Pérez se ha "autoaislado" pues se encuentra a la espera de otro prueba, ya que la primera mostró un resltado "no concluyente":

    https://www.pitpass.com/67466/Perez-...ve-test-result
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    S. Pérez se ha "autoaislado" pues se encuentra a la espera de otro prueba, ya que la primera mostró un resltado "no concluyente":

    https://www.pitpass.com/67466/Perez-...ve-test-result

    Pues al final ha dado positivo y no participará. Veremos cómo afecta al resto del equipo. ¿Quién es el piloto reserva?





    Formula 1@F1 · 4min


    BREAKING: Sergio Perez will not take part in this weekend's British Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19

    He is self-isolating and we wish him a speedy recovery

    Racing Point's driver line-up will be announced in due course



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    Tienen un "acuerdo" con Mercedes y disponen de dos pilotos "sustitutos". Uno sé que es Stoffel Vandoorne pero el otro no me acuerdo. Ahora lo miro.

    Actualización: El otro es Esteban Gutiérrez.
    Última edición por llumia; 30/07/2020 a las 21:46
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Parece que Sergio estuvo "viajero" recientemente:

    https://www.espn.com.mx/deporte-moto...e-racing-point

    Con ese cochazo, si es a resultas de una falta de profesionalidad, es para caparlo.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Según Andrew Benson (BBC F1), Vandoorne, no estaría disponible, en principio, por tener carrera, en breves fechas.
    Última edición por llumia; 30/07/2020 a las 22:05
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    @RacingPointF1

    Following the announcement that@SChecoPerez has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix, the team regrets to announce that he will be unable to participate in this weekend’s race.

    Sergio is physically well and in good spirits, but he will continue to self-isolate under the guidelines of the relevant public health authorities, with safety the ultimate priority for the team and the sport.

    The entire team wishes Sergio well and looks forward to welcoming him back into the cockpit of the RP20 soon. Our intention is to race two cars on Sunday. We will communicate the next steps for our British Grand Prix weekend in due course.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Pues al final ha dado positivo y no participará. Veremos cómo afecta al resto del equipo. ¿Quién es el piloto reserva?
    Racing Point no tiene un tercer piloto designado para reemplazar a alguno de sus competidores en la temporada. En su lugar comparte los reservas de Mercedes; Esteban Gutiérrez y Stoffel Vandoorne.

    Vandoorne no está en Silverstone este fin de semana dado que se prepara para el reinicio de la Fórmula E en Berlín, mientras que Gutiérrez no ha participado en un gran premio desde el final de la temporada 2016.

    Motorsport.com entiende que Nico Hulkenberg es ahora el favorito para tomar el lugar de Pérez al lado de Lance Stroll. Hulkenberg estuvo cinco años dentro del equipo de Silverstone cuando el nombre de la escudería era Force India, compitiendo con ellos en 2012 y 2014-2016.

    La última vez que el piloto alemán estuvo en la F1 fue en el final de la temporada 2019 en Abu Dhabi cuando tuvo su última aparición con Renault.
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    Muchas gracias a los dos por la información.

    Pues si las opciones son Guti o Hulk espero que puedan subir al segundo.

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    José María Rubio, en Autopista lo da por hecho, (lo de NH). Ahora falta que NH dé negativo en el test. Cuando tengan el resultado favorable, lo anunciarán, supongo:

    https://www.autopista.es/formula1/fo...60279_102.html
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Más información, desde la página oficial de la F1:

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...jlZNjNoUW.html
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    El equipo Red Bull Racing tiene previsto probar una cantidad importante de novedades en este GP:

    https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/15...l-of-new-parts
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Albert Fábrega ya ha descubierto novedades en la zona de las placas barcaza/bargeboards de la MCL35:

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Como cada GP las previas de los distintos equipos:

    British GP: Preview - Ferrari
    Sunday's race will be the 71st British Grand Prix. This and the Italian GP are the only two races to have featured every year on the World Championship calendar. In fact, if Formula 1 can be considered to have a home, it's probably Silverstone. This historic venue sprung up from an RAF airfield, using the perimeter roads and on 13 May 1950, it hosted the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix and it was also here, one year later, that Scuderia Ferrari took its first win in the category, courtesy of the Argentine Jose Froilan Gonzalez in a 375 F1.



    Over the years, the British Grand Prix has been run at three different venues. This year, Silverstone hosts the race for the 54th time, while it was run at Aintree five times and at the swoopy Brands Hatch track on 12 occasions. Ferrari has won in England 17 times, also taking 15 pole positions and a total of 57 podium finishes.


    Up until 1990, it was very high speed and since then it has undergone several layout changes. For 1991, a much slower track was devised, removing some of its best loved corners. Then in, 2010, the track was lengthened by 750 metres and the following year, the start-finish line was moved from the straight between Woodcote and Copse to the one between Club and Abbey. The current Formula 1 cars generate a lateral force of 5g at Copse, which is taken flat and also in the legendary Maggots and Becketts sequence where the very quick changes of direction present the cars with a stern test, as they need to maintain momentum to have as much speed as possible down the Hangar Straight.


    Laurent Mekies Sporting Director:
    "Going back to Silverstone is always a special feeling even though this year we won't see the very enthusiastic British fans in the grandstands. I am sure that we will somehow feel their presence.


    "It's the first high speed track of the season and it is vital that we use the two races we have here to improve our understanding of the car. We know that from a pure competitiveness point of view it will be difficult, but we need to focus on acquiring the best information possible so that we can develop our car in the right direction.


    "The race team had a few days back at base to regroup after the first triple header, and we are all returning to the track with the strong will to deliver the best possible result this weekend. It is certainly a character building start to the season but we know that we can count on our team, our drivers, and our fans, to fight back as a united group. There is no magic formula to turn things around quickly and there's a lot of hard work ahead of us, which is what we are here for.


    "Finally, it is good to see the calendar taking shape with 3 more races being confirmed, on circuits with very different characteristics which should represent a good challenge for the teams and a great show for the fans."


    Sebastian Vettel
    :
    "I really look forward to Silverstone because the track is amazing. I think we all love it. The circuit used to be an airfield so the area around it is very exposed and so the wind can play a very important role, as it can seriously affect the car's handling one way or another. It can make it very difficult to drive or it can help the driver even more in getting what he wants from it.


    "The weather and the temperatures are usually unpredictable and that's another reason why it's not easy to find the right balance with the car. We'll see how our car behaves on this type of circuit which again is different to those in Austria and Hungary, with a lot of high speed corners."


    Charles Leclerc
    :
    "Heading to Silverstone for the next race, two specific traits come to mind when thinking about the circuit. The track is very fast, with the Maggots-Becketts part being particularly impressive to drive through. It also tends to be quite cold there and changeable weather conditions means it is a challenge to predict how the race weekend will turn out.


    "It will also be our second pair of back-to-back races held at the same circuit this season and the work completed during the first weekend is a good foundation to build on for the second event. We will have to learn as much as we can in the opening days and keep our heads down to make sure we make good progress."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    British GP: Preview - Red Bull


    We are three races into the season and Hungary proved eventful. What are your thoughts looking back?

    Max Verstappen
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    It's good that the team got to have a week off at home with their families after the triple header, especially after that little bit of extra stress before the race in Hungary! I've watched the video back of the mechanics working on my car on the grid and it was crazy what they achieved but it was cool to see that they all knew exactly how to operate and what to do, even in such an unexpected situation. Without them I would not have even started the race.


    The next triple header kicks off with two races at Silverstone. What do you think of the track?


    MV:
    I'm looking forward to the next triple header and Silverstone is a really nice track to drive. The corners at Silverstone are insanely fast and Copse is flat out! Maggots is also flat out in seventh gear which is already crazy, especially in qualifying as you don't even tap the brake anymore, you just downshift. At Silverstone you have to get the right wing level, and of course for the lower speed corners you prefer more downforce and grip. Obviously it can rain at Silverstone, even though it is summer in the UK (laughs) but I like those conditions and maybe we wouldn't mind the rain as it could mix things up.


    The season is now well underway after three back to back races. How are you feeling now you're back home?


    Alex Albon:
    I feel pretty good! Obviously as a team it hasn't been an ideal start to the season but aside from the DNF, we've been able to score some good points. I think with that being said, the car can only improve so I'm feeling positive. We know the areas we need to work on and with Silverstone being a home race close to the factory, that's good news. I think we can hopefully get a good result there, historically it's been a pretty good track for the team, and it's one I really enjoy driving.


    You had an impressive race in Hungary. It must've been a lot of fun overtaking your way through the field?


    AA:
    Hungary was a lot of fun but obviously we don't want to start that far back again. I think we have a very good race car, so once we get on top of our Saturday qualifying trim, we should be in good stead for the Sunday races. Hungary was a fun race, it's not the easiest track to overtake at so to pull off the passing moves and get so far up the grid was pretty satisfying.


    Christian Horner:
    When Max crashed into the barriers on the way to the grid at the Hungaroring, we were unsure if he would even take part in the race. But a superhuman effort from the team to repair his RB16 in record time meant he was able to not only race but also finish second on the podium.


    I was watching the out lap on the monitor and saw Max run wide at turn six/seven. He was pushing to find out where the grip was and trying to synchronise eighth gear on the run down to turn 12, which means you have to be flat-out to get that synchronisation. The circuit was more slippery than he thought, and the tyres were pretty cold, nobody could quite believe their eyes when he went off into the barrier.


    Luckily, he managed to keep the engine running and reverse out of the barrier. We were unsure how serious the damage was and had to decide quickly whether to call him into the pit lane, but we made the call to send him to the grid to see if we could get the job done so he wouldn't lose his grid position. As the mechanics greeted Max's RB16 at the back of the grid and pushed him through the rest of the field we had no idea whether we would get the work done in time.


    We'd identified on the screens that the track rod and push rod had broken but it was an unknown whether the wishbone or upright had broken on his suspension. If it was, that would have been game over.


    The funny thing is, I wasn't stressed about it. I felt that if anyone could do the repairs then our mechanics could. As soon as he got to the grid, they tore in to it but most importantly the non-destructive test inspection needed to happen on the components to make sure it was safe.


    Those results came out fine and then it was a race against the clock to get those parts changed, which is a massive undertaking because they are pretty complicated in design.


    You'd need to be a sensational piano player to be able to work your fingers within the space they had, such is the tight design of these cars.


    Everyone did their bit - the frontend boys, the No.1 mechanic, the chief mechanic - it was seamless. Of course, everything else also needs to happen on the car as normal, to prepare for the start of the race, so it was very well co-ordinated.


    Around five minutes from the cut-off point, the chief mechanic gave me a wink to say it was looking alright and the wheels went on with about 25 seconds to go.


    Other teams' mechanics clapped our guys off the grid. It was the absolute epitome of teamwork, all the guys working together in synchronisation against the clock and getting the job done. TAG Heuer would be proud of that Don't Crack Under Pressure moment that's for sure!


    They were properly buzzed in the garage and then, of course, they had to calm themselves down because it is the same mechanics doing the pit stops and they smashed in a sub two second pit stop as well - the quickest during the race - for the third race in a row. It was a phenomenal team performance.


    On race days this year, Alex has been fantastic. In Austria, he nearly won the first race and he drove a great race and recovery drive last Sunday in Hungary. We just have to give him a car that is more consistent on a Saturday and his results will improve.


    Hungary is normally a track where we have been strong, but last Friday we were a little bit at sea. The mechanics broke the curfew making changes but still the car was not performing as it should and the drivers were struggling with the unpredictable characteristics. The changing weather conditions also reduced the opportunity for a like for like comparison between sessions which really hampered our progress.


    So, after qualifying we were well out of position in seventh and 13th on the grid and if I'm honest it was a pretty depressing evening. It felt like one those weekends where nothing was going our way despite everyone working their arses off. One thing you can be sure of about our team is that we never give up and we all have a massive amount of fight in us.


    We went into Sunday with a renewed energy and you can only imagine the feeling when we saw Max hit the wall. But once we got over the out-lap incident, the drivers did a great job in the race and the car performed better than expected. Max put the incident out of his mind, that was a real sign of maturity from him and Alex put his head down and fought his way past some of the most experienced drivers on the grid.


    We know Mercedes have a very strong package and the Racing Points have a very quick car also. So for us to beat the Racing Points, with Alex ahead of Sergio Perez and being able to split the Mercedes was a great salvage when we were staring down the barrel of a very difficult weekend.


    With the British Grand Prix up next, I was remembering back to 1991 and one of my earliest F1 memories. I had not long had a driving licence and had an imitation Porsche that was really a Beetle, with a Porsche spoiler on the back and exhausts out of the side.


    Back then, Goodyear were the tyre suppliers and they used to do two days of testing at Silverstone around a month before the British GP. I had been to Silverstone previously to see Johnny Herbert in a Formula 3 car, I'd also seen Eddie Irvine in Formula Ford, but this was the first time I saw an F1 car driving around the circuit.


    So I sneaked a day off school and instead of driving there, I drove to Silverstone. I managed to find a hole in the fence and made it in to the pit lane. Having got in there, I definitely wasn't going to leave.


    I managed to get in front of the Williams garage, who had developed a phenomenally quick car that Nigel Mansell was testing - which would have been one of Adrian's cars.


    I met Nigel and he was very generous with his time. I then went to the back of the pits and I bumped into Ayrton Senna. We stood face-to-face and he saw the jacket I was wearing, which was from one of the karting teams that I drove for. He recognised the kart manufacturer and started asking me about karting.


    So not only had I seen Nigel, who was my boyhood hero, I also met this other icon in Senna. So driving home in my Volkswagen Beetle, I was over the moon. It did not help my A Levels, but I had a great day!
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    British GP: Preview - McLaren

    Lando Norris: "It's great to be heading back to Silverstone for not one but two home races as we start the next triple-header. We've had the chance to reset and reflect on what we've learnt from our first three races of the season. I can't wait to go racing again and want to ensure we maintain our progress going into the British Grand Prix. The track itself offers fast and exciting racing with great opportunities to overtake. We know the competition will be tough, but we've got to focus on ourselves, work hard and build on our promising start to the season.



    "My home race as an F1 driver is a very special occasion just like it was the first time around last year. Obviously, it's going to be disappointing not to have the fans there, but for everyone's safety the best experience is to watch it from home. This weekend I'll be running a very special helmet, following the competition I ran to design my home grand prix lid. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the reveal this week."


    Carlos Sainz
    :
    "We head to Silverstone for our next set of races and the home races for the team! After some sweet and sour moments during an intense first triple-header, we've had some extra time to review the first weekends and draw our conclusions more calmly. We've analysed our strengths and weaknesses, and I can't wait to drive this car on a third circuit with different challenges. Despite leaving some points on the table, overall it's been a positive start to the season, finishing all three races in the top 10 and being consistent on track. Everyone in the team is pushing flat-out and we need to keep up the good work. I'm feeling recharged, prepared and ready to go again for another triple-header.


    "Silverstone is one of my favourite tracks due to the quick pace of the circuit and the numerous chances to overtake. I had a great race at the British Grand Prix last season, finishing P6 with plenty of overtakes on track and intensively defending my position during the last few laps! Silverstone always offers exciting moments and we're going to miss the immense support of the McLaren fans very much there. Even if they aren't at the track, they can be sure we're going to give our best to secure a good result and make them proud. Let's go!"


    James Key, Technical Director:
    "It's been an exciting opening to the season that's been closely fought between the teams around us. As it's a compressed season, the pressure is on to make the most of every race weekend.


    "We have come away from the first triple-header recognising similar strengths and weaknesses in the car from those we saw back at testing in Barcelona. This is good because it allows us to keep our priorities for development consistent with what we had previously planned.


    "The British Grand Prix will see a continued evolution of the MCL35 with some developments that will be tested over the coming race weekend. We've got a unique challenge in balancing upgrades for this year while ensuring our 2021 car is moving ahead in parallel, as the only team to be changing engine partners between 2020 and 2021, our design work and planning for next year is more critical than for others.


    "Silverstone will be the first high-speed circuit this season and offers a mix of different corner types that give will another useful data point for our car. It is a fantastic circuit and the flowing nature of the high-speed corners, combined with long, technical low-speed turns and the need for good efficiency will be a new challenge compared to Austria and Hungary.


    "Looking ahead to the second grand prix at Silverstone and to Spain, we'll have further test items to add to the car to provide new insight into potential development opportunities for the future.


    "It's quite an intensive period at the moment and there has been some great work, by the design and production teams in particular, to push all these items through in a relatively short space of time after coming back from the shutdown and furlough periods. Thanks as always to our colleagues at Renault and our trackside team for enabling us to collect data and maximise our on-track performance."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    British GP: Preview - Renault

    Daniel Ricciardo showed promising pace from the first three races of the season with two eighth place finishes to show for it. Now it's time for Silverstone where the Australian made his Formula 1 debut in 2011, as he aims to give it his all.



    What do you enjoy most about racing at Silverstone?


    Daniel Ricciardo
    :
    I love racing at Silverstone. It's a special one for me especially as it's where I first raced a Formula 1 car back in 2011. That feels quite long ago now, but I do remember it well. Silverstone is a great track, it's quite epic at full whack with a nice flow to it. It's high-speed throughout and you have to be quite brave in a few places and get the car to stick. We all love Maggots and Becketts, they are amongst the best corners of the entire season and that's a lot of fun.


    How confident are you heading into this race?


    DR:
    We do have a couple of updates ahead of Silverstone. I think it's pretty evident we've made a good step with the car this year, but so have other teams, and we have to keep progressing and developing in order to achieve better results. Silverstone is one of those tracks which is flowing with mainly medium to high-speed corners. I'm looking forward to testing out some of these new upgrades and hopefully finding a bit more performance.


    What would you say about the first three races?


    DR:
    We have had eighth every race. It's not too bad, but we know we've had more speed than just the 12 points to show for in all three of the races. We had a couple of reliability issues, which I think we're on top of now and a couple of qualifying sessions where we've just lacked a tenth here or there. For these next few races, we have to target better points and I think that's certainly achievable. It's very close between a handful of teams and we are not far from one of those top five, top six finishes. It's coming, let's go!


    It's been an eventful opening to the season for Esteban Ocon with plenty of pace and potential on offer. The Frenchman is targeting a better haul of points from the next batch of races, beginning in Silverstone this weekend.


    What stands out at Silverstone?


    Esteban Ocon
    :
    Silverstone is a really fun circuit to drive. In a Formula 1 car, any fast sequence of corners are a fantastic experience and, at Silverstone, you get that throughout. We all talk about Maggots and Becketts, but they are so much fun to drive in a modern car. They are just awesome. It's a challenging lap, but a track where a lot of it is down to the driver. It's about nailing every corner and carrying momentum through the whole lap. There are a few overtaking spots there, so I'm sure there will be some great racing and we'll be aiming to be fighting for those points places.


    I have some nice memories from racing Formula 3 in Silverstone. I was on pole, got three podiums and won a race there in 2014 and then I also took a podium in GP3. Another thing to consider at Silverstone is the weather! We've had some interesting weather so far this season and Silverstone won't be any different. Rain or dry, I'm sure we'll be ready for the challenge.


    How would you evaluate the first three races?


    EO:
    We have a clear area that we need to work on. We learnt a lot from the first races of the season. We know we have improved a lot, but we also know there are more things to keep on top of and get better. The potential is there, it's just about extracting those little details and maximising everything. I want to pick up more points from these next races and I'm sure we can do it. We have a couple of new upgrades to try out, so we'll see what they bring and aim to get the most from our package.


    It's been a mixed start to the season for the team as it prepares for the British Grand Prix. Chassis Technical Director Pat Fry outlines the challenges of Silverstone and explains the various upgrades to the Renault R.S.20 for this weekend.


    What are the main challenges of Silverstone?


    Pat Fry:
    Silverstone is a mixture of medium and high-speed corners. The old part of the circuit is fantastic, especially the run through Maggots, Becketts and Chapel. It's a great circuit for highlighting potential car performance problems and identifying what works well and what doesn't. You need a good level of efficiency in the car and it's also quite a power sensitive circuit. The last race in Hungary was at the extreme maximum downforce. Silverstone, however, is more about having an efficient car that works well in the high-speed corners. In the past, our car hasn't been suited to this sort of track but, this year, the signs are there that we're heading in the right direction.


    What upgrades is the team planning to bring to the Renault R.S.20?


    PF:
    We are bringing a number of updates to the car this weekend as well as running a different downforce level. It's a reasonable update and it will be interesting to see how it performs here at Silverstone. I wouldn't say it's enough to shake up the order but it's a good upgrade at this stage of the season. Silverstone is a good circuit to test these things, it has enough straights for measuring the aero performance as well as a great mixture of corners so we can really gauge the effect on the cars handling. One thing to consider is the wind, it can be very windy there and it will be good to see how we have improved in these conditions since testing in Barcelona. If it's dry, we'll have an idea of what's going on.


    How would you assess the team's performance so far this year?


    PF:
    The results we've had so far, are probably where we deserve to be at the moment. It's been good to see we've improved the car and we're amongst the teams to have made the most progress from last year. There's obviously a lot of work to do and we have to keep developing. Reliability has been disappointing and it's frustrating to have those problems. We're working hard on this and we need to improve all of our processes from quality assurance through manufacturing and the build phase all the way to the implemented on the car.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    British GP: Preview - Racing Point

    Silverstone provides one of the highest average speeds of any circuit on the Formula 1 calendar, thanks to its long straights and sequences of quickfire, high-speed corners. A well-balanced car able to handle quick changes of direction is key to success here.



    The track was resurfaced in 2019, removing one aspect of this particular challenge - but the circuit remains almost unmatched in the amount of energy it exerts on the Pirelli tyres [particularly the fronts] due to both the high-speed nature of the layout and the long lap distance.


    While Silverstone is demanding of a car overall, it's actually relatively easy on the brakes. The circuit's largely high-speed corners mean there are very few heavy braking events. Combined with high average speeds, cooling is also less of an issue here than at many other circuits.


    The British Grand Prix will feature the first use of the C1 compound in 2020 - the hardest in Pirelli's range - alongside the C2 and C3. However, should there be no rain between race weekends, track evolution will likely see the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix feature faster lap times and less stress on the tyres thanks to a softer allocation including the C2, C3 and C4 compounds.


    Located on the site of a former airfield, wind is a much bigger factor to consider at Silverstone than at most Grands Prix. Sudden gusts can easily catch a driver out in the corners, which also plays a part in the reasonably frequent appearance of the Safety Car here.


    The team passed a significant milestone in Hungary, with Lance and Checo's 18-point haul taking Racing Point past the 100-point milestone in Formula 1. A Top 10 finish for Checo this weekend would make it 10 consecutive points-scoring finishes for both the Mexican and the team too!


    What's the best thing about racing at Silverstone?


    Lance Stroll
    :
    "It's great for the race team, because it means they get to stay at home and there's less travel - which is a definite plus considering we've just had a triple header and the new 2020 calendar is pretty full-on! It's also a home race for the whole team, so that gives everyone a boost and an extra drive to do well."


    Will you miss having the British fans at the track?


    LS:
    "Definitely. We miss having the fans everywhere we go - but the British fans are so enthusiastic and are real petrolheads. It feels like the heart of Formula 1 at Silverstone and you really feel that every time you race in front of those fans. It's a shame we won't get to experience it this time - but we'll try to put on a good show for those watching at home."


    What are your expectations for the weekend?


    LS:
    "It's promising that we've been able to start the first three races on the front foot and show our pace. We've now raced at two very different circuits in Austria and Hungary and we've been strong at both. That gives me confidence for the races ahead and we can target a good number of points here too."


    What's it like racing at the team's home event?


    Sergio Perez
    :
    "It always makes me feel proud to race at Silverstone. Knowing I'm driving a car that nearly 500 people helped design and build in a factory just across the road gives me extra motivation to do well as a 'thank you' to everyone in the team. It can be quite an emotional event for all of us."


    Will it feel strange to be racing in front of empty grandstands at Silverstone?


    SP:
    "We will definitely miss the fans here. They are some of the most knowledgeable in Formula 1. Some of them even remember when you raced here in the lower categories! We're missing the fans at every race we go to - but the passion of the British fans is really amazing, so it will feel very strange."


    The team currently sits P4 in the standings. Is that where you expected to be after three races?


    SP:
    "It's great to be up there fighting at the front again. We had a tough year in 2019 and it shows that all the hard work we did over the winter to put that right was worth it. We've made a good start - but I think even more is possible. We've had some bad luck so far and the best is yet to come."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    British GP: Preview - AlphaTauri

    Pierre Gasly: "After completing three races, I think we can say we have a car that is honest, although we know there are things that need to be improved, especially in terms of aero. We can find more performance there. The car has no major weaknesses in any particular area. We have to improve two or three things to get a car that is better balanced. The most important thing is to find a bit more downforce. Looking at our performance, we have to consider that, in the mid-field, several teams have made a big step from last year, especially Racing Point and McLaren and right away that has made for a bigger gap between them and us. Williams has clearly made enormous progress and can now be considered as part of the mid-field battle as are Renault. Now it's down to us to close on those in front and hopefully overtake them.



    "I have been able to do a day in the simulator in Milton Keynes last week. It was a bit different to usual, with the travel restrictions, so my engineers could not be with me and we did the briefings with a video conference involving the people in Faenza and Bicester. It's not quite the same, but you get used to it!

    "Now we come to another triple-header. Having had three races in a row, you do notice a bit of tiredness coming in, but to be fair, I didn't do much running in Hungary so I have nothing to complain about in that respect. However, for the rest of the team, the mechanics and engineers, it's a different matter as the pace is very busy and the necessary restrictions on the way we work adds to the difficulty. It's not easy for them doing a lot of triple headers and it's intense for everyone in the paddock.

    "Silverstone is one of the best tracks of the season. It has a lot of fast corners and you get into a rhythm through sections like Maggots and Becketts, which is one of the nicest of the year, making it very exciting. With these current cars, it has become a track where engine power is now more important than before, because the first corner is flat, then Copse that used to be the first corner is also flat, as is Maggots, so effectively there are fewer corner. So straight line speed is more important, but it's still great fun to drive. For the second race at Silverstone, we will all be using softer tyres which means we have to rethink some aspects of how we tackle the second weekend. On a track where you put a lot of energy through the tyres with all the high speed corners it will have an effect in qualifying and also in terms of how much oversteer or understeer you get and over a race distance, tyre management will be an important topic."


    Daniil Kvyat
    :
    "It's great that Formula 1 has managed to put a calendar together and I was happy to be back racing again in Austria and Hungary. With three races behind us, it's still a bit hard to identify the strengths and weaknesses of our car. We are still working, me and the engineers, to find a solid baseline that we can start from at every race. In general, I was pleased with the race pace, but in quali in Budapest I was less happy with the car. But we think we know why that was and we are planning to try something different at Silverstone this weekend to see if we can improve. I'm pleased with the way Sundays have gone, but if we could start from around tenth on the grid that would make life more straightforward and allow us to have a strong race. We will see if we can squeeze something more out of the single lap.

    "The battle in the mid-field seems to be much closer than last year, for example, Racing Point has made a big step forward and they are ahead of us and I think that also applies to McLaren. Those two will make life tough. Since Hungary, I've managed to do a session in the simulator and that was very useful for myself and the team. It had been such a long time since we had been without it. My engineers were with me via video call and it worked fine like that. It seemed unusual at first, but we managed to make it work well.

    "We will now have another triple-header and having just done three races in a row, I would say it was fine, even if was quite demanding. It's a lot of racing, so you have to manage your energy levels and be equally fresh for all three races. Of course, it's tougher for the mechanics, but at least with all these races in Europe, the travelling doesn't involve any long flights and you're not dealing with jet lag.

    "Now we have two races at Silverstone. It's a very interesting track and it can produce some good racing thanks to the long straights. I enjoy driving it and I hope we can find a good baseline set-up immediately, as that will be the key to a good weekend. To mix things up, we are getting different tyre compounds for the second race the following weekend at Silverstone. Having the softer tyres is a pretty big change and we will be trying to understand their behaviour as quickly as possible in free practice to identify the best way to manage them."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    British GP: Preview - Alfa Romeo

    Few places on the Formula One calendar embody the spirit of the sport as well as Silverstone does. The British track, host to the first ever world championship race in 1950, is almost synonym with motorsport: as Formula One celebrated its 1000th race last year, we reminisced at length about that inaugural race in 1950 - won, of course, by Nino Farina in an Alfetta 158.



    As the dominant force in the opening seasons of the world championship, the Alfa Romeo brand also wrote some historical pages in the sport - and therefore goes hand in hand with the British venue. And while the circuit, with its gleaming Wing towering on the start-finish straight, is a world apart from the bumpy airfield that saw that inaugural race take place, the feeling of being in a special place remains.


    That's a good thing, then, since we'll be staying there for two weeks as Silverstone hosts the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, two events in a fortnight on the fast Northamptonshire circuit. Silverstone is called home by seven of the ten Formula One teams, which are based in a small radius, known as Motorsport Valley, around the circuit. As we make the trip from Switzerland, however, we won't feel like outliers. We've conquered this place before - it feels like home already.


    Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal:
    "The next three races will be another crucial juncture of the season. We come from the first real break, after the opening triple header: it's been the first chance for the teams to regroup, assess the situation and start addressing the rest of the year, so it will be important to show we have made use of the time since Hungary to make progress. We have a much more defined idea of where the strengths, and weaknesses, of our package are and we keep working together to make another step forward after what we have shown in the first few races. The midfield battle is still close and I have full confidence that our team has what it takes, both in terms of personnel and machinery, to score regularly."


    Kimi Raikkonen
    :
    "The first few races haven't been ideal in terms of results but the important thing is that we are moving in the right direction. We have identified the areas where we need to improve and hopefully we will get to Silverstone with the solutions needed to give us some extra competitivity. We have seen we can fight against most midfield cars on Sunday and we are confident we can come home with points from either of these two races."


    Antonio Giovinazzi
    :
    "I am looking forward to this British double race. We have had some difficult races so far but the team spirit is high and we know we can get back strongly if we all work together. On Sunday we are very competitive, we have shown that in each of the races so far, and if we put together a good qualifying we can be fighting for the top ten from lap one, so this has to be our objective going forward. We have seen in Austria that racing twice in the same venue gives some unique opportunities and we will be aiming to make the most of these two races."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    British GP: Preview - Haas

    The inaugural Formula 1 World Championship grand prix took place at Silverstone back in 1950 and the circuit will be the host venue for the next two rounds of the 2020 season.



    First up is the British Grand Prix, an event that can trace its history back to 1926, and has taken place at legendary venues Brooklands, Aintree, Brands Hatch and, consecutively since 1987, Silverstone. The British Grand Prix is one of just two grands prix to have featured in each season of the Formula One World Championship and the 5.891-kilometer (3.660-mile), 18-turn Silverstone Circuit is located within the heart of the UK's Motorsport Valley. Seven of Formula One's 10 teams are based within a short drive of Silverstone and for Haas F1 Team it is a brief journey from its European workshop in Banbury.


    The circuit is renowned for its iconic fast and fearsome sections, such as Copse, Maggots and Becketts, and Abbey, putting extreme G-forces and stresses through drivers, cars and tires alike. For that reason tire supplier Pirelli has nominated the C1, C2 and C3 compounds - the hardest trio from its range of five-dry weather tires.


    The venue brings back happy memories for Haas F1 Team, most memorably in 2018 when Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean locked out row four of the grid. Both drivers have race-winning pedigree at Silverstone, with Magnussen victorious in British Formula 3, while Grosjean was triumphant during his march to the GP2 Series title, both in 2011.

    The crew heads to Silverstone buoyed by its first top 10 finish of the 2020 campaign after Magnussen rose six places to score a point at the most recent event in Hungary.


    It will be the first time in history that the British Grand Prix has taken place as late as August and despite its summer date eyes will still be pointed skywards at the fickle weather systems that can disrupt running, keeping teams and drivers on their toes.


    The Hungarian Grand Prix proved to be the highlight, in terms of the overall performance of the VF-20, from the opening three races of the 2020 campaign. What made the difference there?


    Guenther Steiner:
    "The Hungarian circuit was a little less power sensitive, therefore in the race we had a fair showing - a decent race pace. Qualifying was not to our liking to be honest; the advantage of the other cars is just too high. Like always though, we try to do our best each session."


    While the call to pit both drivers on the formation lap in Hungary ultimately netted a pair of 10-second penalties post-race, is it a decision you stick behind given how the actual race played out?


    GS:
    "For sure we would do the same thing again. The 10 second penalty was a little bit ambiguous. Unfortunately, we cannot appeal it because it's a time penalty - you're not allowed to appeal those ones. It was never done before, and it looks like if it's never been done before - and there's no clear regulation, you get a penalty. We need to move on from this, but for sure it spiced the race up for everybody. I don't think we should stop doing these things in racing, otherwise accountants can race in Formula One."


    Do you adjust the team's approach moving forward for qualifying knowing that so-far it hasn't been an area of strength for the VF-20? Do you feel Q2 should be achievable for both cars on Saturday afternoons?


    GS:
    "I obviously feel we should get in there but unfortunately we don't. We're just lacking the speed in qualifying and that's something we have to live with as we're not planning any big upgrades and there are no engine upgrades. We just need to fight and always try to do a good job, then we can hope we move on."


    It feels like we've had a bit of everything across the first three race weekends - notably the one thing that has been consistent is the inconsistency - from variable weather session-to-session, reliability issues, qualifying performance versus race performance etc. Has it been hard to get a true feeling on where things stack up? And now that you've had time to reflect a little, what are you hoping for in terms of how the team develops the VF-20?


    GS:
    "Yes, we've had a lot of inconsistency, but I think we know pretty well where we're at. We're not the fastest midfield car this year and we just need to deal with that one. We're always trying to get the best out of the package. We've not planned any development for this year, so we have to focus on getting the best out of what we've got this season and look to next year to try to do something better for that season. It will not be an easy year but we're here to stay."


    What are the ingredients for a successful weekend setting up a car for Silverstone with its long, fast corners and how much of a role does experience, both driver and team, play in working through that set-up plan?


    GS:
    "Silverstone is a very challenging track for the drivers - they can obviously help a lot, like any other track, to be fast. Silverstone, with the high-speed corners, it's for sure a challenge for the drivers, but also for the team. Normally our car was pretty good on high-speed corners, this year I think it's a little bit different. We're just not fast enough on the corners. We just have to try to find the balance between medium-speed downforce and not losing out too much on the high-speed parts of the track."


    The Hungarian Grand Prix proved to be the highlight, in terms of the overall performance of the VF-20, from the opening three races of the 2020 campaign. What made the difference there?


    Romain Grosjean
    :
    "I think we understood the car a little bit more, we tried to put it in a better place. I guess the layout of the circuit worked a tiny bit better for the car, so we were a bit more on the pace - matching the pace of others, which was good."


    Do you adjust your mindset for qualifying knowing it's an area that so-far hasn't been an area of strength for the VF-20? Do you feel Q2 should be achievable for both cars on Saturday afternoons?


    RG:
    "I think Q2 for both cars is our next target. I don't know if that's achievable in the next few races, but it's definitely where we're aiming to go. We'll work as hard as we can and obviously try to get there without affecting our race pace."


    It feels like we've had a bit of everything across the first three race weekends - notably the one thing that has been consistent is the inconsistency - from variable weather session-to-session, reliability issues, qualifying performance versus race performance etc. Has it been hard to get a true feeling on where things stack up? And now that you've had time to reflect a little, what are you hoping for in terms of how the team develops the VF-20?


    RG:
    "I think now this year we start to have an idea as to what the VF-20's like. We're now fighting with Alfa Romeo and Williams just a little bit behind the midfield, so we just have to try to get the car in an even sweeter spot. I think we've done a good job, but we're going to keep pushing and see what comes to us and see what we can improve."


    What are the ingredients for a successful weekend setting up a car for Silverstone with its long, fast corners and how much of a role does experience play in working through that set-up plan?


    RG:
    "First of all, with Silverstone you need to see what the weather's going to be like. It's Great Britain, you can have a lot of surprises, but that's the first thing to check. Silverstone completely switches from being a fast circuit to a low speed circuit. Most of the high-speed corners are now either flat out or near flat out, the time you can gain is made into turns three, four, six and seven, and the last chicane - those are the low-speed corners. That's where you want to be performing very well in a modern car."


    What are your favorite Silverstone moments, either from your junior career or from competing in the British Grand Prix throughout your Formula One career?


    RG:
    "I've had some good moments at Silverstone, some great wins. The 2012 British Grand Prix was quite good fun. I had contact on the first lap, it took my front wing out, so I was forced to pit. I came back from being last on the first lap to finishing sixth at the checkered flag. I remember overtaking Jenson Button in the McLaren on the outside of Copse, then Lewis Hamilton through Maggots and Becketts, I was just flying through the field having a lot of fun. That was definitely a good one."


    The Hungarian Grand Prix proved to be the highlight, in terms of the overall performance of the VF-20, from the opening three races of the 2020 campaign. What made the difference there?


    Kevin Magnussen
    :
    "I think we've learned a huge amount about the VF-20 in the first three races. It's been good to get to know the car a bit more and I believe we've been successful in making progress in the direction we've tried to go with this year's car in comparison to the VF-19. The car is much more drivable in the race, it's very usable, but we still need to find more qualifying pace - and we're working on that."


    You stated after the race in Hungary that the car was very drivable, and you had the ability to keep pushing throughout the Grand Prix. Can you describe how that feels in the car and the confidence it gives you as a driver?


    KM:
    "As I said, the car is just very usable, drivable, it's consistent through the corners, as well as through a stint on a set of tires. Last year's car, for example, you couldn't push for very long, then you lost grip in the tires. The VF-20 seems to keep the tires in the working window for the whole stint - much better than last year's car. I'd say that's really the main difference. The characteristics of the car on a single lap is also better, but obviously we need more overall performance to be able to get more out of it in qualifying and the race. The baseline of the car is really good though."


    Do you adjust your mindset for qualifying knowing it's an area that so-far hasn't been an area of strength for the VF-20? Do you feel Q2 should be achievable for both cars on Saturday afternoons?


    KM:
    "I don't feel currently that we are strong enough for any more than sneaking into Q2 in qualifying. We're much stronger in the race, as I've said, but we just have to do the best we can in qualifying to get us as far up as we can so we can fight in the race. We certainly need to focus on qualifying from here."


    What are the ingredients for a successful weekend setting up a car for Silverstone with its long, fast corners and how much of a role does experience play in working through that set-up plan?


    KM:
    "I would say the ingredient for a good weekend at Silverstone is lots of downforce, although you still have some pretty decent straights - so you do need straight line speed as well. I don't think we'll change our approach very much; I think we'll just try and get our car into the window. We'll use free practice for trying to get the car set-up right and get ourselves ready for qualifying and the race."


    What are your favorite Silverstone moments, either from your junior career or from competing in the British Grand Prix throughout your Formula One career?


    KM:
    "I've had many races at Silverstone. I've raced at the old track, the new track, and in many different race cars. I've won races there in the past in F3 and had pole position in Formula Renault 3.5. I've never really had the perfect Grand Prix there in Formula One - yet."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    British GP: Preview - Williams

    We head to Silverstone this week, and the home of British motor racing for round four of the 2020 Formula One World Championship. The British Grand Prix marks the start of the next block of back-to-back races, with the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix following a week later, before the triple-header concludes at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

    Whilst the incredible British fans will be missed, the team is still looking forward to spending two weeks racing on home soil.



    Despite numerous layout changes over the years, Silverstone has always maintained its essential character as one of the fastest tracks on the calendar. Historic corners like Maggotts, Becketts and Copse provide some of the biggest challenges for racing drivers anywhere in the world. With all this in mind, it is no surprise that Silverstone remains one of the most enjoyable circuits on the calendar and provides an exciting challenge for drivers and engineers alike.


    Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance:
    Having enjoyed a weekend at home, we are all now keen to resume racing at Silverstone. Back-to-back races at one of the most iconic circuits on the calendar is a rare treat and, with the weather forecast looking good for both weekends, it is set to be a memorable period of the 2020 calendar. Racing at our home venue without the crowd will be strange, but we are still looking forward to racing hard and continuing to push the FW43 to its limits. The unique nature of Silverstone presents a very different set of challenges to the Red Bull Ring and the Hungaroring, and it will be a tremendous test of the car and the drivers.


    Pirelli are providing their hardest three tyre compounds for the first weekend at Silverstone, but for the second weekend they will lower the stiffness one step. This could change the racing a little and place different demands on the chassis and driver.


    We made good progress with the car during the opening three rounds of the season and were able to achieve some good qualifying performances at both venues. We are now in a good position to push the performance of the FW43 harder on race day as we look to score our first points of the season. Silverstone will be a difficult challenge, but with some new parts becoming available following testing in Austria and Hungary, we are looking to maintain our early season momentum and continuing to close the gap to the leading teams.


    George Russell
    :
    It is going to be a strange feeling going to Silverstone for my home Grand Prix without any fans. I am incredibly excited to go driving again at one of the best circuits of the year though, as it is always a joy to drive around Silverstone and I will be giving it everything I have got.


    It will be nice to have two races in the UK this year; I will be staying on site in a motorhome which will be a nice experience for me and something a bit different to usual. I think our pace won't be quite as strong as we saw in Budapest. In Hungary we well and truly exceeded expectations, and things were working really well for us in qualifying. I expect us to go back to our reality which is probably a more similar pace to what we saw in the first week of Austria. Nevertheless, myself and the team will be giving it all we have got.


    Nicholas Latifi
    :
    I am extremely excited to get back racing and hit the track at Silverstone. It has always been one of my favourite tracks to visit and especially in these Formula One cars it is the perfect combination of super-fast flowing track, high grippy corners and high-performance downforce cars. It is going to be a lot of fun, and I'm really looking forward to getting to try it out. The break we have had from the last triple header to now has been good and given me time to analyse the first few races, where I did well and more importantly where I can improve. I'm looking forward to keeping the momentum going and seeing where we can improve altogether as a team.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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