Following a much-needed break after the recent triple-header, teams and drivers will return to action for the British Grand Prix this weekend at the iconic Silverstone track.
Heading into round ten of the 2021 season, Red Bull has extended their championship lead by 44 points in the constructor’s standings with 286, while Max Verstappen retains his #1 position for another week in the Driver’s Standings with 182.
Mercedes continue to struggle with the newfound competition being put to them by Red Bull, and will reportedly be bringing their final update on their 2021 car to the British Grand Prix in a bid to tighten the competition once more.
They remain second in the standings (242), followed closely by McLaren (141) and Ferrari (122) as we head into the 10th race.
Here’s everything you need to know:
The Silverstone Circuit first hosted an F1 race back in 1950 and has since hosted 55 Grands Prix on the track that features 18 corners and two DRS zones.
At 5.891km, it’s the third-longest F1 circuit on the current calendar.
Sunday’s battle will see drivers race over 52 laps of the track where Max Verstappen holds the record for the fastest lap of 1:27.097s in 2020.
It will run across 306.198 km from lights out to chequered flag, with top speeds of 329.5 km/hr expected.
Lewis Hamilton currently holds the record for the most wins – 7 – while Ferrari is the most successful outfit at the UK venue with 16 wins under their belts.
Current forecasts for the weekend at Silverstone are set to remain clear throughout the weekend, with little to no rain in sight.
Friday’s probability of rain is at 4% with temperatures of 23C.
Saturday will likely remain dry as well with plenty of cloud cover and temperatures remaining at 23 C with a 3% chance of rain.
Current predictions show no likelihood of rain for this weekend’s race with forecasters predicting a mere 2% chance with temperatures of 23C.
When/ Where to Watch
Free practice 1 will take place on Friday at Silverstone on July 16 at 14:30 Irish time, with Qualifying kicking off just hours later at 18:00.
FP2 begins on Saturday, July 17, at 12:00 GMT and will be followed by the first Sprint Race of the season at 16:30.
For the big day on Sunday 18th, coverage will be on Sky and NOW with lights out at 15:00.
You can catch live coverage of the entire 2021 season, every weekend on Sky Sports F1, or grab a NOW sports package.