Following the Canadian appointment, the Continental Circus returns to Europe for the start of a demanding July, with four races in five weekends. The first round of this month, the British F1 GP 2022, is taking place this weekend at the legendary Silverstone Circuit.
With many of the Scuderias headquartered near the venue, a wave of major car upgrades is expected at the British round. This will make one of the most classic and best-loved races on the calendar even more exciting.
The British Grand Prix, where the first-ever F1 World Championship race took place in 1950, is considered the cradle of the sport and always boasts a fantastic atmosphere, with hordes of knowledgeable and loyal British fans flocking to Silverstone for the occasion.
Mercedes dreams of repeating win at home
This season, however, is going to feel different from previous ones for the many local aficionados. Accustomed to the invincibility of Lewis Hamilton ( Mercedes), they will need to come to terms with the fact that it is very unlikely for their hero to win at home this time around. The seven-time World Champ does, however, arrive this home round in great spirits following his podium in Montreal.
Besides Hamilton’s renewed confidence, the W13 is expected to undergo a performance leap with a steady stream of upgrades that is to start this Friday, bringing new hope to the #44. His teammate Russell will be just as motivated to shine at home.
Besides the local heroes, Max Verstappen is expected to capture most of the spotlight. The Dutch championship leader arrives in England in top form. In Canada, he claimed his sixth victory of the season (Saudi Arabia, Emilia-Romagna, Miami , Spain & Azerbaijan) to command the table comfortably with 46 points over his teammate Checo Pérez and 49 over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
With the memory of the frightful, Hamilton-caused, accident of last year’s edition fresh in his mind, he is very eager to conquer the British territory, where his best result has only ever been second (2016 and 2020).
Next to the current champion will be Checo Pérez. The 2022 Monaco winner would want to make up for the Canadian appointment, where a gearbox fault forced him to retire after three consecutive podiums.
Ferrari needs to wake up at the British F1 GP 2022
The situation at Ferrari is very concerning. The red team arrives at the British F1 GP 2022 in desperate need of a victory. The Austrians have beaten them in the last six races with a final balance of seven to two wins in their favour.
The F1-75 is the fastest at one lap. One just has to look at Leclerc’s six poles against the two achieved by Verstappen. Its performance, however, declines during the race because of reliability issues and strategic errors.
In the last race, however, there were some hopeful signs. A reborn Carlos Sainz gave his best performance of the season at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit putting Verstappen against the ropes. Only the superiority of the RB18’s straight-line speed compared to that of the F1-75 prevented the Spaniard from winning.
The Italian squad must break the winning drought that they have endured since Australia. The #16 has only climbed to the top of the podium twice this season, compared to Verstappen’s six times.
On top of this, he has collected two zero finishes over the last four races (Spain and Azerbaijan), sinking further down in the standings. In Quebec, he was fifth after making a comeback from the bottom of the grid.
He is now nearly fifty points behind the flying Dutchman and despite thirteen races remaining on the calendar, the increasing distance and, above all, the trend, is beginning to be worrying.
Images of British F1 GP 2022: Red Bull Racing.