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British GP Preview: Will Hamilton redeem himself at home?
The British Grand Prix has been an integral part of F1 ever since its origin and amazingly Silverstone is where it all began back in 1950. The ninth round of the championship is the most important weekend in the British motorsport calendar and has produced some memorable moments over the years.

As home hero Lewis Hamilton looks to redeem himself after losing a straight-fight to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Austria, this race weekend is all set to be a corker. Having the majority of crowd cheering on and longing for him to succeed will cater a psychological advantage to the reigning champion.

In fact, he is one of two drivers on the grid to have won in Britain twice, the other being Fernando Alonso and in both the occasions – a sublime drive in 2008’s wet race and cruise to finish last year – he went on to seize the drivers’ title. Thus triumphing here would be as crucial in fostering Hamilton to have a mental boost going into the second half of the season.

Meanwhile, Rosberg is indeed flying-high after what he described as one of his satisfying victories in Spielberg and is ready to fight tooth and nail with team-mate on his home turf.

The other highly decorated British driver, Jenson Button, is on the receiving end of the spectrum with reliability issues and distinct lack of performance for McLaren left him delve deep into the unknown. Despite motivated by the in-season test mileage, he remains realistic for his home race.

Behind the Mercedes where there’s been plenty of nip and tuck racing unraveled so far with Ferrari and Williams playing tug-of-war to become the second best constructor.

Williams have come leaps and bounds since the start of the year as evident from the podium finishes in Canada and Austria. If the last two races are anything to go by, Ferrari needs to put in some serious thinking over the way in which they are being caught right up.

Though the Grove-based squad has over sixty point’s deficit, Raikkonen is not particularly in a good form as opposed to Bottas and Massa who sweep opportunities thrown at them with both hands.

Raikkonen’s race seat has increasingly come under spotlight with rumours suggesting that the Italian team are in talks with future stars like Bottas and Ricciardo. The experienced Finn should churn up convincing results to keep Arrivabene and Marchionne ‘motivated’ to retain him.

Lotus, Force India and Red Bull have all had productive post-Austrian GP tests but the B-spec VJM08 has attracted attention with some innovative approach mainly to the nose section and while they exceeded expectations with the largely unmodified car from 2014, this heavily upgraded machinery might prove to be the game changer in their bid to outsmart their midfield rivals and perhaps challenge the struggling Red Bull for fourth in the championship.

Speaking of Red Bull, Christian Horner said albeit encouraged by improvements in the dyno, Renault’s engine developments are in the pipeline and will take time to potentially make any big leaps in the pecking order. Sauber need a big push if they have any intentions to fight in the midfield as they have found themselves within the clutches of Toro Rosso already.

With so much to unfold up and down the field, perhaps the biggest variable to consider is the every changing British weather that has had significant impact in the outcome of the race as we have seen in the past. (Suren M)

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