Home comforts to get Hamilton back on track
BRITISH GRAND PRIX Sunday, 2pm, Sky/Channel 4
LEWIS Hamilton is aiming to be the most successful driver in British Grand Prix history at Silverstone on Sunday.
He could edge ahead of two bona fide legends in Brit Jim Clark and Alain Prost if he can land a sixth win.
It would be no less than five in a row for Hamilton who had a weekend to forget in Austria. There’s little doubt that there’s a black cloud over the Mercedes team despite the clear skies at the Northamptonshire circuit.
It was the first time in almost two years that both of the team’s cars failed to finish a race at the Red Bull Ring last time out.
There’s civil war behind the scenes with chief strategist James Vowles copping the blame for errors with Hamilton’s strategy in Austria. He should have gone into the pits when the virtual safety car was in operation. He was the only leading contender to win the race who didn’t come in.
That cost him eight seconds against his rivals as well as any chance of winning the race.
Boss Toto Wolff has had to step in and rally the troops as they head for Hamilton’s most important race of the year.
The fact is that the Brit could and should have won in Austria and there will surely be no messing about with the tactics at Silverstone.
His record in front of his own fans makes him a deserved favourite and his title rival Sebastian Vettel will be happy with a podium finish — which he should get.
But it’s hard to look beyond Hamilton and these off-track dramas have a habit of being followed by a morale-boosting win.
That’s what should happen this weekend — sorry not to be more imaginative!
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