British Grand Prix: Pre Race Thoughts

Greetings and salutations from Silverstone in Northamptonshire*, for round eight of the Formula 1 Championship. This weekend kicked off with a drizzly P1 on Friday in which Daniel Ricciardo dominated in the wet. Ricciardo continued to perform well in all three qualifying sessions, could Webber’s announcing his retirement have spurred the young Australian on to fight for a seat at Red Bull next year? I think it might have something to do with it, but there is no denying Ricciardo’s skill.

Mercedes secured another front row lockout with Hamilton and Rosberg to start first and second on the grid. Red Bull will take out the second row with Vettel starting third. I feel like Webber will be one to watch in tonight’s race. He’s had a good history at Silverstone, winning back in 2010, and 2012, and still making the podium in 2009, and 2011. Red Bull perform well at “the local”, but I’m thinking Mark will try and stick it to Seb this year.

Di Resta had qualified fifth on the grid, but has been handed a grid penalty for his car being underweight, and will therefore start from the back of the grid. On a brighter note, Ricciardo (who qualified sixth) will now be starting from fifth. I really hope he scores high in the points this race, it will be a good Birthday present to himself (Daniel Ricciardo and I share the same birthday, July 1st, tomorrow, I’ll be 23, he’ll be 24).

Kimi struggled in qualifying yesterday, though the trye god has his ‘points finishing’ record riding on this race. Ferrari also struggled on Friday and Saturday, with Massa colliding with the barriers in practice, and Alonso losing grip on Saturday.

I’m looking forward to tonight’s race. I’m thinking Vettel, Webber and Rosberg have a good shot of being on the podium. Though Kimi, Hamilton, and Ricciardo will definitely be drivers to watch tonight.

Other important events to note include Williams Team 600th Grand Prix start on Sunday, and the FIA and the teams pay tribute to Canadian marshal, Mark Robinson, who suffered fatal injuries clearing Gutierrez’s car during the Canadian Grand Prix. I’m not often serious in my articles, but my thoughts go out to Mark’s family and all those affected.

*Please note that I’m not actually at Silverstone, but hey, a girl can dream.

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