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#1 TomNokoe

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 20:08

After a frantic foray of grand prix, spanning the globe and ticking off an eclectic range of permanent, semi-permanent, street, new and returning circuits, F1 is back in Britain for the (real) beginning of the European leg, as a clearer picture starts to emerge of this topsy-turvy season.

 

Just like last year, Red Bull arrive on a hot streak with six wins on the spin. Will their dominance continue or, just like last year, can their flailing rivals strike back to regain a footing in this year's championship?

 

With upgrades expected throughout the field, and an always-expectant British crowd, what will Silverstone serve up? We've hit double-digits, it's Round 10 of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship.

 

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The Buzzword for Britain

 

Red Bull and Verstappen have picked up that canny knack of winning races even when they're not at their best, an invaluable trait to have. Horner warns of a tough weekend, and remembering their pace in Spain backs up those claims. But a lot has changed since then, and Silverstone rewards the RB18's lower drag far better than Barcelona. Verstappen sits on a comfortable championship cushion, but does he have one eye on redemption? Checo's Canada weekend was a rare blot on his 2022 copybook, he'll need a strong response (and a strong neck) to rebound at one of the fastest tracks on the calendar.

 

For Ferrari, this weekend is a must-win. The Red Bull straight-line speed has been countered by a lower-drag rear wing that both cars will run this weekend. To really strike back, do they need a 1-2? After nearly seizing pole in 2019, somehow stealing a podium in 2020, and having the win snatched away last year, Leclerc's record here is formidable, will favourable ground help to reignite his championship? And can Sainz go with him to maintain the momentum and confidence he's built up in recent weeks?

 

Mercedes continue to take small steps toward the front and have had their eye on this smooth, sweeping surface all season long. Will the trifecta of track layout, upgrades and setup understanding unlock the recalcitrant W13? What about the continuing intrateam rivalry - can Russell upstage Hamilton in front of their home fans? What has been relatively lighthearted sparring so far may turn into an all-out brawl should they be battling for a surprise win.

 

McLaren will be hoping their fortunes change after struggling to maximise results at the last couple of events. This circuit has suited them in recent years, but it remains to be seen whether the pessimism that has pervaded through Lando will make way for some home cheer. Ricciardo will be hoping to confirm his own personal progress at a track that is far different from Baku and Montréal. With midfield rivals bolting on upgrades, it very well may be a weekend on the defensive.

 

One of those rivals is Alpine, fresh from the contrasting emotions of a fortnight ago. Pleased with their biggest haul of points this season, but frustrated that it could've been far more. The new sidepods introduced in Baku will be complemented by a new floor, with the track's low-drag characteristics suiting their philosophy. Ocon will be hoping to keep up his impressive record of scoring points every time he's raced at Silverstone. Alonso will have to go some to match his front row from Canada.

 

Just like the aforementioned, Alfa Romeo also took their biggest haul of points last time out and will be glad for the familiarity of rural Northamptonshire after a disrupted run of races has seen them struggling with reliability, setup and spare parts. Bottas' early season form has faded slightly, whilst in contrast, Zhou continues to grow in speed and confidence with every passing event. The Chinese driver took victory here in last year's F2 feature. It's time for the Swiss team to really put together a fully competitive weekend.

 

AlphaTauri's chronic inconsistency remains as they sit in a no-mans-land P7 in the Constructors'. Pace-wise, this was arguably their worst track last year, and the 2022 car is no better in the high-speed, so it's looking like another tough weekend. Gasly may (or may not) find solace in his future being confirmed, whilst Tsunoda's encouraging form came to an embarrassing halt at Montréal's pit exit.

 

Aston Martin arrive with a second big upgrade of the year as they, too, look to unlock the pace in their fledging 2022 challenger. The car performed well mechanically in the last three races, but Silverstone will seek to confirm the aero progress made since the initial update in Spain. Vettel ran very well here in 2021, but for a clumsy spin in the opening stages. A year on he looks as strong as he's been for a while, and will celebrate his 35th birthday on Sunday. A solitary home point for Stroll will have helped to abate the spectre of any internal pressure, but he continues to struggle with the new generation of cars.

 

Despite a double Q3 appearance, Haas barren run stretched to five races in Canada. As the upper midfield teams bring upgrades race-on-race, the top 10 may start to slip away from them, but there's no reason why Silverstone shouldn't suit the all-round nature of their car. Magnussen will be best served taking it easy on lap 1. Mick needs to confirm that Montréal wasn't a flash in the pan.

 

Finally, a Williams races at Silverstone for the first time since Sir Frank's passing. A reasonable start to the year has quickly faded, but they remain latched on to the pack. Albon's strong return continues. Latifi suspects inequitable equipment.

 

Weather, Tyres

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Not as warm as last year!!

 

Fri - mixed, 19c

Sat - dry, 20c

Sun - dry, 21c

 

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The hardest set in the range for only the third time this year. Usually between a one and two-stop, although the 2022 tyres do seem slightly more deggy. Cooler temperatures will help. Sky-high pressures as usual.

 

Schedule

        BST (UK)  |   CEST (Most of Europe)
FP1     1300          1400
FP2     1600          1700
FP3     1200          1300
Q       1500          1600
R       1500          1600

A "normal" weekend, no Sprint this year.

 

Time zone conversion here.

 

A great programme, packed with action. Formula 2, Formula 3, W Series and Porsche Supercup supporting. Full schedule.

 

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Very much looking forward to this one!!  :cat: 

 


Edited by TomNokoe, 29 June 2022 - 15:43.


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#2 Ivanhoe

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 20:13

Really looking forward to this one, expect a strong Ferrari, strong Verstappen and Mercedes as the dark horse. Can’t wait for FP1  :clap:



#3 aportinga

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 20:20

This is going to be fantastic.

 

IMO this weekend will determine whether Lewis still has it or not. He needs to beat the **** out of GR every day and end up on the podium in order for me to consider him as having potential to take back the Merc #1 driver for 2022.

 

Lets play the Ferrari game...

 

1. Screwed up pit stop?

2. Screwed up strategy?

3. Engine/trans/electronic failure?

 

Welcome to 1993

 

I'd like to see more pace from Aston and continued pace for Haas that we saw in Canada. Also like too see Fred on the podium.

 



#4 JimmyClark

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 20:22

I think with these cars and the potential for a bit of drizzle, this could be a classic. Even though I'm not a big fan of the team, I do hope Mercedes can be in the mix as rumoured, so we have a six way flight on a classic circuit. How often do we see that in modern F1?

#5 Hutton

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 20:33

I'm buzzing, last time I saw these beasts in flesh was 2010. I'm gutted I didn't go and see them at their absolute fastest in 2020 but hey ho.

I hope this is the weekend where we see a proper Mercedes resurgence.

#6 Beri

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 20:45

Why do I have this strange feeling that Hamilton will rise above and beyond all to take a victory?

#7 Claudius

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 20:48

So grateful there is a race this weekend.
I’m so tired of other stuff that’s been making headlines lately.

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 21:04

I'm buzzing, last time I saw these beasts in flesh was 2010. I'm gutted I didn't go and see them at their absolute fastest in 2020 but hey ho.

I hope this is the weekend where we see a proper Mercedes resurgence.


Don’t be too hard on yourself, no bugger saw them in 2020!

#9 Disgrace

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 21:11

So grateful there is a race this weekend.
I’m so tired of other stuff that’s been making headlines lately.

 

Yeah, not sure I will be tempted to tune into much of the pre-race coverage...



#10 vlado

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 21:28

pole and win for car 16  :eek:



#11 ARTGP

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 21:29

Why do I have this strange feeling that Hamilton will rise above and beyond all to take a victory?

 

If he were to pull that off with the car they have, it would be extraterrestrial. "From another planet" as Toto might say  :lol: .


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#12 TheFish

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 21:30

 

IMO this weekend will determine whether Lewis still has it or not. He needs to beat the **** out of GR every day and end up on the podium in order for me to consider him as having potential to take back the Merc #1 driver for 2022.

 

I'm sure you considering him to have the potential to be a number 1 driver would be the crowning achievement in his career.



#13 TomNokoe

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 21:38

pole and win for car 16 :eek:


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#14 thefinalapex

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 22:09

So grateful there is a race this weekend.
I’m so tired of other stuff that’s been making headlines lately.


I completely agree, F1 has become so toxic, not the sport i once fell in love with. Social media is a depressing read these days.

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 22:17

Please, please, please, please. Can we just have a thread related to its title. Stop trying to squeeze other issues in here.

#16 TomNokoe

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 22:21

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I should have mentioned this lol, but I bumped into him at CDG on my way to Montreal.

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We flew from Paris because I had convinced my girlfriend it would be marginally cheaper (rtn flights were only 233GBP pp) than flying from London all things considered. I don't think it worked out that way (lol) but I'd never been on the Eurostar, plus I liked the idea of flying with Air France, plus we got to see the Eiffel Tower on a lovely spring afternoon. I kept joking with her that "maybe we'll bump into Gasly or Leclerc" but didn't think any more of it.

I was walking back from my boarding gate to a water fountain when someone who looked suspiciously like Charles Leclerc walked past me, but he was masked up so it was hard to tell. I was wearing an AlphaTauri hat at the time (the funky Tsunoda one) which he told me he spotted.

On my return from the water fountain he was speaking to a member of staff, presumably explaining he'd missed his earlier flight. He finishes talking to the boarding agent, strolls over to where I was and sits just three seats away. I think he was trying to avoid attention, but I like to think he did this on purpose.

At this point I still don't know if it's him, but as I am scrolling through Twitter I found the picture he posted about missing his earlier flight, and he had exactly the same very distinctive shoes, bingo.

Now, I've never met anyone of significance, F1 or otherwise, and this is Charles bloody Leclerc! I sat there for around five minutes trying to muster the courage to say something, all the while my girlfriend is frozen stiff. She is a Vettel superfan, but as his winning days are long gone, Leclerc is second choice.

Anyway, eventually the boarding announcement comes through the loudspeaker and I realise it's my last chance, so I scooted over, said hello, good luck for the weekend blah blah blah. My Vettel superfan GF asked him to sign her Seb5 Ferrari hat (already signed by Seb), so now she has a Ferrari hat signed by Vettel and Leclerc, which I think is pretty cool.

I'd always promised myself if I met a driver I'd say something smart and just shake their hand, but the moment got the better of me.

Those of you who keep an eye on users posting frequency may have noticed I was very quiet during Canada, that's because I was there LOL.

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#17 Ivanhoe

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 22:29

Haha you look really excited on that selfie with Leclerc Tom, great picture



#18 HeadFirst

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 22:31

Silverstone has always been one of my fav GPs, and this year is no exception. Thanks Tom, for an intro worthy of this classic race.



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Posted 28 June 2022 - 22:37

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3 years from this amazing battle already.



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#20 Atreiu

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 22:40

I hope the new aerodynamic package allows great racing.


Edited by Atreiu, 30 June 2022 - 15:50.


#21 loki

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 07:24

It’s not bad for an airport track…

 

 

:rotfl:  :rotfl:



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 08:33

I'm buzzing, last time I saw these beasts in flesh was 2010. I'm gutted I didn't go and see them at their absolute fastest in 2020 but hey ho.
 

 

Surely we're looking at lap records this weekend? Silverstone is mostly high and medium speed corners, can't think of many other circuits that should favour these cars more. 



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 08:44

Surely we're looking at lap records this weekend? Silverstone is mostly high and medium speed corners, can't think of many other circuits that should favour these cars more. 

 

 

And you will be close through maggots and becketts, copse too. going to be great.



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 08:58

The Lion


Mansell’s back at Ferrari?

#25 PayasYouRace

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 09:02

It’s not bad for an airport track…


:rotfl: :rotfl:


Is this related to come comment someone made or are you just being that guy giggling to himself in the corner?

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 09:26

I've got tickets for the new grandstand at Copse. Can't wait to see these cars through Copse and Maggots.



#27 Jerem

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 09:41

Finally back to a permanent race track - and what a track, one of my favorites of all year! Made me realize that out of 9 races so fair, 6 have been on street circuits. Also, it's good that there's no sprint race this year.

As I get older I'm not so much hyped up for a forthcoming GP usually, but I'm quite excited for this one. Hoping for a classic.



#28 TheJag

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 09:43

Really looking forward to this race after all the horrible headlines the past two weeks. 

Expecting Ferrari to be super strong here. Think this is going to be Charles's weekend if is his team doesn't screw up. 



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 09:45

And then Austria next weekend too! Superb double header

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 09:46

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3 years from this amazing battle already.

Oh, I wonder if that's what inspired George Russell's repass in Barcelona...

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 10:13

Surely we're looking at lap records this weekend? Silverstone is mostly high and medium speed corners, can't think of many other circuits that should favour these cars more.


No chance mate although they will be faster than 2010 that's for sure, can't wait.

#32 MikeTekRacing

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 10:13

Oh, I wonder if that's what inspired George Russell's repass in Barcelona...

A great example of the car on the inside not sticking a wheel there and complaining “he just turned on me man”

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 10:17

I haven't booked any parking so far, any recommendations? Cheers.

#34 Jovanotti

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 10:44

These new cars are tailor-made for places like Silverstone, should be exciting.

 

Here's to Leclerc/Ferrari finally starting to bounce back in the championship :up:


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#35 Beri

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 10:45

A great example of the car on the inside not sticking a wheel there and complaining “he just turned on me man”

 

If I recall correctly, there was no complaining during that move. Certainly because Verstappen just didnt nail the corner himself to prevent drifting to the outside and taking Vettel with him.



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 11:00

I'm buzzing, last time I saw these beasts in flesh was 2010. I'm gutted I didn't go and see them at their absolute fastest in 2020 but hey ho.

Be prepared to be disappointed!


Edited by IrvTheSwerve, 29 June 2022 - 11:48.


#37 TomNokoe

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 11:30

I think I'll sit at Chapel on Friday, to really get a sense of these ground effect cars through the high speed. Great angle.

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 11:42

And then Austria next weekend too! Superb double header


Yeah but Austria has SPRINT ™

#39 Hutton

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 11:56

Be prepared to be disappointed!


In what way mate, I know I will be disappointed with the sound they make compared to the V8's.

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 12:26

In what way mate, I know I will be disappointed with the sound they make compared to the V8's.

 

Nah, in general the sound is okay. It isnt a V8 or V10. But if you havent been in a while, then the sound will surprise you. I just hope we will see a good race. #16 taking revenge for last year against #1 who also has to avenge himself for that same edition of the British Grand Prix, for example.



#41 Gareth

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 12:27

Awesome OP Tom, thanks!

And this:

I should have mentioned this lol, but I bumped into him at CDG on my way to Montreal [...]

this is one of the greatest things I've ever read here!

 

 

Really excited for this weekend. Will be at the circuit Friday to Sunday and looking forward to it. Last year was fantastic - the crowd were massively in to it all weekend. Suspect that atmosphere will be difficult to match, the sprint format helped drive a big (and in to events) crowd on the Friday, and just being back at events was a big part of it, and neither of those things are there this year. Also a Brit is unlikely to be challenging for the win. But it's been sold out for ages so the enthusiasm is still there. So hopefully sun, beers, Mexican waves, and some quality on track action here we come ...



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 12:31

I haven't booked any parking so far, any recommendations? Cheers.

Where are you sitting? If you're somewhere on the copse/becketts/stowe side, getting yourself parking on that side of the circuit is really handy - exiting via Whittlebury and the A508 skips a ton of traffic.



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 13:06

If I recall correctly, there was no complaining during that move. Certainly because Verstappen just didnt nail the corner himself to prevent drifting to the outside and taking Vettel with him.

 

That was a battle with Leclerc and it was after their green table finish in Austria. Vettel showed a dozen or so laps later why he got fired at Ferrari.



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 13:15

I've got tickets for the new grandstand at Copse. Can't wait to see these cars scrape through Copse and Maggots.

Updated.



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 13:30

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3 years from this amazing battle already.

And that's how you take a high speed corner in Silverstone being on the inside (even ahead) without taking someone out :lol:


Edited by prty, 29 June 2022 - 13:30.


#46 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 14:01

In what way mate, I know I will be disappointed with the sound they make compared to the V8's.

 

Hah, sorry for the flippant comment, I'm sure you will enjoy. I was just thinking if the last time you saw them was 2010, you may be shocked.

 

Granted, it has got better - when I saw the V6Ts for the first time at Silverstone 2014, I was so, so disappointed. I've been attending GPs since 2002 and the experience is absolutely nothing like it was with V10s and V8s.

 

Yeah, boohoo, get over it, etc...I know, lol.  :)



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 14:03

I haven't booked any parking so far, any recommendations? Cheers.

 

Also, yikes! I've never gone to Silverstone (for a GP) without booking parking in advance, I'm not sure what the options are in terms of turning up on the day - I'd assume you'd be in for a bit of a walk or a park and ride in that case?


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 14:24

Hah, sorry for the flippant comment, I'm sure you will enjoy. I was just thinking if the last time you saw them was 2010, you may be shocked.

 

Granted, it has got better - when I saw the V6Ts for the first time at Silverstone 2014, I was so, so disappointed. I've been attending GPs since 2002 and the experience is absolutely nothing like it was with V10s and V8s.

 

Yeah, boohoo, get over it, etc...I know, lol.  :)

My first GP was the British one in 1997. I still remember the noise of the V8s, V10s, V12s warming up for the Sunday Warm Up as we left the carpark and walked through the fields towards the track. Spine tingling.



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 14:24

And that's how you take a high speed corner in Silverstone being on the inside (even ahead) without taking someone out :lol:

 

Don't you start  :lol:



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 14:27

I cannot wait! I hope for a three team battle for pole and the race victory, with Lewis returning to the top step.

I can hope.