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How do you think the 2021 British Grand Prix will play out? Will Toto Wolff’s prediction come true?

  • Yes, Mercedes will be able to compete with Red Bull

    Votes: 123 48.8%
  • No, Red Bull’s domination will continue

    Votes: 125 49.6%
  • Other, let us know in the comments below

    Votes: 4 1.6%

  • Total voters
    252
How do you follow up the 2020 British Grand Prix, where the winner finished with only 3 working tires? A new qualifying system for 2021 and a second-place team expecting a sizable victory just might do it.

Formula One is back in action this weekend, taking on the Silverstone circuit for the 2021 British Grand Prix. Max Verstappen currently holds an impressive 32-point advantage over reigning champion Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings, while their respective teams rank in the same order with a 44-point gap.

Hamilton will look to gain back some ground in the standings after failing to get a podium finish at the Austrian Grand Prix on the fourth of July. This is Hamilton’s home race, and seven of his record 98 wins have come at this circuit. Hamilton’s recent dominance at the British GP includes winning six of the last seven races here, with his worst finish since 2014 being a second place in 2018.

Max Verstappen is favored to upset that dominance this weekend, amid his strongest season ever. Verstappen enters the weekend on a three-race win streak and has taken a podium in every race except Azerbaijan, a race he was leading before a tire failure.

Toto Wolff says that he expects his Mercedes team to take a 1-2 victory with a 30 second margin at Silverstone. Mercedes finds themselves trailing behind Red Bull so far this season, but Wolff believes that recent upgrades to their W12 car will put them ahead of their rivals.

Sprint Qualifying​

Fans can also expect some extra racing this weekend. Breaking from the usual FP1 > FP2 > FP3 > Qualifying > Race format, Formula One will introduce Sprint Qualifying this weekend.

There are two sessions scheduled for Friday: Free Practice 1 and Qualifying (Q1, Q2 and Q3). This qualifying session is to determine the grid order for the Sprint Race on Saturday. Free Practice 2 will happen in advance of the Sprint Qualifying, then the drivers will take to the track for a 100-kilometer race session to determine the starting grid for Sunday’s race. In addition to grid positions, the drivers and teams will also be vying for up to three championship points from the sprint race.

Verstappen in elite form​

With 14 races remaining on the calendar, Mercedes and Hamilton can still catch Verstappen and Red Bull, but there is a growing sense that if the momentum is to shift, it needs to happen soon. Max has been in elite form behind the wheel of his RB16B this year. The last two races at Austria’s Red Bull Ring had Verstappen taking both pole position and the race win.

Moving down the standings, 46 points behind Verstappen and Hamilton is Sergio Perez of Red Bull, who is the only driver other than the top two to score a victory this season. Perez has been overshadowed by his teammate this year, but his 104 championship points has helped elevate Red Bull well above Mercedes in the constructors' standings.

Norris aims for another strong show​

Further back in the field, Lando Norris hopes to continue his excellent season for McLaren with another strong showing, after having finished an impressive third last time out in Austria. Norris currently sits fourth in the drivers' standings, ahead of Valterri Bottas in his Mercedes. Bottas finished ahead of his teammate in the second race in Austria, but his inconsistent performance has led many to speculate about his future at Mercedes.

Norris’ teammate Daniel Ricciardo has had a less than stellar season so far. He has yet to break into the top five so far this year, and at the Styrian Grand Prix three weeks ago he finished a disappointing 13th.

Norris has proven that McLaren has the pace to beat all but Mercedes and Red Bull, so hopefully Ricciardo can find his groove with the MCL35M and start improving his results.

Ferrari​

The talented Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz find themselves just two points apart after nine races. Leclerc holds a slight edge in points, but Sainz has posted the only Ferrari podium this season with his third-place finish in Monaco.

There is a midfield fight for fifth place in the constructors' championship, with AlphaTauri just four points ahead of Aston Martin. Behind them is Alpine with 32 points scored so far. And rounding out the field are Alfa Romeo, Williams, and Haas, with two Alfa Romeo 10th place finishes accounting for the only points between the three teams.
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I'm praying Zandvoort doesn't descend into nastiness, people can love/hate, like/dislike who they damn well please...insults up to apoint are fine but there's a line that neither side should cross. Seeing a fair few people on Farcebook slagging Max and his fans off and calling him the "great white hope", I mean c'mon. Racists on both sides should be ashamed.
 
Slightly off-topic - it must not be tolerated when any member of the teams attempt to accost the race director or stewards like they did last week!
That is totally unacceptable and the paying public don't pay good money to witness such corruption; whether it is Wolf, Horner or that nutty Marco chap, whoever.
If it happens again - serious penalties should apply, even if it means revoking points from the drivers.
 
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Slightly off-topic - it must not be tolerated when any member of the teams attempt to accost the race director or stewards like they did last week!
That is totally unacceptable and the paying public don't pay good money to witness such corruption; whether it is Wolf, Horner or that nutty Marco chap, whoever.
If it happens again - serious penalties should apply, even if it means revoking points from the drivers.
We need a charly whitting Masi is not Charly!
I agree with you but also being a little more consistent from the Fia helps and openness when I think of Ferrari
 
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Verstappen makes a rapid turn at the beginning of the corner and then goes straight.
Verstappen didn't intend to leave space at apex.
He noticed Hamilton and restrained the cornering to avoid a collision.
As a result, such the trajectory.
According to this trajectory,misunderstood as that Verstappen intended to leave space at apex.(blue)
However, if he intended to leave space, he would pass further outside at the collision point and the collision did not occur.(red)
Verstappen  Hamilton 12.jpg
 
Verstappen makes a rapid turn at the beginning of the corner and then goes straight.
Verstappen didn't intend to leave space at apex.
He noticed Hamilton and restrained the cornering to avoid a collision.
As a result, such the trajectory.
According to this trajectory,misunderstood as that Verstappen intended to leave space at apex.(blue)
However, if he intended to leave space, he would pass further outside at the collision point and the collision did not occur.(red)
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Collision happened because Hamilton was offline (dirty track), full fuel load, and tyres not up to optimal performance (only 1/2 lap in)...and thus Hamilton understeered into Verstappen despite the extra bit of room Verstappen gave. Noob mistake, no permeditation from Hamilton (unlike Schumacher and Senna) but it was his mistake and he caused the accident.

The redline is sub optimal and probably also dirty, and would be the "i give up" line....just why should Max take that line?

edit to add, Max was leading, I've reviewed the sky analysis and at NO point was Lewis' front axle ahead (at best, for a fraction of second, they were level)...under most motorsports ettiquette/regulations and rules that was Maxs corner and he had every right to take the racing line. I can guarantee if someone did that in an online race EVERYONE would blame the car up the inside (Hamilton).
 
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Verstappen makes a rapid turn at the beginning of the corner and then goes straight.
Verstappen didn't intend to leave space at apex.
He noticed Hamilton and restrained the cornering to avoid a collision.
As a result, such the trajectory.
According to this trajectory,misunderstood as that Verstappen intended to leave space at apex.(blue)
However, if he intended to leave space, he would pass further outside at the collision point and the collision did not occur.(red)
View attachment 490261

Max shouldn’t leave space it was his line.
 

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Max was leading, I've reviewed the sky analysis and at NO point was Lewis' front axle ahead (at best, for a fraction of second, they were level)...under most motorsports ettiquette/regulations and rules that was Maxs corner and he had every right to take the racing line.
According to the current rules your claim is basically wrong. To claim the corner the car at the inside has to be significantly alongside, not in front.

For me it was a racing incident. Both driver could have avoid the accident but non of them does it.

I agree with the statement of the stewards. Hamilton is predominant to blaim here but not to the fullest.
 
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Here is a quick list on current and past F1 and Indycar drivers' opinions on the accident:

Hamilton's fault:

Ricciardo
Button
Barrichello
Villeneuve
Coulthard
Webber
Massa
Ericsson
de la Rosa
Ralf Schumacher

Racing incident:

Leclerc
Alonso
Montoya
Palou
Palmer
Chandhok
Rosberg
Hakkinen
Hill
Salo
Brundle


Basically opinions are split, so you can elaborate until the end of the world without proving anything or convincing anyone ;)
 
Here is a quick list on current and past F1 and Indycar drivers' opinions on the accident:

Hamilton's fault:

Ricciardo
Button
Barrichello
Villeneuve
Coulthard
Webber
Massa
Ericsson
de la Rosa
Ralf Schumacher

Racing incident:

Leclerc
Alonso
Montoya
Palou
Palmer
Chandhok
Rosberg
Hakkinen
Hill
Salo
Brundle


Basically opinions are split, so you can elaborate until the end of the world without proving anything or convincing anyone ;)
some have political opinions or are British. fact is that Max was on the racing line and not really an ideal corner to attack. too risky! in the end Ham was found 100% guilty and that is a fact.
 
Maybe you have see another race ;)
I don't think so. But I watched it less biased ;)

I just responded to your "fact". Your opinion become not a fact automatically just because you want it and you repeat it over and over again.

Just my2cents.
 
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Here is a quick list on current and past F1 and Indycar drivers' opinions on the accident:

Hamilton's fault:

Ricciardo
Button
Barrichello
Villeneuve
Coulthard
Webber
Massa
Ericsson
de la Rosa
Ralf Schumacher

Racing incident:

Leclerc
Alonso
Montoya
Palou
Palmer
Chandhok
Rosberg
Hakkinen
Hill
Salo
Brundle


Basically opinions are split, so you can elaborate until the end of the world without proving anything or convincing anyone ;)

Added past F1 driver Jos verstappen to the Hamiltons fault list
 
some have political opinions or are British. fact is that Max was on the racing line and not really an ideal corner to attack. too risky! in the end Ham was found 100% guilty and that is a fact.
You are right. And i am British. Whether the penalty was the right one or it's leniancy then that is the real question.
 
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just accept that Max is at least as good as your racing god who too easily won all of his 6 world titles. Sometimes it can be hard to accept ;)
Not my racing god. I am no fan of Hamilton. Arrogance is a welcome addition and adds that venom in the competitive edge. But he goes beyond the sport. Mercedes is the real god make no mistake.
 
Not my racing god. I am no fan of Hamilton. Arrogance is a welcome addition and adds that venom in the competitive edge. But he goes beyond the sport. Mercedes is the real god make no mistake.
okay buddy let's just go to the next race. In any case, it's an exciting season.
 

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