2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Preview

This weekend will see Formula 1 return to action for the latest Grand Prix of the season. It is set to be joined by W Series and Formula 2 as well.

Silverstone is the W Series third race of its 2021 season with Jamie Chadwick leading the championship by three points from Sarah Moore, with Alice Powell completing the top three in the standings.

One point separates Moore and Powell with the former having finished second and then fourth in the opening two races of the season. This is in comparison to Powell who won the season opener and then went on to finish eighth in the second race of the season.

After starting the 2021 W Series season with a sixth place finish, Chadwick went on to dominate the second race at the Red Bull Ring where she claimed pole position, fastest lap and the race victory.

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After last being in action in Azerbaijan back in early June, Formula 2 returns this weekend with Guanyu Zhou heading the championship. The Chinese driver is five points ahead of nearest rival Oscar Piastri.

Robert Shwartzman completes the top three in the championship after claiming top five finishes in all three races in Baku, which included a third place and race victory. The Russian is seven points behind Piastri and three ahead of fourth placed Juri Vips.

A quick note on Vips who after failing to score points in the season opener in Bahrain has gone on to finish inside the points in the last six races, which include two race victories and a third place finish.

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Max Verstappen leads the drivers’ championship in Formula 1 having won the three races prior to this weekend. The Dutchman has a 32 point advantage over nearest rival Lewis Hamilton.

Completing the top three in the championship is Sergio Perez who is 46 points adrift of Hamilton and has only a three point advantage over fourth placed Lando Norris.

After claiming back to back podium finishes in the double header at the Red Bull Ring, which included a season best finish of second in the Austrian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas is now nine points behind Norris heading into this weekend.

There is then a 30 point gap between Bottas and sixth placed Charles Leclerc whose closest rival is his teammate, Carlos Sainz, who is seventh in the championship and two points behind Leclerc.

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In the Constructors’ Championship Red Bull have a 44 point lead over second placed Mercedes heading into this weekend. This as Red Bull have won the five races prior to this weekend. Mercedes last race victory came back in early May at the Spanish Grand Prix.

McLaren currently occupy third in the standings and are 101 points behind Mercedes. The Woking based team have a 19 point gap to fourth placed, and main competitor, Ferrari entering this weekend.

There is then a 74 point gap between Ferrari and fifth placed AlphaTauri. The latter’s main competition comes from Aston Martin who are four points behind AlphaTauri and have a 12 point gap over Alpine who are seventh.

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This weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix will be of particular interest as it will see the series trial its sprint qualifying weekend format. This is where the normal qualifying that takes place on a Saturday is moved to the Friday.

The usual qualifying that takes place on the Saturday will be replaced with a short (100km) race, the result of which will set the grid for the Grand Prix that will be held on the Sunday.

This weekend’s sprint qualifying is one of three that are due to take place this season. Amongst the interest generated from the various battles taking place across the three racing series covered in this post, it will be interesting to see what the reaction is to Formula 1’s first sprint qualifying weekend.

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