F1 British Grand Prix LIVE: Practice build-up, Hamilton targets Silverstone win, qualifying later – latest updates
16th July 2021

THE British Grand Prix is finally here as thousands of fans flock to Silverstone this weekend.

We've three days of exciting racing ahead, with Lewis Hamilton looking to continue his stunning record at this track and stop the Red Bull charge.

  • FP1 start time: 1.30pm BST
  • Qualifying time: 6pm BST
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports F1/NOW TV

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  • Jim Sheridan

    HEAT WAVE

    We couldn't have asked for better conditions at Silverstone today.

    The sun is out, the temperatures are soaring and the fans are making themselves comfortable with F1 action imminent.

    Credit: Getty
    Credit: Getty
  • Jim Sheridan

    FANS-TASTIC

    Lewis Hamilton is banking on 140,000 fans roaring him on in Sunday's British GP to stop Max Verstappen's romp to the F1 title, writes Ben Hunt.

    Hamilton is a whopping 32 points behind the Dutchman in the championship and set to lose his crown.

    And now Hamilton, 36, hopes the fans can play their part in making up ground on the Red Bull racer.

    When quizzed by SunSport about his seven wins here and having home advantage, Hamilton said: "With all those elements I hope and pray that is the case.

    "Another element is the sprint race, the new format.

    "Of course, it is easy for any of us to get it wrong but there are also opportunities there, which is exciting.

    "And the element with the fans. There is always an energy and a buzz that the fans bring and without doubt when it is your home grand prix, there is always more heat behind you.

    "So I am hoping that all those factors come together and close that gap those guys had managed to grow out and enable us to really take it to them this weekend."

  • Jim Sheridan

    MAX POWER?

    Max Verstappen has admitted that he won't mind if he only finishes third in tomorrow's sprint event at the British Grand Prix.

    As part of a shake-up this year, the traditional qualifying has been replaced by a sprint.

    In addition to jostling for position for Sunday's Grand Prix, drivers can earn points for finishing in the top three.

    The victor will receive three points, while the runner-up will be rewarded with two and third place with one.

    While Verstappen, 23, would love to win it – he is squarely focused on Sunday's race, and the Driver's Championship.

    He said: "Such a sprint race can be risky. You have to weigh up the risks.

    "We are fighting for the title and a sprint race is probably not going to determine who becomes champion.

    "Of course I want to win it and I don't want to finish lower than third.

    "You have to take chances. Even if it only yields a few points.''

  • Jim Sheridan

    THREE'S A CROWD

    The three Brit drivers in action today can't wait to have a huge crowd back in at Silverstone.

    140,000 are expected for the race on Sunday, with fans already packed in for F2 which is underway in the lunchtime sun.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LIGHT'S OUT

    The big day has finally arrived.

    There's nothing quite like Silverstone when the sun is shining – and what a weekend we have in store.

    Around 340,000 F1 fans are piling into motorsport heaven over the next three days, making it the biggest sporting event since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Lewis Hamilton loves it here and the fans will be right behind the Brit star as he looks to end Red Bull's superb start to the season.

    Max Verstappen leads the Driver's Championship heading into Sunday's big race, while we will also witness the debut of the F1 Sprint.

    The new-look format has been described as an 'unknown' by those in the paddock, but looks set to be a terrific test of the 20 drivers talent.

    Today we've got FP1 and qualifying, with temperatures already passing 25c.

    Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Hamilton are the three lions going for glory on home soil, so let's get some build-up on the way with action from 1.30pm.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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