British GP form guide: Can Lewis Hamilton break the record?
Formula 1 heads to where its championship began back in 1950 this weekend as the circus rolls into Silverstone. Motorsport Week provides the form guide for the British Grand Prix.
Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton has won on home soil on five occasions, beginning with his iconic wet-weather domination with McLaren in 2008.
Hamilton had to wait another six years but his 2014 triumph was the first of four-in-a-row, leaving Hamilton on five wins, along with Jim Clark and Alain Prost.
The first-lap clash with Kimi Raikkonen in 2018 delayed Hamilton and cleared the path for Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to take his second win, nine years after his most recent Silverstone triumph, which was the last race to be held on the old circuit layout.
That victory, achieved 10 years ago, was also the first in dry weather conditions for both himself and Red Bull.
Kimi Raikkonen, who won with Ferrari in 2007, is the only other British Grand Prix victor on the current grid.
Hamilton is out in front on the pole position charts at the British Grand Prix with six, having topped qualifying in 2007, 2013 and each season since 2015.
That leaves Hamilton one clear of fellow British champion Clark.
Vettel claimed back-to-back pole positions with Red Bull across 2009/10 while Raikkonen’s sole British Grand Prix qualifying success came way back with McLaren’s revised B-spec car in 2004.
Hamilton’s runner-up position in 2018 brought him on to eight podium places at the British Grand Prix, marking a new record.
Hamilton finished third in 2007 and second in 2010, alongside his five victories at the event.
Raikkonen, despite taking just a sole win, is equal-second on the all-time list with seven podiums, joining Prost and Michael Schumacher.
Raikkonen finished second in 2004 and has taken third spot on five occasions: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2017 and 2018.
Vettel has taken home five trophies from Silverstone while Valtteri Bottas (two) and Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo (one each) are the other current drivers to have faced the British crowd.
Silverstone has been the location for some remarkable moments in Formula 1 history – both good and bad.
In 1973 Jody Scheckter’s spin along the pits straight took out several rivals in what was then the sport’s biggest pile-up, leading to the future World Champion being benched for a handful of rounds.
In 1999 Michael Schumacher’s title bid came to a crunching conclusion when he went off at Stowe on the opening lap and suffered a leg fracture, ruling him out of several grands prix.
Four years later there were remarkable scenes when protestor Neil Horan ran onto the circuit along the Hangar Straight, prompting drivers to take evasive action.
It is also the home country for several of the Formula 1 teams.
Mercedes, Red Bull Racing, McLaren, Renault, Haas, Racing Point and Williams all have their primary factories in the UK while Toro Rosso has a facility in the UK as well.