Friday, July 6, 2007

Gritty Silverstone Weekend In Prospect

Crunch time this weekend as the F1 circus returns to it's ancestral home at Silverstone. Race 9 from 17 means we are entering the second half of the calender with Lewis Hamilton, in his debut year in F1 let's not forget, leading the championship.

However, despite this being his home race, it won't be easy. There's a bow-wave of expectation that's built up ahead of him; Ferrari have come back strongly, pushing him down to third in the last outing in France; and no engine or chassis gremlins have yet emerged during the races so far, a circumstance that may or may not prevail over time.

This will undoubtedly be his toughest challenge yet in F1. If he can win here then I think he really can look forward to winning the championship in his first year; if he doesn't then the real pressure will start to build as Alonso, Raikkonen and Massa close the points gap.

Gritty indeed, but let's hope that he keeps out of the gravel.


I said...

And there there is a case of alleged industrial espionage - between Mclaren and Ferrari - thrown into the pot to spice things up!

It's a circus out there!

J said...

Did you see Hamilton's qualifying performance? Absolutely stunning, and quite worthy of Schumacher at his peak. Pulling it in under 1:20 with everyone else in the 20s was impressive enough, but add to that the way he managed that 15 minutes session in terms of strategy too was deeply impressive.

Tomorrow should be a great race, and if he wins then Monday should be a UK holiday in his honour!