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Where: Silverstone, Northamptonshire
When: Fri 28- Sun 30 June
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This weekend, the Grand Prix season returns to Silverstone, the home of British Racing.
Sebastian Vettel is currently top of the F1 leaderboard, 36 points ahead of second place Fernando Alonso. The German driver is having a fruitful season with three victories already, and is coming off the back of a convincing victory in Canada last month.
Red Bull are also leading the constructors championship by a large margin of 56 points, with Mark Webber 5th in the individual standings.
The Australian has won at Silverstone twice in the last three years, and will be looking to add to that this weekend, for his first win of the year. Red Bull will feel confident having won three times in the last four years at this venue.
The surprise of the season has to be McLaren sitting in sixth in the Constructors Championship, with drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez massively underperforming, positioned at 10th and 13th respectively in the individual standings.
Neither driver has won at the track before, and the last time McLaren were victorious here was in 2008 with Hamilton. They have won at Silverstone only twice in the last 11 years.
McLaren’s misery goes hand in hand with Mercedes joy, who, driven for by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, are currently in third. Being a newish team, Mercedes have never won the British Grand Prix, but this is their best chance with both drivers on fantastic form.
Hamilton won at Silverstone in 2008 and is a fan of the track. His natural driving talent gives him the ability to win a race from anywhere on the grid, and although he has written himself off, and Mercedes are having their difficulties with the Pirelli tyres, it would be rather foolish to ignore the possibility of him crossing that finishing first line for the victory.
A mention must also go to Ferrari. There hasn’t been a time in the last 15 years of racing when Ferrari haven’t been considered one of best constructors. Their drivers are always exciting and talented, and there is no change to that at the moment with Alonso in second and Massa in seventh. The Italian car company have won at the Northamptonshire venue five times in the last 11 years, with Alonso winning in 2011 and 2006.
Kimi Raikkonen must also be looking forward to the weekend, and will be hoping to recreate his victory from 2007 for Ferrari. He is having a successful season, and is gunning to overtake Vettel for his second Championship victory.