Britain Expects…

The Met Office may have been quiet on this summer’s weather predictions after last year’s blunder, but the summer sporting predictions told of a sizzling summer to remember. Only if that were true, England were spectacularly played out of the World Cup and today Andy Murray quashed all hopes of a British winner at Wimbledon. Now sport fans have put their hopes and dreams into Lewis Hamilton’s and Jenson Button’s hands hoping that Britain can have some sort of sporting success this year.

These hopes are likely to come into fruition, unlike the World Cup, as McLaren are bringing a host of upgrades which their engineers are calling nearly a total new car. What better timing then, that these upgrades are being introduced at the British Grand Prix. Approximately 150,000 people will attend the race, which many believe could make all the difference in the title fight. Whatever team is fastest and in the lead of the championship after Silverstone is very likely to be the obvious guess for this year’s title.

Last time round in Valencia, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton qualified 3rd with no updates compared to rival teams who bought some major updates to the Spanish track. So this week with a special exhaust that is said to be worth a five tenths of a second, McLaren are looking hopeful to jump Red Bull as the fastest team. Even though the Red Bull car is still the fastest, it has faced stiff competition from McLaren, namely in Canada. Red Bull, however good at Silverstone, still have the ongoing curse of mistakes and unreliability, and McLaren are ready to pounce on any opportunity. McLaren have almost had a perfect last three races, as Martin Whitmarsh, team principal explains,

“In the past three races, we’ve scored 119 points from a possible maximum of 129, an incredible statistic that tells you a lot about our hunger to fight at the front.”

However, they aren’t the only team representing Britain this weekend:  Williams are also looking to continue the success they found in Valencia at their home race. Both Hulkenburg and Barrichello gave a great lap to get into Q3 and then gave a solid drive to be in contention for a double points finish, unluckily Nico Hulkenburg retired due to a blown tyre. So it’s looking good for Williams to get at least one driver into Q3 at their home race.

The only other British team is Virgin Racing, who are still a long way back, but they are looking forward to improving and trying to beat Lotus this weekend, who themselves might say they’re ‘coming home’ even though they are classified as a Malaysian team. But that’s another story.

So, imagine this, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton winning a British 1-2 at the British Grand Prix for a British team, surely that would soften the country’s sporting woes this summer? It would certainly make me feel a great deal better about the summer’s sport.

I will be at the British Grand Prix next weekend and will be writing a Grand Prix diary exclusively for AnF1Blog.com so keep an eye out for it next Monday!!

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