World Cup, Wimbledon Finals Clash With British GP, Leave Lewis Hamilton Baffled

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The five-time world champion has won the race four times in the past five years and starts the weekend as strong favourite on a track that is expected to suit his Mercedes auto.

It was announced on Wednesday that the British Grand Prix will remain at Silverstone for at least the next five years.

If nothing else, F1 fans in the United Kingdom who don't have (or want) Sky's pay-per-view coverage will at least be able to watch events at Silverstone live courtesy of the fact that the British Grand Prix is one of a number of "protected" sports events which must be available on free-to-air. "Who knows if I will still be here then?" said the 34-year-old Hamilton, who is under contractat Mercedes until 2020. "But if I stop racing I won't be here in any other capacity". I've been really privileged to have some spectacular races here. However, based on Friday's times at Silverstone, Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas might have something to say about that.

"The fact that that's even a possibility is quite unreal for me", he said.

Pushed on what those agreements are, Grant added: "We are not going to get into any of our commercial arrangements, but we think there is room two races to coexist side by side as long as they have sufficient separation in time and as long as our commercial interests are recognised in some reasonably flexible way".

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"Of course, we are concerned about the commercial threat to us of having a competitor event on our doorstep so to speak, and just 85 miles or so away. This has been a strong track for us in the past so hopefully this weekend it'll be a sweet spot for us".

Mercedes have won eight of the first nine races, losing out in the last race in Austria because the hot conditions exposed the car's cooling limitations.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner suggested earlier in the week that the pressure of trying to match Verstappen was getting to Gasly and he should just focus on his driving and ignore social media. "I don't compare myself to anybody".

In a season of often mundane racing, the one time Lewis Hamilton can hope to grab the attention of home Formula One fans is the British Grand Prix.

"I think Max has been doing a great job and is really, really exciting to watch". According to the owners of Silverstone, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), it would be unsustainable to host races both in London and at Silverstone.

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