Hamilton has the chance to become Silverstone’s most successful driver this weekend with a sixth win at the Northamptonshire track.He currently boa
Hamilton has the chance to become Silverstone’s most successful driver this weekend with a sixth win at the Northamptonshire track.
He currently boasts a healthy lead atop the Drivers Standings, with second-place Valtteri Bottas, who may leave Mercedes next season, 21 points adrift.
Another championship win would take Hamilton’s tally to six and the Mercedes driver has no intention of resting on his laurels.
The 34-year-old was asked on the F1 Show when he might ditch the overalls and retire from the sport.
“Hopefully no time soon,” he initially replied.
“I love the challenge of trying to keep these young’uns behind me.
“I’m excited for the youngsters coming through, seeing what they bring and seeing if I can compete with them. I love it.”
Sunday’s race begins at 2.10pm GMT – just 10 minutes after the Wimbledon men’s singles final gets underway.
The British Grand Prix is the only race of the F1 calendar which is broadcast on free-to-air television in the UK, but it will be sharing its spot on Channel 4 with the Cricket World Cup final, which will precede and succeed the race.
Hamilton is angered the seminality of the Silverstone runout will not get its due attention because of the date, and criticised F1 organisers ahead of the weekend.
“What I don’t understand is why the organisers put the race on the same day as all these other big events, like Wimbledon,” Hamilton said.
“I really don’t understand it. This is such a special weekend and it needs all the focus of the country and not a small amount.
“I think people will be switching between channels on Sunday not sure what to watch.
“Naturally I come here, there are a few of us Brits here, we come here to raise the flag and do the country proud.
“The British Grand Prix is the most special grand prix of the year. It really is a spectacular weekend.
“There is excitement and adrenaline going and there are pressures.”