F1: British Grand Prix – Silverstone 2018 track gossip…

This weekend its the British GP at Silverstone here’s whats happening on the run up to first practise on Friday .

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has taken a fresh power unit for Friday in Silverstone while the engine he used in France and Austria undergoes further checks, putting the Finn on the bubble for penalties.

Although the cause for his retirement last time out at the Red Bull Ring was a hydraulic issue, the team has some concerns that after he stopped suddenly and parked on track, heat soak issues may have caused some problems for the power unit. (motorsport.com)

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton says his fight with Ferrari in this year’s world championship “weighs heavy” on him.

He is battling with Sebastian Vettel to be the first driver of their generation to win five world titles.

“I am surprised, having as much success as I’ve had, to be even more invested than I have ever been,” Hamilton said.

“I am really enjoying driving. It’s a difficult season. It has been up and down, but I understand that whole character-building thing more.”

Hamilton is one point behind the Ferrari driver after last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, where Mercedes made a strategy error that cost the 33-year-old the lead, and then he retired with a fuel-pump failure while Vettel finished third. (bbcsport)

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen doubts he can turnaround his current 53-point deficit to mount a title challenge this season.

Max Verstappen has played down his chances of mounting a Formula 1 title charge this season, adding Red Bull is not currently in a position to challenge for victories at every race.

The Dutchman followed up on back-to-back podiums in Canada and France by taking an unexpected first victory of 2018 at the Austrian Grand Prix to move within 53 points of new championship leader Sebastian Vettel heading into this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

Red Bull has proved a regular threat to rivals Mercedes and Ferrari so far this season, with all three teams locked on three wins apiece from the opening nine rounds. But Verstappen does not believe he has the machinery at his disposal to turnaround his current points deficit. (crash.net)

F1 – 2018 BRITISH GRAND PRIX THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
read full version here (fiaa.com)

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