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The 2022 Formula 1 season heats up at Silverstone this weekend for the famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1.

The 2022 Formula 1 season heats up at Silverstone this weekend for the famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1.

Formula 1 returns home this weekend with the famous British Grand Prix providing a live sporting spectacle sky sportsas an in-form Max Verstappen, local favorites such as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, and an outstanding crowd descend on Silverstone for more drama.

Silverstone – the birthplace of British motorsport and a cornerstone of F1 since its inception in 1950 – hosts the 10th round of an exciting 2022 season, and sky sports has you covered from Thursday to Sunday’s race.

Verstappen holds a 46-point championship lead after making huge strides in defending his F1 crown in recent weeks, although Red Bull claim Ferrari are still the quickest and also fear Mercedes’ pace.

It’s set for a Silverstone cracker, so get ready for an unmissable weekend – all live on Sky Sports F1

Can anyone stop Verstappen?

Verstappen returns to the scene of a hugely controversial moment in last season’s title battle – the Dutchman having been sent into the barriers via a crash at Hamilton in July 2021 – but he arrives for this weekend’s British GP. end in a serene and sublime atmosphere. form.

Verstappen has won six of nine races so far this year and two of his “losses” have been due to Red Bull car breakdowns.

Relive Lewis Hamilton's huge crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year's British Grand Prix.

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Relive Lewis Hamilton’s huge crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix.

Relive Lewis Hamilton’s huge crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix.

While Charles Leclerc and Ferrari have struggled with their own reliability issues in recent weeks, Verstappen won the Azerbaijani and Canadian GPs to open up a title lead, with team-mate Sergio Perez his closest rival.

While Ferrari is optimistic about a better pace with a new engine and has challenged Verstappen in Canada, his form makes the Dutchman the favorite for the British GP, as well as the 2022 title.

Not that the defending champion – always a realist – looks at it that way.

“It’s still very long and I know that the gap is of course quite big, but I also know that it can change very quickly,” said Verstappen after his superb victory in Canada, from a wet pole to hold against to Carlos Sainz.

“I mean, in the third race I had 46 last! So we have to stay calm, we have to focus, we have to improve, because [in Canada] we weren’t the fastest.”

Verstappen has never won a British GP – only taking victory at Silverstone for a 70th anniversary GP amid a 2020 double-header – but he looks set to be on track this weekend. Can he be stopped?

Will Mercedes and Hamilton be a factor?

Red Bull have won the last seven races but were quick to point out Ferrari’s speed after Canada, with Christian Horner saying the ‘high speed’ Silverstone ‘may come back to Ferrari’s domain’ and the tracks previous “favoured” Red Bull.

Notably, the team boss also called out Mercedes for his praise after an encouraging weekend.

“Mercedes race pace was competitive,” he said. “With a smooth circuit [at Silverstone]they could be a factor.”

Mercedes were indeed more competitive in the race than they were in practice and qualifying, when it looked like the Silver Arrows could continue their Monaco and Azerbaijan nightmares with another.

But they finished with Hamilton third and Russell fourth, and appear to have solved their porpoising issues by lowering their car to the ground – which should be even more helpful in a less bumpy Silverstone.

“If we are able to run the car low, we can be competitive,” admitted Toto Wolff. “But after [the Spanish GP] we were cheering that we were back in the fight for the championship…so let’s see.

Indeed, the reality is that Mercedes may be closer to Ferrari and Red Bull at Silverstone, but they still have a lot of ground to catch up with their pace and in the fight for the title – they are 116 points behind Red. Bull while Russell and Hamilton are respectively 64 and 98 points behind Verstappen in the drivers standings.

Ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix, we look back at some of the most memorable moments from previous races at Silverstone.

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Ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, we look back at some of the most memorable moments from previous races at Silverstone.

Ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, we look back at some of the most memorable moments from previous races at Silverstone.

Still, renewed hope is just what the team and Hamilton needed amid a disappointing season. F1’s most successful driver returns to the happiest hunting ground this weekend – although a record ninth victory at Silverstone may be a long shot.

“I think we’re probably better in the medium and high speed corners than in the low speed corners,” Hamilton said after Canada. “But we’ve bounced back, so I don’t know how it’s going to be through Copse and all these places.”

He added: “I think there are a lot of learnings from this weekend and improvements we can make going forward.

“I really hope that moving to Silverstone… it’s such an important race for us and for me and so I really hope that… I just want to be in a battle [with Red Bull and Ferrari].”

Hamilton and Russell, who have been in inspired form during his rookie season at Mercedes, aren’t the only home favorites this weekend, with Lando Norris also continuing to impress for McLaren.

How to watch the British Grand Prix on Sky Sports

The key moments for an unmissable weekend on Sky Sports F1 are:

  • Thursday welcomes the return of the F1 show live from Silverstone at 6pm, as the drivers join us for more exclusive interviews
  • Track action begins on Friday, with F1 testing, plus F2, F3 and W Series sessions
  • British GP qualifying is live at 3pm on Saturday, with a ramp-up from 2.10pm after the W Series race
  • The British Grand Prix is ‚Äč‚Äčlive at 3pm on Sunday, with a ramp-up from 1.30pm

All the action can also be followed online and through our digital platforms and streams, while the F1 Show will be live on the Sky Sports F1 YouTube channel. There will also be plenty of updates on Sky Sports News.

The Sky Sports F1 live schedule

Thursday June 30
6 p.m.: The F1 Motor Show

friday july 1st
9:35 a.m.: F3 training
10:45 a.m.: F2 training
12:30 p.m.: preparation for the British GP Practice One (the session starts at 1 p.m.)
2:50 p.m.: F3 qualifying
3:35 p.m.: preparation for the second British GP (the session starts at 4 p.m.)
5:25 p.m.: F2 Qualifying
6:10 p.m.: Series W qualifying

Saturday July 2
9:50 a.m.: F3 Sprint Race
11.45 a.m.: Preparation for the third practice of the British GP (the session starts at 12 p.m.)
1:10 p.m.: W Series race
2.10 p.m .: preparation for qualifying for the British GP
3 p.m.: Qualifying for the British GP
4:55 p.m.: F2 Sprint race
6 p.m.: Ted’s qualification notebook

Sunday July 3
8:30 a.m.: F3 Feature Race
10:00 a.m.: F2 Feature Race
1:30 p.m.: Grand Prix Sunday: preparation for the British GP
3 p.m.: THE 2022 BRITISH GRAND PRIX
5 p.m.: Reaction from the British GP: Checkered Flag
6 p.m.: Ted’s notebook

F1 2022 heads to Silverstone for motorsport’s big event of the summer. Join Sky Sports F1 for extended coverage of the British GP weekend – racing starts at 2pm on Sunday July 3.

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