Red Bull Racing - David Coulthard (#14), Mark Webber (#15):

The elder statesman of the British quartet that will line up on the grid this weekend, David Coulthard remains a popular figure at Silverstone and it is a track that has served the Scot well in the past.

Although, like Button, in a supporting role in the midst of 'Hamilton-mania', Coulthard will be chasing more points in Britain but after a French Grand Prix spent largely in the shadows on the way to a spot outside the top ten, Red Bull know they need to raise their game again.

Still, with the point's positions becoming increasingly crowded as teams such as Renault, Toyota, Williams and Honda dispute the vital places, both Coulthard and Mark Webber are likely to have a job coming out on top.

Williams - Nico Rosberg (#16), Alex Wurz (#17):

Although there were no points, Nico Rosberg produced another strong performance in France, his strategy ultimately seeing him lose out to the alternative method adopted by Jenson Button as the race wore on.

Nonetheless, with more murmurs of Rosberg's future being muttered as he continues to bother the points paying positions behind the top three teams, the German is going from strength to strength and it is something he is keen to continue at Silverstone.

A historic circuit for the Williams team, Rosberg is anticipating another point's finish, not least because of a strong performance for the squad in the Silverstone test prior to Magny-Cours.

"Silverstone is a great track, I really enjoy driving it and our car should go well there. We had a productive test there before France, so we should have a good chance of scoring points this weekend. In addition, it's always a good race because it's the team's home GP.

"There's a lot of history for us at Silverstone, having taken our first ever win back in 1979, so it also holds a lot of good memories. And I hope the atmosphere will be fantastic due to Lewis."

If Rosberg is being lifted to new heights, then team-mate Alex Wurz is by contrast under pressure to perform, particularly in light of the youngsters pace. Yet again languishing outside the top 16 in qualifying when he failed to make the second stage for the third race in a row, Wurz needs his experiencing pounding around the Silverstone circuit in his years of testing to push him further up the grid.

"Silverstone is our home GP, so that's exciting for everyone in the team, but I also love it because it's a cool track. There's no braking in the high speed first sector and lots of G-forces for the drivers to contend with. It is quite a difficult track to get right though because of the different wing types required and the changeable conditions. Getting a good set-up is tricky and often has to be a compromise between top speed and downforce for the corners. As we saw in France, it's going to be a hard fight again because everyone is very close, but we'll be on the maximum attack to get some points."

Scuderia Toro Rosso - Vitantonio Liuzzi (#18), Scott Speed (#19):

A solid race for Scuderia Toro Rosso in France, particularly for Scott Speed whose pace in practice and qualifying saw him comprehensively out pace team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi for the first time this season.

In the end reliability woes, the cornerstone of STR's season so far, claimed Scott Speed in the race and Liuzzi was dismissed following a clash with Anthony Davidson on the first lap, a result that proved their fourth double retirement in eight races. Still, with one car in the second phase of qualifying in France and Liuzzi just missing out, the addition of a revised gearbox in Magny-Cours was seemingly doing its job.

Silverstone though beckons for the STR team and after a good test there prior to Magny-Cours, a pair of solid finishes are likely to be the targets.

Spyker F1 - Christijan Albers (#20), Adrian Sutil (#21):

Still counting down the days until the heavily revised FV8-VII arrives in what is expected to be Turkey, Spyker soldiered on in France once again, qualifying at the back of the field and running there for the length of the race.

Or at least Adrian Sutil did after Christijan Albers retired in rather bizarre circumstances after driving out of the pit lane with the fuel hose still attached, a mistake that certainly did little ease rumours of his future with the team.

On the plus side, Sutil was again in good form as he heads to circuits that he is more familiar with, the German now regularly getting the better of his more experienced team-mate and in turn is reportedly beginning to cause a stir for Formula 1's various talent scouts.

Back to this weekend though and Spyker will be taking part in what is effectively their home grand prix given that the Dutch team is based not so far from Silverstone. As such, the team have completed many miles around the circuit and can probably feel more confident here than they can anywhere else. If the current car has scope for surprise, then it is here where it will produce it...

Super Aguri F1 - Takuma Sato (#22), Anthony Davidson (#23):

The fourth of the British quartet set to be cheered along this weekend, Anthony Davidson has been waiting a long time to be given the chance to race in front of his home fans. In fact it will be the first time he has raced on British soil since 2001 when he competed in British Formula 3.

Although his points tally doesn't represent this, Davidson is certainly keeping the in form Takuma Sato honest this season and there is no better opportunity to sneak into the second knockout phase and generally out pace the Japanese driver - who beat him to that British Formula 3 title six years ago - this weekend. Indeed, the Brit is content with his performances so far this year.

"I am feeling good about my performances at the races so far. I am at the level where I wanted to be and achieved the results that I wanted to have. Without a little bit of bad luck here and there I would have had points in the bag, so I have taken even more pressure off myself in that respect. I am looking forward to the rest of the season and getting even more out of myself in the races to come.

"I'd like to score some points! I should have some in the bag by now after Canada, but that was not meant to be and I am sure that I am close to doing it. I can feel it coming. I was 11th again in Indy and have always been knocking on the door of the points scoring positions."

TYRES:

Many of the drivers speak of admiration when Silverstone is mentioned, its long straights and fast corners making it one of the quickest and most challenging circuits on the Formula 1 calendar.

The flip-side though is that the circuit can tend to take its toll on the tyres - particularly on the left-hand side - as bends such as Copse, Becketts and Bridge place stress on the Bridgestone rubber.

Throwing another curve ball into the mix though is likely to be the weather though, something that is often a constant threat for the British race. Even so, with Silverstone having been forced to make a contingency plan if the heavens open too much, it could be another chance for Bridgestone's wet tyres to be put into practice.

THE TRACK:

Race Distance: 60 laps - Circuit Length: 3.194 miles (5.141 kms)

The historic Silverstone circuit, located on the site of a former airfield, is one of the few remaining high-speed and flowing tracks on the calendar, and one where Formula One cars can really be unleashed. As a result, it is one of the highlights of the season for most drivers and has seen some great races in recent years.

The circuit itself is a thrilling drive although there is some criticism over a lack of passing places. Overtaking moves are possible into Vale and Abbey, although cars tend to lose downforce following each other closely through the preceding fast corners. The entry to Becketts is the quickest corner on the track, a 290kph bend, while the slowest section is the 80kph Vale left-hander that leads directly into Club.

THE WINNER?

Perhaps the question here should be who is the winner the majority of supporters will want to see? Indeed, it is hard to see who outside the top two teams can challenge for victory, BMW perhaps excluded. However, it is Hamilton the crowd will want to see triumph and the omens for the youngster are good if his performance in GP2 last year is anything to go by - after all, who wouldn't want to see him go three abreast with his sparring partners through Becketts..?

Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa are the other names that are most likely to grace the winner's list and while Hamilton wants the win most, arguably his rivals need the win more...

LAST SEASON:

Billed as one of the most anticipated races of the season following qualifying, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher qualified in the first three positions at Silverstone, setting up a tantalising dual between the trio.

As it happens, Alonso got the best start and simply romped away, steadily building a lead to come home a clear 14 seconds up on Schumacher, who had to use the pit stops of leapfrog Raikkonen. Fisichella pulled the same trick on Massa to claim fourth, right behind Raikkonen, with the Brazilian settling for fifth.

Juan Pablo Montoya scored his last ever points in Formula 1 with an unspectacular sixth place finish, whilst seventh and eighth for Nick Heidfeld and Jacques Villeneuve marked the turning point in their season as they quickly became regular points finishers.

1. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault-Renault 60 laps 1hr
25mins 51.927secs

2. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari +13.9
3. Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes +18.6
4. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Renault-Renault +19.9
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +31.5
6. Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia McLaren-Mercedes +64.7
7. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber-BMW +71.5
8. Jacques Villeneuve Canada BMW Sauber-BMW +78.2

 

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