Every race weekend is important, but it is a great feeling to be back in front of my home crowd at Silverstone.

The circuit and the event have received plenty of criticism over the years but, personally, I think the sceptics should keep their hands off it. It is a great event. It's great, and pretty important, for young drivers to be able to come to big, demanding tracks like Silverstone. It's historic and, more importantly, it really works as a fun weekend of racing and atmosphere. The road system works, it looks like we are going to have some great weather and Silverstone normally throws up an exciting race.

The great thing about the track is that it has a bit of everything. The first section through Copse, Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel is unbelievable - it's quick and constantly changing direction. Toward the end of the lap, things change again, as it's slower where you have Priory, Brooklands and Luffield. Altogether it is a great, long lap - just over three miles and I always really enjoy coming to Silverstone.

I have a house just 15 minutes away, so it really does feel like my home grand prix. My team, Racing Engineering, and I are confident of a good result, so I hope I can give my fans something to help them enjoy the British Grand Prix race weekend.

Of course, we had hoped the same thing for the last round, especially with me being the defending race winner, but Monaco was pretty frustrating. It takes a lot of time, money and effort to race in GP2 and, when you don't get past the first corner, it's really sickening.

I could feel it in turn one and, by the time I'd got to Casino, the engine just stopped. Maybe the engine just thought the race was 45 seconds and not 45 laps! I'm still not sure why, but it just gave up. When I looked behind me and saw my team-mate Javi Villa had stopped too, because of the first corner accident, I knew it was a bad day for the team.

But things have to turn around at some point. We had a podium at the Nurburgring, and that should've been repeated in Barcelona, but we had the communication problem with the team in the pit-stop. Then Monaco was, as I said, extremely disappointing. But the car is improving all the time and, hopefully, this week it will all come together.

Silverstone demands a lot from the car. It doesn't really matter if you've not been there before - it really comes down to the confidence you have in your car, and that's why set-up is so important. You've got to have the confidence to lean on it hard in the high-speed corners and just make it work for you throughout the rest of the lap.

I have a pretty hectic weekend ahead of me at Silverstone - lots of fan events, autograph sessions and media commitments. All those things combine to make it a busy and tough few days but, hopefully, things will come good. The weather is going to be great and there will be a wonderful atmosphere. I just hope I can give the fans something to cheer about.



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