British Grand Prix F1 Predictions: Will Mercedes’ Upgrades be Enough for Hamilton to Beat Verstappen at Silverstone?

Published 07/10/2021, 8:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Lisi Niesner


Next weekend, the Formula One paddock will visit the Silverstone Circuit for the British Grand Prix. Starting from Monaco and continuing through Baku, France and the two Austrian races, Red Bull and Max Verstappen have been on a massive bull run.

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However, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will be quite fired up heading into this race. The Knight has performed well at Silverstone in the past.

Moreover, the British Grand Prix is his home turf and he will be determined to win in front of his home fans. Naturally, it is every F1 driver’s dream to win on home tarmac. In addition to that, there is a psychological advantage of racing in one’s own backyard with the home crowd backing them.

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Theoretically speaking, it is possible for Lewis Hamilton to win and score one back for Mercedes. Many thought that the Mercedes juggernaut would continue and deliver Hamilton’s eighth F1 title. However, Red Bull and Max Verstappen have proven to be sizeable thorns in their sides.

What to expect from Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix?

Truthfully, one must never discount Hamilton from a race win. Although Red Bull seem to be holding all the cards and the advantage, any mistake could swing things back to Mercedes. Admittedly, Silverstone is pretty much Mercedes’ stronghold.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

They have won nearly every race at the track from 2013 onwards, except for the 2018 edition. That year, Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix for Scuderia Ferrari. Now, the German driver is not exactly in a position to challenge for victory, and neither is Ferrari. Instead, it will be Mercedes and Red Bull who will be the primary contenders.

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Red Bull has not won at Silverstone since 2012, so this could be Mercedes’ chance for redemption. On the other end of the scale, the Bulls have been in red hot form, so they could be tough to defeat in a straight fight.

All in all, both teams have something on their side, so the win could go either way. But who knows? Maybe the sprint qualifying will throw everything out the window and give us a surprise winner?

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How do you think the 2021 British Grand Prix will pan out? Let us know!

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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