Lewis Hamilton will be looking ahead for Silverstone for this weekend’s British Grand Prix with the circuit as much in the headlines as the home hero.
They both have not agreed to say yes to Formula 1 at the start of a big week in Britain. On Wednesday, Hamilton was the only driver to ignore a major event in British capital. Silverstone will be calling time on the race contract after 2019.
“We had a fantastic response from all the teams and 19 of the drivers,” said a Formula 1 spokesman, without naming Hamilton, ahead of the ‘F1 Live London’ event featuring demonstration runs on the streets of Westminster.
On Tuesday, Hamilton told his fans on social media that he was going on a break. The Mercedes team confirmed that only Valtteri Bottas would be in London. “Two-day holiday before the greatest race weekend of the year!!,” Hamilton said on Instagram
Hamilton will be back on Thursday and focus on bidding to match his late compatriot Jim Clark as the only driver to have won four British Grands Prix in a row and five in total.
The three time world champion needs to win this especially as it is at his home after setbacks beyond his control in Azerbaijan and Austria left him 20 points behind Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel as the season approaches the halfway stage.
Hamilton has been off the podium for two successive races for the first time since March 2014. “It is generally when there are adversities that there is an opportunity to grow and to do something pretty special,” he said of his current situation. “We’ve still got a long, long way to go. It could easily, within one race, switch. But the bigger that gap gets, the more pressure builds.”
“I’m looking forward to Silverstone, should be a lot of fun with this year’s cars,” said the German, who missed out on victory in Austria by 0.6 seconds after a storming start by Bottas from pole position.
“I think our car has been really strong this year in fast corners, so I think it should be quite nice.”