Can Lewis Hamilton be stopped?
That is perhaps the easiest question to head towards Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. So far in the F1 season, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Unsurprisingly, Hamilton is back in pole position after a staggering dizzying qualifying run on Saturday. Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas starts next to him on the starting grid.
Hamilton has dominated his last two races, with victories at the Styria and Hungary GP in July. Silverstone could prove more of the same. Hamilton dominated the circuit while behind the wheel for Mercedes, taking British GP wins in five of the past six years.
So, to come back: can Lewis Hamilton be stopped? The answer will likely be: Hmm, probably not.”
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Perhaps a better question to ask is: who will be on the podium next to him? There is a much more open debate about this, because the field behind Mercedes is wide open. Although it is still early, this has been a disappointing season so far for Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel and Team Ferrari, who have only 27 points and one podium for their endeavors. With at least 10 races left, there is time to make up for the deficit, but the car – and the team’s drivers – need to improve on that early performance.
Will Hamilton defend his homeland and go home for the third time in a row on Sunday? Sporting News keeps track of live updates, highlights and more from round 4 of the 2020 F1 season. Follow below.
(All times East.)
Formula 1 British Grand Prix live updates, results
9:35 pm: Daniil Kvyat has been destroyed. The safety car and the medical car are out. It looks like he lost grip on a corner. His day is over.
9:32 PM: It is all Team Mercedes in the beginning up to and including round 11. Hamilton and Bottas open a lead over Verstappen and Leclerc.
9:27 PM: Vettel is in 10th place – he’s just in 10th place. Hamilton opens up ahead of Bottas, with Verstappen, Leclerc and Sainz rounding out the top five.
9:26 PM: Albon is down early, effects of the collision? Possibly.
9:24 PM: The safety car is coming and racing will resume soon.
9:15 PM: Safety car is out when Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen collide. Magnussen has been destroyed and goes into the wall. His day is over.
9:14 PM: Hamilton leads Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc early on. A quick start for Leclerc as he and Verstappen jockey for third.
9:10 am: Nico Hulkenberg is out after a problem with his car. This comes after he got the start for Racing Point after Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID-19.
9:01 am: There are drivers on and off, and we are minutes away from the lights on Silverstone Circuit.
8:53 am: F1 drivers deliver a powerful message to start the day:
British Grand Prix starting grid
|Grid position||Driver||Team||Lap time|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1.25.325|
|6||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||1’25,839|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||1’25,965|
|12||Alex Albon||Red Bull||1’26,545|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Racing Point||1’26,566|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1’27,164|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1’27,366|