No driver in the history of Formula 1 has won the same Grand Prix nine times.
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But that’s the feat Lewis Hamilton pulled off in his controversial national race at the legendary Silverstone circuit on Sunday.
The Mercedes team, who are seen as the third force on the board this season after dominating the specialty since 2014, intend to capitalize on new developments that could make their single-seater more competitive in the UK.
According to one of the team’s engineers and the director of track engineering, the repairs are significant.
“We will not hide to say that Silverstone is an important step for us,” argued Andrew Shovlin. Changes affect the front and rear fenders and the floor. »
A reassuring podium
Meanwhile, Hamilton is still looking for a first win of the season. His last triumph in Formula 1 dates from December 5, 2021 in Saudi Arabia.
In Montreal two weeks ago, the Brit finished third, just ahead of his young team-mate and compatriot George Russell.
“It’s a reassuring podium for the rest,” said Hamilton, who has made Silverstone’s facility a real playground, as his record of eight wins shows.
His victory last year was fought controversially in front of his audience. As a reminder, on the first lap of the event, a high-speed accident involving him with Max Verstappen meant the loss of his great rival from the Red Bull team.
Despite the force of the impact on a protective wall, the Dutchman escaped unharmed but was taken to hospital as a precaution, from where he watched Hamilton’s victory on television.
They are just two drivers who have won the same Formula 1 Grand Prix eight times, namely Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.
The first succeeded in Great Britain and Hungary, the second in France. Both also have seven wins at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The German also has seven wins in San Marino.
The single-seaters of the Canadians Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Nicholas Latifi (Williams) will also benefit from major modifications at Silverstone. Hoping to be able to revive a miserable season one way or the other.