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Hamilton & Bottas set the pace as Grosjean suffers freaky Silverstone crash

Hamilton & Bottas set the pace as Grosjean suffers freaky Silverstone crash

Lewis Hamilton does not anticipate remaining in Formula One after he gives up driving.

"I hope in future they (don't)".

The 34-year-old will surpass Jim Clark and Alain Prost's five wins in the race with victory at Silverstone on Sunday. "This is such a special event and it needs all the attention". I think people will be switching between channels on Sunday not sure what to watch. "But if it happens this weekend it does, if it doesn't it's no biggie for me, as I'm going to try to be here for a little bit longer", said Hamilton. The 19-year-old took third place from Hamilton through the opening corner of the last round in Austria and hoped the world champion would still be racing when he was in a auto able to challenge him.

The 33-year-old Frenchman is a veteran of over 150 grands prix but contrived to rattle his vehicle into barriers, spin and lose his front wing on the way out of the pits. In the last race in Austria two weeks ago, Hamilton started fourth and last time to replace the front wing of his Mercedes after 31 laps. "He's British, he's the man, he's a five-time world champion".

'There's excitement and adrenaline.

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"(High temperatures in) Austria exposed the biggest vulnerability of our vehicle and it meant we couldn't challenge for the win at any point of the weekend", said team boss Toto Wolff.

'I've had some spectacular races here but we're here to improve this weekend as a team. "My whole family are coming here this weekend so it is that one weekend where it is the most special in a sense because you've got your family, your closest support, surrounding you".

"Fortunately, the English summer is known for more moderate temperatures, so cooling should not be a major issue for us in Silverstone".

"Silverstone is one of the most iconic Grands Prix on the F1 calendar and with such a rich heritage it would have been disastrous for the sport and fans had we not managed to find a way forward", chairman of BRDC John Grant said. Organisers struck a new deal this week to continue the race on the central England circuit through 2024.

"Even though I'm not fully comfortable yet we're not that far away and the times are pretty close which is a positive". Who knows whether I'll still be here by then. The meeting has traditionally taken place in June to take advantage of the summer weather but could be shifted in consideration with the other races that occupy the summer months.