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The Silverstone paddock has a touch of Hollywood glamour this year as Brad Pitt is at the British Grand Prix filming his upcoming Formula 1-based movie.
And judging from qualifying results, the capacity crowd could be treated to a blockbuster of a race on Sunday afternoon.
It would take a plot twist of M Night Shyamalan proportions to see anything other than another win for runaway championship leader Max Verstappen, however, the battle to claim the other two steps on the podium looks set to be fierce.
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British Grand Prix track guide
Debut season – 1950
Track length – 5.891km
Number of turns – 18
Most wins – Lewis Hamilton (8)
Most poles – Lewis Hamilton (7)
2022 winner – Carlos Sainz
The former airfield at Silverstone was chosen as the venue for the opening round of the new Formula 1 World Championship for Drivers in 1950, and has hosted more F1 Grands Prix than any other circuit except for Monza in Italy.
The layout has changed a number of times over the years, but the track has retained its character as a high-speed test with sweeping corners and long sections of full-throttle running.
Weather can often play a part in the British Grand Prix – there have been some horrendous downpours on race weekend, while the open countryside setting means that wind can upset the balance of the cars.
British Grand Prix race predictions
Carlos Sainz podium finish @13/8
McLaren showed the benefit of their recent upgrade package to claim second and third places on the grid behind Verstappen, however they were staying grounded about their chances in the race when asked afterwards.
Lando Norris, who was roared on to a front-row starting berth by the Siverstone crowd, claimed he would be happy to finish the race in the top five. Australian rookie Oscar Piastri meanwhile gave a points finish as his stated aim.
Their caution is understandable. At two of the last three races both McLarens started in the top ten but neither ended there.
Right behind the McLaren pair in qualifying were the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, with the British Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton hot on their heels.
The Ferrari is another car that has tended to struggle to match its qualifying speed in the race, but recent upgrades have improved that situation judging from their showing in Austria last weekend, where Leclerc finished second.
Sainz was unlucky in the race there, having been compromised by the timing of the safety car, but he has a good chance to hit back this week.
The Spaniard has happy memories of Silverstone, where he claimed his sole F1 victory to date last year.
Logan Sargeant points finish @3/1
As well as McLaren, another historic British team, Williams, have been enjoying something of a resurgence so far this weekend.
The team sit ninth out of ten teams in the constructors’ championship with only Alex Albon’s seven points to show from the first nine races of the season.
However, a new package of technical updates seems to have boosted them with both Albon and his rookie American team-mate Logan Sargeant well up in the top ten throughout the preliminaries.
Qualifying didn’t work out quite as they would have hoped, with Albon set to start eighth and Sargeant 14th, however, their performances earlier in the session suggest they were capable of better.
Sergeant was only 0.135 seconds away from qualifying 11th, but even from 14th he has a shot at bagging his first points in Formula 1.
The car is fast in flat-out sections, of which there are plenty at Silverstone, and that could help him to overtake enough cars to reach the top ten.
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