Lewis Hamilton says McLaren’s Silverstone pace at British Grand Prix is a ‘wake up call’ for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is downbeat about Mercedes’ prospects for Sunday’s British GP after he saw McLaren leapfrog him at Silverstone; Watch the British Grand Prix live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Showcase on Sunday at 3pm, with a build-up from 1:30pm

Last Updated: 08/07/23 at 6:50 PM


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Mercedes’ George Russell and Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying at Silverstone, with the pair finishing sixth and seventh respectively.

Mercedes’ George Russell and Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying at Silverstone, with the pair finishing sixth and seventh respectively.

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that McLaren’s pace in qualifying at the British Grand Prix is ​​a “wake up call” for Mercedes.

Lando Norris qualified on the front row behind Max Verstappen at Silverstone, with teammate Oscar Piastre recording his best ever qualifying in Formula 1 by taking third.

Meanwhile, Hamilton will start Sunday’s British Grand Prix – Live on Sky Sports F1 and for free sky showcase – from seventh and George Russell will be in sixth place.

“It’s not a shock, it’s just a warning to us. Others are getting ahead of us and we need to do more,” said Hamilton.

“I’m not surprised by McLaren, if you look at the car it makes sense. If you put it up with Red Bull, it looks very similar from the sides and it’s working.

“I did my best where I was (in qualifying). I will try and be optimistic and do my best but realistically it will be difficult to overtake the two Ferraris and we’ve got the two McLarens out there now. It’s going to be a tough race.”

Lewis Hamilton came fourth in the drivers' championship at the British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton came fourth in the drivers’ championship at the British Grand Prix

Wolff: Red Bull being followed by McLaren ‘seems to be a good direction’

Mercedes brought a significant upgrade package to the Monaco Grand Prix earlier this year, taking them away from their ‘no sidepods’ concept.

The original design was in contrast to the Red Bull concept, which has now been copied to some extent by Aston Martin and McLaren.

Toto Wolff says both teams have proved “this is a good example of how you can turn things around” as Mercedes continues its quest to get back to the front.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is optimistic for Sunday's race at Silverstone, despite George Russell and Lewis Hamilton qualifying sixth and seventh respectively.

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is optimistic for Sunday’s race at Silverstone, despite George Russell and Lewis Hamilton qualifying sixth and seventh respectively.

Despite George Russell and Lewis Hamilton only qualifying in sixth and seventh place respectively, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is optimistic for Sunday’s race at Silverstone.

“From what we see on the outside, which is only half the information, the car looks like a Red Bull. But that doesn’t matter because only the stopwatch matters and that’s what Lewis was referring to – that this kind of design looks like That it’s a good direction,” Wolff said.

“But that’s easier said than done. We each had Red Bull-looking bodywork in the tunnel and it didn’t show up, so you don’t have to give up and watch it again because another team just -Just got second place in the performance.”

Russell misses out on third place

Karun Chandhok was on Skypad to learn how McLaren's Lando Norris beat fellow Briton George Russell in qualifying for his home race.

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Karun Chandhok was on Skypad to learn how McLaren’s Lando Norris beat fellow Briton George Russell in qualifying for his home race.

Karun Chandhok was on Skypad to learn how McLaren’s Lando Norris beat fellow Briton George Russell in qualifying for his home race.

Norris finished second and Hamilton seventh by just over a quarter of a second on one of the longest circuit Formula 1 tours.

Fernando Alonso will start in ninth place for Aston Martin, while Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez is 16th, so it should be a highly competitive battle for the podium.

“Our numbers (in practice two) showed that yesterday we were 17th and 18th in qualifying, then third and fourth on race pace. Clearly we’ve made some improvements,” Russell explained. Sky Sports F1,

“I was disappointed to see that we were half a tenth off P3, which would have been incredible. My lap felt great. I don’t think there was much.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton recalled his impressive run of eight victories at the British Grand Prix.

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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton recalled his impressive run of eight victories at the British Grand Prix.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton recalled his impressive run of eight victories at the British Grand Prix.

“Lewis has really been at it this weekend and has been pushing me hard. Well done to McLaren, they have come from nowhere and there are big unknowns for tomorrow.”

He added: “We always consider Sunday better than Saturday. It’s an interesting grid – Fernando and Checo are out of position. Let’s see what we can do. But McLaren look really quick here.”

Sky Sports F1 Live British GP Schedule (All F1 sessions on Sky Showcase)

Sunday 9th July
8:10 am: F3 Feature Race
9:50 am: F2 Feature Race
11:50 AM: Porsche Supercup
1:30 PM: Grand Prix Sunday – British GP Build-up
3 PM: British Grand Prix
5pm: Checkered flag: British GP reaction
6 p.m.: Ted’s Notebook

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