Can Lewis Hamilton be stopped?
That might be the easiest question to answer heading into Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. To this point in the F1 season, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Unsurprisingly, Hamilton once again sits in the pole position after a dazzling, dizzying qualifying run Saturday. Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas will start beside him on the starting grid.
Hamilton has won his last two races in dominating fashion, with victories at the Styrian and Hungarian GPs in July. Silverstone could prove more of the same. Hamilton has dominated the circuit while behind the wheel for Mercedes, taking home British GP victories in five of the last six years.
So, to revisit: Can Lewis Hamilton be stopped? The answer will likely be, “Hmm, probably not.”
Maybe a better question to ask would be: Who will stand on the podium beside him? There’s a much more open debate on that, because the field behind Mercedes is wide-open. Though it’s still early, this has been a disappointing season thus far for Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel and Team Ferrari, who have just 27 points and one podium for their efforts. With at least 10 more races on the docket, there’s time to make up the deficit, but the car — and the team’s drivers — must improve on those early performances.
Will Hamilton defend his homeland and take home his third consecutive victory on Sunday? Sporting News is tracking live updates, highlights and more from Round 4 of the 2020 F1 season. Follow along below.
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Formula 1 British Grand Prix live updates, results
9:15 p.m.: Safety car is is out as Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen collide. Magnussen is wrecked and heads into the wall. His day is done.
9:14 p.m.: Hamilton leads Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc early on. A quick start for Leclerc as he and Verstappen jockey for third.
9:10 a.m.: Nico Hulkenberg is out after an issue with with his car. This comes after he got the start for Racing Point after Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID-19.
9:01 a.m.: Drivers are strapping up and in, and we’re a few minutes from lights out at Silverstone Circuit.
8:53 a.m.: F1 drivers delivering 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|