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    INSIGHT: Five Reasons We're Excited for the British Grand Prix Just a few of the many reas...

Just a few of the many reasons why we can't wait for Silverstone!

1. Fond Memories

Silverstone holds a special place in the hearts of the team and our drivers. Not only is the track just down the road from our Brackley HQ, but it's been the scene of many memorable moments over the past few years - with five wins there in as many years.

The last four of those were won by Lewis. His first home triumph was in 2008 with McLaren. Lewis returned to the top step in 2014, which was his first win at Silverstone with Mercedes. But, it also kicked off his stunning run of four consecutive wins at the British GP.

Lewis has stood on the podium at Silverstone in seven of his 11 F1 appearances. He is the joint most successful driver at the British GP, with five wins - the same number as Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

Valtteri has claimed two podiums at Silverstone and it's a track he's typically gone well at in the past. He put in a strong performance last year to finish runner-up and help the team claim a spectacular one-two. His first Silverstone podium was back in 2014 with Williams and was his second ever in F1. 

2. Home Support

Of course, the British Grand Prix is Lewis' home event, with the passionate British fans travelling to Silverstone in their droves to cheer him on and show their support.

The grandstands are always packed with fans, waving their colourful banners and British flags. It's also great to see people wearing their Mercedes merchandise with pride, too!

It's always an incredibly busy weekend for Lewis, but it's also one of his highlights of the entire year and the same can also be said for the team!

The British GP is one of two home races for the team - the other one being the German GP in Hockenheim. Our Brackley factory is only 15 minutes down the road, with Brixworth just half an hour away.

Lots of our colleagues will be at Silverstone cheering the team on, enjoying the action and soaking up the atmosphere.

We can't wait to see all of the fans at the track this weekend, be sure to show your support by tagging us and the drivers in your social media posts!  

3. Triple-Header Conclusion...

It has been an incredible few weeks of racing action, with Formula One's first ever triple-header concluding this weekend at Silverstone.

Never before have F1 fans been treated to so much action and while it's been a mixed bag for the team so far, we are ready and raring to go for the British GP.

Silverstone is a fitting location for the triple-header to come to an end, too, because it's close to home for many of F1's teams and always produces exciting, dramatic racing.

4. Fighting Back

The Austrian GP was undoubtedly one of the toughest races the team has faced, following Lewis and Valtteri's retirements in Spielberg.

But, we are fully focused on bouncing back at this weekend's British Grand Prix. Here's how Toto sums it up:

"We are determined to put up a hard fight on home turf and come back with a strong result - one that is worthy of our drivers' performance, our fans' passion and the Mercedes brand."

5. Racing Cars Everywhere!

Motorsport fans both at the track and watching from home are in for a real treat this year, with Silverstone putting on a bumper weekend of racing action.

Not only are there three practice sessions, qualifying and a 52-lap F1 race to enjoy, but there's also Masters Historic racing and other support categories.

These include F2 and GP3, which are also completing their own triple-header of races this weekend. We hope you'll be cheering on our Reserve Driver George Russell, as he competes on home turf in F2!

2018 also marks the 70th anniversary of the first Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1948 - which also marked the opening of the circuit. In celebration, there will be an anniversary parade on each day Friday-Sunday, featuring an array of cars (including a very special Silver Arrows...)

Event Guide:

Key timings for events at the track, for those of you in Silverstone and wanting to keep up from home!

What's

Happening?

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Where?

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Can I Watch?

FIA Driver Press Conference (Lewis) Thursday
15:00 BST
Press Conference Room
Sky Sports F1 Live Show Thursday
18:00 BST
Pit Straight Pit Straight/Sky Sports F1
Silverstone 70th Anniversary Parade Friday
15:45 BST
Track Instagram/Twitter
James Allison: Fan Forum Friday
(12:15 BST)
Fanzone
Silverstone 70th Anniversary Parade Saturday
12:15 BST
Track Instagram/Twitter
Circuit Stage Appearance Saturday
17:40 BST
Fanzone
Silverstone 70th Anniversary Parade Sunday
12:10 BST
Track Instagram/Twitter
Drivers' Parade Sunday
12:30 BST
Track Instagram/Twitter

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