• IN WORDS: Lewis and Valtteri Talk Great Britain

Our two drivers look ahead to the British Grand Prix weekend...

'The support is unlike anywhere else'

Lewis heads into his home event at Silverstone with the potential of breaking a new record for the most British GP wins and is determined to deliver another strong result in front of the passionate home crowd.

"It's been a really incredible journey since 2007, to be riding this positive wave every time you come to this grand prix.

 "Coming into this weekend there's obviously talk of a historic number of wins and all those kind of things," he said.

 "I'm really grateful to be in the position to fight for a win here at Silverstone for the sixth time... not many drivers get to do that. So, I'm very privileged in that respect.

"And the support is unlike anywhere else. The fans are just incredible. The atmosphere here is just incredible throughout this weekend, particularly when the weather is good.

"The hope is always that you can deliver, arrive in good form and perform and that's what I'm going to try and do."

'We made some good steps'

Valtteri is expecting the team to have a strong car this weekend at Silverstone and has been pleased with the recent upgrades.

"It is closer now with other teams, last year was close but now it is even closer," he said. "For sure, you need a perfect weekend to get those race wins.

"We were not perfect in Austria, so that weekend we didn't get the win or one-two. But I don't think there is more pressure, I'm always pushing flat out whether we are leading or not.

"I think we definitely made some good steps in France and Austria. Performance-wise the car was really quick in the race. We do believe we have a strong car here as well.

"The team has done a really good job with those upgrades, they have been working as expected so hopefully there is more to come soon."

'It's made us stronger'

The previous race in Austria didn't go to plan for the team, with both drivers retiring, but Lewis believes the tough weekend has only made us stronger.

"Obviously, we know it was a difficult weekend and of course we have all wished it wasn't the way it was but what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger," he explained.

The spirit within the team is stronger than it's ever been. These experiences we've been having and how we've been handling them, have really united us more than any other year.

"There's a great energy within team. While it was a painful experience, it actually brought us closer. I think it made us stronger.

 As soon as the team got the car back after the last race, by that evening there was a fix that was designed and put into test mode.

"So, the team was super on it and I'm confident we've done everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen again."

'Last weekend doesn't matter'

Valtteri shares a similar viewpoint and has also seen how Austria's disappointment pulled the team together and fired them up even more for the remainder of the season.

"When we come here, last weekend doesn't matter," he said. "It's a new weekend again and obviously we are trying to get the perfect result.

"The weekends before don't matter, except for the things we have been learning from them. We are confident the technical issues that we had have been solved.

"It's always about how you come back after a difficult weekend, how we get things together and move on.

"I think good moments and bad moments always have a great way of pulling the team together. I was in the factory on Tuesday and Wednesday and I can confirm the team spirit is really good, upbeat and everyone is even hungrier to get a good result."