British GP on Sky Sports: Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s renewed hopes, but can anyone stop Max Verstappen?

The Formula 1 2022 season rushes to Silverstone this weekend for the world famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1.

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The Formula 1 2022 season rushes to Silverstone this weekend for the world famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1.

The Formula 1 2022 season rushes to Silverstone this weekend for the world famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1.

Formula 1 comes home this weekend with the famed Great Britain Grand Prix to deliver a live sporting spectacle air sportslike an in-form Max Verstappen, home favorites including Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, and a huge crowd flock to Silverstone for more drama.

Silverstone – the home of British motorsport and a cornerstone of F1 since its debut in 1950 – will host the 10th round of an encapsulating 2022 season, and air sports has you covered from Thursday through Sunday’s race.

Verstappen holds a 46-point lead in the championship after taking huge strides in recent weeks to defend his F1 crown, although Red Bull claims Ferrari is still fastest and also fears Mercedes’ pace.

It’s ready for a Silverstone cracker, so get ready for a must-see weekend – all live on Sky Sports F1

Can someone stop Verstappen?

Verstappen returns to the scene of a hugely contentious moment in last season’s title race – in which the Dutchman was sent into the barriers via a Hamilton crash in July 2021 – but he arrives for this weekend’s British GP in a serene mood, and in sublime the form.

Verstappen has won six of nine races so far this year and two of his ‘defeats’ came via Red Bull car failures.

Relive Lewis Hamilton's massive crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year's British Grand Prix.

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Relive Lewis Hamilton’s massive crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix.

Relive Lewis Hamilton’s massive crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix.

With Charles Leclerc and Ferrari battling their own reliability issues in recent weeks, Verstappen won both the Azerbaijan GP and the Canadian GP to build an impressive title lead, with team-mate Sergio Perez as his closest rival.

While Ferrari is optimistic about better pace with a new engine and challenged Verstappen in Canada, his form makes the Dutchman the favorite for the British GP, as well as the 2022 title.

Not that the reigning champion – ever the realist – sees it that way.

“It’s still a very long way and I know that the gap is of course quite big, but I also know that it can turn very quickly,” said Verstappen after his great win in Canada, from a wet pole to stopping Carlos Sainz .

“I mean, race three, I was 46 behind! So we just have to keep calm, we have to focus, we have to improve, because [in Canada] we weren’t the fastest.”

Verstappen has never won a British GP – he only claimed victory at Silverstone for a 70th anniversary GP amid a 2020 double-header – but he is looking good this weekend. Can he be stopped?

Will Mercedes and Hamilton play a role?

Red Bull has won all of the last seven races but was quick to highlight Ferrari’s speed after Canada, with Christian Horner claiming the “high speed” Silverstone “might swing back into Ferrari’s domain” and that the previous circuits “preferred” Red Bull.

The team boss in particular also called Mercedes for praise after an encouraging weekend.

“Mercedes’ pace in the race was competitive,” he said. “With a smooth circuit [at Silverstone]they could be a factor.”

Mercedes was indeed more competitive in the race than in practice and in qualifying, when it looked like the Silver Arrows would follow up their nightmares in Monaco and Azerbaijan with another.

But they finished with Hamilton third and Russell fourth, and seem to have solved their porpoises by lowering their car to the ground – which should help even more on a less bumpy Silverstone.

“If we can keep the car low, we can be competitive,” admitted Toto Wolff. “But after that [the Spanish GP] we cheered that we were back in the fight for the championship… so let’s see.”

The reality is indeed that Mercedes may be closer to Ferrari and Red Bull at Silverstone, but they still have a lot of ground to gain with their pace and in the title fight – they are 116 points behind Red Bull while Russell and Hamilton are 64 and Hamilton respectively. 98 points away from Verstappen in the drivers’ standings.

Ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix, we look back at some of the most memorable moments from previous races at Silverstone.

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Ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, we look back at some of the most memorable moments from previous races at Silverstone.

Ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, we look back at some of the most memorable moments from previous races at Silverstone.

Yet renewed hope is just what the team and Hamilton needed during a disappointing season. F1’s most successful driver returns to its happiest hunting ground this weekend – even though a record-breaking ninth win at Silverstone may be a long shot.

“I think we are probably better in medium and high speed corners than in low speed corners,” said Hamilton after Canada. “But we have bounce, so I don’t know how it will go through Copse and all those places.”

He added: “I think there are many lessons learned from this weekend and improvements that we can make.

“I really hope I move to Silverstone … it’s such an important race for us and for me and so I really hope that … I just want to be in a fight [with Red Bull and Ferrari]†

Hamilton and Russell, who has been in inspired form in his rookie season at Mercedes, aren’t the only home favorites this weekend, and Lando Norris continues to impress for McLaren too.

How to follow the British Grand Prix on Sky Sports

The key times for a must-see weekend on Sky Sports F1 are:

  • Thursday welcomes the return of the live F1 show from Silverstone at 6pm, as drivers join us for more exclusive interviews
  • Track action kicks off on Friday, with F1 practice sessions, plus F2, F3 and W Series sessions
  • British GP qualifying will be live at 3pm on Saturday, with build-up from 2:10pm after the W Series race
  • The British Grand Prix will be live at 3pm on Sunday, with build-up from 1:30pm

All the action can also be followed online and via our digital platforms and streams, while the F1 Show will be live on the Sky Sports F1 YouTube channel. There will also be extensive updates on Sky Sports News.

The live Sky Sports F1 schedule

Thursday June 30
6 p.m.: the F1 show

friday july 1
9.35am: F3 Practice
10.45am: F2 Practice
12.30pm: UK GP Practice One Build-up (session starts 1pm)
2:50 PM: F3 Qualifying
3.35pm: UK GP Practice Two Build-up (session starts 4pm)
5:25 PM: F2 Qualifying
6:10 PM: W Series Qualification

saturday july 2
9.50am: F3 sprint race
11:45am: UK GP Practice Three Build-up (session starts 12:00pm)
13:10: W Series Race
2.10 pm: British GP qualifying build-up
3 p.m.: British GP Qualification
4.55pm: F2 Sprint Race
6:00pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook

sunday july 3
8.30am: F3 Feature Race
10am: F2 Feature Race
1.30 pm: Grand Prix Sunday: British GP build-up
3 p.m.: THE UK GRAND PRIX 2022
5pm: British GP Reaction: Checkered Flag
6:00 pm: Ted’s Notebook

F1 2022 heads to Silverstone for the motorsport summer’s big event. Join Sky Sports F1 for comprehensive coverage over the British GP weekend – the race kicks off on Sunday 3rd July at 2pm.