The Formula 1 race at Silverstone is coming up on Sunday. What you should know about the event in Great Britain

What’s on the agenda?

An absolute classic – Silverstone. The tenth race of the season  takes place on one of the most traditional Formula 1 circuits of all; the first race was also held here in 1950 on a former military airport from the Second World War. Curves like Maggotts, Becketts, Chapel or Copse make the hearts of drivers and fans beat faster.

Does Lewis Hamilton have a home advantage?

The record world champion has already won eight times at Silverstone – more than anyone else. But this year the Mercedes is weakening, Hamilton is not (yet) playing a role in the fight for the title. But: The serial winners of yesteryear are slowly getting a grip on their problems. Hamilton is as motivated as can be in front of his own fans. “Silverstone is such a significant race for me personally. I just want to go toe-to-toe with them there,” said the 37-year-old.

How does it look in the World Championship?

After his stuttering start to the season, world champion Verstappen (Red Bull) now holds a commanding lead in the fight for the title, so that his Ferrari rival Leclerc is already taking refuge in gallows humour. “49 points, that’s only two wins,” said the Monegasque with a laugh. But of course Leclerc, suddenly only third in the world championship behind Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez, firmly wants to believe that he can turn things around: “If we get everything out of it, we have the potential for the very front.”

What’s in it for Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel?

Finally scoring his first points – that’s Schumacher’s big goal, of course. “Some other time then,” the 23-year-old said in Canada when he had started from sixth place with good prospects, but then his Haas went on strike. Because the car is rather unreliable, it will also be difficult for Schumacher on the island. Vettel’s Aston Martin team has promised the former world champion further upgrades in order to move up the field.

And otherwise?

Mercedes against the rest – the dispute over the FIA’s technical directive on porpoising is likely to go into the next round. As of now, starting with the third free practice session in Silverstone, it will be checked whether the teams actually implement the guidelines to reduce the bouncing of the cars. The opponents fear that Mercedes could catch up. Silver Arrows team boss Toto Wolff spoke of a design problem that affects everyone. Some team bosses, however, were trying to “play political games” in order to preserve their sporting advantage.