Williams Racing go into their home grand prix on the back of coming agonisingly close to George Russell getting his first points for the team, after he made it to final qualifying for the first ever time with the team.
In front of 140,000 British fans on Sunday, Williams will be hoping that their home grand prix will see their points drought come to an end, especially with the new weekend format possibly giving the team an open oppurtuniy.
For the first time ever in Formula 1 qualifying will take place on Friday evening, with the result determining the grid for a sprint race on Saturday which in itself will decide the grid for the traditional Sunday race.
Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson is really looking forward to the weekend and is hoping to be battling with the midfield teams yet again.
“The event at Silverstone is always a highlight of the Formula One season, as well as an iconic event of the British summer. This year, the event is notable for the experimental format which will see traditional Qualifying take place on Friday evening and then a Sprint Qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, before the main Grand Prix on Sunday. For us, this represents quite a change in how we approach, plan and execute the event.
“Fortunately, we have the experience from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola last year to help guide us and to give us some insight into how the other teams are likely to approach the two free practice sessions.
“Having enjoyed some good fights with the midfield teams at the last few events, we are very keen to continue our recent form in front of a large home crowd, which will include many of our colleagues who don’t usually get to travel to the circuit. The whole team is motivated and excited by the challenge ahead of us as we face the new event format at one of the best venues in the world.”