Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is aiming to get his Formula 1 title quest on track in his home grand prix, after losing a considerable ground to teammate Nico Rosberg, who is 29 points ahead of the Brit in the drivers' championship.
Hamilton will be the focus point in the British Grand Prix in front of the home-crowd, after he lost the race lead to Rosberg last year because of a dramatic tyre trouble. The German went on to win the grand prix ahead of Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso, followed by the Brit.
The former champion is facing similar issues in this season, after squandering his lead in the championship. Rosberg has beaten Hamilton four-time this season and the 29-year-old insisted technical glitches in the previous rounds halted his progress.
"There is been these two races where we had a technical problem in Montreal and then in the last race I faced some difficulties on the driver side," Hamilton said. "Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn't, but you're always going from strength to strength, so we've learned some things but nothing we can particularly point out."
Rosberg started the Austrian GP from P3 behind Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, but managed to battle past them and clinched his third victory of the season. Hamilton finished behind the German and completed sixth one-two finish for the Silver Arrows.
"Austria was not easy for us overall, so I was delighted to come away with the win and even more so for the team to have both cars at the front," Rosberg said. "The atmosphere at the circuit was really great and, being so close to Germany, it almost felt like a home race."
The British GP is also a home-race for Force India, as their factory is just next to the main entrance of the track. The Vijay Mallya co-owned outfit has been consistent all through the season and is currently fourth in the constructors' standings.
Silverstone is expected to suit the Indo-British outfit but their German driver Nico Hulkenberg insisted that they are heading into the weekend with an open mind and trying to make the best of whatever opportunities they will have in the grand prix.
"No, absolutely not," Hulkenberg said. "It is not a thought that is constantly on my mind - not at all to be honest. I come to every race pretty open minded and not driven by that obsession. I am always making the best I can out of me and the package that I have - and then let's see what it's good for."
Meanwhile, another home-hope Jenson Button insisted that the fast-flowing nature of the Silverstone circuit doesn't suit McLaren's characteristics, but the team will try to improve in the weekend and finish as high as possible.
"For any driver, your home Grand Prix is massively important - but, like Monza and Monaco, Silverstone is special for everyone," Button said. "The fast corners of the Grand Prix circuit aren't necessarily going to suit our package, but we're bringing improvements to the car all the time, and we're now seeing some really positive correlation between the tunnel and the track, which is encouraging for our ongoing development programme."
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