Mercedes might have been the dominant team in Formula One this season, but the drama on racedays between their two drivers -- Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg -- is what has grabbed the headlines so far. Red Bull have been good, but are yet to find consistency. Ferrari have improved, but they haven't been able to challenge Mercedes enough. Force India have been impressive, with a few podium finishes. This is the story of the Formula One 2016 season so far. We are in the midst of an entertaining 2016 F1 season, and at present, all eyes are focussed on the British Grand Prix.
The drivers will try to make the best use of the track on Friday and first half of Saturday, which will comprise of the three practice sessions. The qualifying sessions will take place on Saturday afternoon.
The competition between the two Mercedes racers has been fantastic, with a fair share of controversies as well. With Hamilton having won three of the last four races, the Brit has cut down Rosberg's lead to 11 points. The defending champion will be keen to complete his fourth win in five at Hamilton's home track in Silverstone.
Hamilton is happy to have come back into the title race after Rosberg's flying start, when the German won the first four races. But, the Brit does not think it is a two-way race for the drivers' championship.
"I don't think it's a two-horse race. It's the same as it's been since the beginning. It's still a fight. I think Ferrari are still there. Sebastian (Vettel) has had a couple of unfortunate races but they are still a force to be aware of," F1's official website quoted Hamilton as saying.
"It's definitely a nicer position to be in. I've definitely seen worse days and worse times, obviously I was 43 points behind at one point. It's still behind but it's not impossible to come back."
Though Hamilton and Rosberg have received all the attention, Red Bull have been impressive, challenging both the Mercedes and Ferrari. They have two brilliant drivers in the form of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Ricciardo is keen to race on one of his favourite tracks at the British Grand Prix, and if the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers make mistakes, the Australian will be there to pounce.
"I really do love Silverstone, it has always been a track I've loved since my early days driving there. I love street circuits, but equally I love high-speed corners and fast circuits and Silverstone has got some of the best on the calendar in Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel. They're fun and they require a lot of commitment. If you've got a good car behind you feel every bit of its force and potential," Ricciardo said.
With 12 races, including British Grand Prix, remaining in the season, there are plenty of points in the offing for all the drivers. Mercedes are the favourites, but it is not going to be easy with teams improving with every passing race weekend.
Where to Watch Live
First Friday Practice Session: 10:00 a.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST, 5 a.m. ET
Second Friday Practice Session: 2:00 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST, 9 a.m. ET
Final Practice Session (Saturday): 10:00 a.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST, 5 a.m ET
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