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Home heroes and the future of the British Grand Prix

British Formula 1 fans have been spoiled in recent years. Not only has Lewis Hamilton been the most successful driver of the turbo-hybrid era, but the trio of Hamilton, George Russell and Lando Norris is arguably the most talented from the United Kingdom for decades.

You probably have to go back to the 1960s, to the time of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and John Surtees, to match or better the current crop. Those four, plus Mike Spence, made it a remarkable 1-2-3-4-5 for home drivers in the 1965 British GP!

As Alex Kalinauckas hears in our preview on page 16, the 2022 Brits are unlikely to get near that result, but there is optimism that Mercedes and McLaren should be reasonably competitive on Silverstone’s sweeps.

The venue that hosted the very first world championship race has come through a diffi cult few years and is now looking at a bright future. Matt Kew hears from managing director Stuart Pringle about his plans for both Silverstone and the British GP on p24.

Of course, it always helps to have a close race and a tight championship when F1 arrives. We should get the former this weekend because Ferrari and Red Bull have proved very evenly matched at most venues so far in 2022 and the new ground-effects cars should allow more overtaking possibilities. But Charles Leclerc needs to start eroding Max Verstappen’s points lead if we are going to have a real title fight that lasts to the final GPs in October and November.

Kevin Turner Chief Editor


7 JULY British GP report All the action and opinion from Silverstone, plus Formula E in Morocco

COVER IMAGES Coates/JEP/Motorsport Images

PIT & PADDOCK 4 Lola saved as famous name returns 6 Gasly staying, says AlphaTauri 8 Jota to run Porsche LMDh 11 McLaren ties up with Nissan for FE 13 Opinion: Alex Kalinauckas 14 Opinion: Tom Howard 15 Guest column: Tom Gamble


BRITISH GP 2022 16 British GP preview: F1’s star Brits 24 The future of Silverstone 26 Five other things to watch this weekend 29 British GP preview: essential info


RACE CENTRE 30 Rovanpera dominates tough Safari Rally 36 Lloyd’s BTCC redemption at Cro 42 Goodwood Festival of Speed highlights 48 World of Sport: IMSA; WTCR; NASCAR Cup; ADAC GT Masters; MotoGP

CLUB AUTOSPORT 61 Dolan cars destroyed in fire 62 Eriksson joins British GT field 64 Driver hospitalised a er Oulton crash 66 National reports: Snetterton; Cro ; Kirkistown; Brands Hatch; Oulton Park 76 Caterham’s finest hour

FINISHING STRAIGHT 78 What’s on this week 80 From the archive: 1938 Italian GP 82 My favourite car: Karun Chandhok

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